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Pregnant goat???

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Julianna123, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    The feeling of kids is definitely quite exhilarating! I find I get the best kid kicks when I stand over my does with a hand on their abdomen just in front of the udder, and a hand on the right side. Their rumen is on the left side, so feeling kids kick there is a bit difficult. Sometimes I'll jiggle their abdomen a little bit, see if I can 'wake' any kids in there. My does don't mind my fretting over their tummies, since they're quite friendly. Eventually they get bored and want to go eat hay, though!
     
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  2. Julianna123

    Julianna123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm:/ I thought her stomach had dropped because there's a hollow area near her hind legs, spine, and stomach... But I might be wrong. But then again you can't really see the hollowness from the pics, but it's quite obvious when looking at her in front of you.... Could they drop a couple of days before kidding? Or is it a sure sign that she'll kid 24 hrs after dropping?
    Stacykins:
    I wish my goat would let me pet her underneath her belly! She'll tolerate me petting her on top of her right side, (as long as she's eating) but if I get to close to her udders she'll prance away:rolleyes:
     
  3. Julianna123

    Julianna123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys! Today I was watching my goats stomach and on her left side, which I know is her rumen, there was a lot of movements that looked like babies moving around . There was a lot of small areas rising and moving and rippling. There was nothing on her right side. Is it possible that. The babies can move on the left side? Thanks
     
  4. orumpoultry

    orumpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They can settle on one side when they're trying to position.
     
  5. Julianna123

    Julianna123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting... So what I saw could possibly be the babies? Cause I've never seen a rumen move like that....
     
  6. svfarm

    svfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With my one doe, I could easily see the babies move about a week before she had them.
     
  7. Julianna123

    Julianna123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay thanks:)
     
  8. Gloryjasmine

    Gloryjasmine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey Julie it's Glory from your other goat food thread. I've been reading all of these posts and wanted to touch on a few things. These are my experiences. Ok my mama,Sassy,had her 3rd set of twins with me. So she will more than likely deliver another set of twins. (Very soon[​IMG]). With her,she is the brattiest goat ever,hence her name,until she's prego!!! She's a lover then. So being that you don't know your does personality prior to pregnancy,it's hard to say how her normal character is. She may stay sweet and she may not. [​IMG]. Sassy always bags up prior to kidding. She shows all of the normal signs of restlessness,up down,up down,pawing to make a nest,dazing,mood changes,white vaginal discharge,tail flagging,etc. Now,she is an experienced birther. So no help needed so far. She cleans each kid wonderfully. She eats the after birth as well. She handles the umbilical cord. She's really an awesome mother! So greatful for her. God instilled each animal with instincts. Sometimes we need to trust these. As said before,you've been given some of the "get in there" signs. But like you stated also,you may not be there. I was present for Sassys but missed Audrey's. She did awesome for her first time!!! Now Audrey just had her first kid this year. Just one. The Billy I just sold. [​IMG] She didn't bag up until right before kidding and after. She showed some similar signs to Sassy but not a lot. She is very sweet when she's not prego. But when prego,she's more stand-offish. [​IMG]. Also even my,sweet when pregnant,Sassy does not like it when I get under her belly or touch her udder. Everywhere else is just fine! Sometimes I can easily feel her kids,sometimes I can't. Don't fret my dear! The one thing they both did was leave their herd to kid. Which is normal. I,by the advice of my livestock Vet.,give my pregnant does a parasitic vaccine about a month prior to kidding. I do not use the pellets,as I've heard and experienced they're not as strong. The mothers are being depleted by their young while they're in the womb as well as while nursing. This makes the mamas systems a bit weaker and therefore more succeptable to parasites. (Ie:worms) And I also told you that some breeders will give some extra supplements/vitamins to their expecting mothers. You'll get to know her better each day. And people use different methods and sometimes the same. They're your babies! You need to decide what's best for them now. We can only try to coach you from our own personal experiences. I can't wait until you're a mother too!!! Keep me updated please!!!!! Pm me like before if you want. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]. God bless sweet[​IMG]!
     
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  9. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    A parasitic vaccine? Do you mean you give them an injectable wormer medication? Not exactly a vaccine ;)

    The stress of a kidding does make a doe more susceptible to parasites, any stress does. Most people worm a doe a day or two after kidding though, once her maximum stress has passed. To ensure you are doing a good job with herd parasite management, one should worm only when necessary. If fecal samples are good and eyelid colors are good, even a doe that just kidded does not need a course of wormer. We must all be careful about reducing parasite resistance in our herds, so all of our valuable wormers don't lose their efficacy.
     
  10. Gloryjasmine

    Gloryjasmine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, so I accidentally used the wrong word. Oopsie!!! I wormed both of my does a day after kidding the first time around. But my vet (he's a professional livestock only vet)said its actually better to do it prior so that it has a chance to take full effect. So you disagree. No biggie. As I told her,everybody does things a little differently. She just acquired this goat. It might not have ever had any prior worming. Don't you think it's better to be safe as to not "stress" her depleted body out anymore? And to protect her young? I respect your opinion,however,I disagree.
     
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