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first freshener question

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by kinnip, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    What's the earliest you've had a first timer start bagging up? My pregnant Nigie has started getting her udder. She shouldn't be due until January 11th. We had a fencing malfunction about a month before I bred her, and it's possible, but unlikely, she got knocked up then. She appeared to have another heat cycle after the unintended male exposure, so I thought I was safe. Everything I've read suggests that bagging up in first fresheners doesn't happen until days before the birth, at most. Her tendons are still firm.
  2. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    I have had FF start a month to 2 months working on their udders. Its normal and She just might surprise you in December. Been there done that. Fence breeding as I thought this doe wasnt bred and she gave me twins. Yep she should be fine. If you can try to feel to make sure its not hard and hot just to be on the safe side. I check my girls all the time.
  3. Sebrightmom

    Sebrightmom Songster

    Jun 26, 2008
    Greencastle, IN
    I am not sure about first freshers, because it has been so long since I had one. But my second timer was bagged up for a month or more until she kid.
  4. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Thanks, that makes me feel better. I feel of it everyday. I can't help myself, it's so cool! I know she appreciates my cold hands on her.
  5. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    To me that sounds about right. Mine start 4-6 weeks before they're due. My timers, though...they start even earlier than that!
  6. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    My goats seem to bag up a month early, just to put me on edge and make me wonder if the buck was hopping the fences at night.
  7. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    About six weeks is the "norm" for my first fresheners.
  8. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master 11 Years

    Feb 8, 2007
    I read that it was about a month before due date. However, I have one that had her first kid this spring, and we didnt even know she was going to have them till she had him!
    I am dissapointed with my new goats, we got them from my boss, fullbred boer goats with excellent lines, and he bred them first before bringing them over. Unfortunately, none of them had kids! They should have had them in November. Oh well, I suppose not a big deal considering they were free.[​IMG]
  9. Quote:It's still early though, maybe they'll be here by the weekend--that is unless you know for sure they aren't pregnant.....
  10. We have a pygmy doe that we got August 2nd, put her in with the male around August 8th. Which would put her doe sometime in January. Well she looks like she swallowed 2 watermelons and has so for about a month now. As for her bagging up, it has started about 2 weeks ago, not real big bags yet, but starting...So she will be bagged up for about 1 1/2 2 months before the babies are born.... Maybe it's triplets...
    This is her first time being breed too....

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