End of The Line Farm

Raising and breeding
Nigerian Dwarf goats in NJ

Checking for ligaments

For more on this subject as well as pictures and video check out my page "From Heat to Birth"

Description on how to check for ligaments:

The ligaments are pencil like rods that run down the rump area to the tail. They form an upside down V if looking from the butt of the goat. You feel in a DOWNWARD motion - dont try and squeeze around, this will give you a false indication on "loose" ligaments.

As the ligaments loosen during prelabor they "fall down"(like a clothes line sags as it gets used) and become harder and harder to feel. The rump becomes less rigid and when you feel down for the ligaments it only feels "mushy" under the skin. The area of the birth canal is now ready for the kids to pass through.

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