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A question about my pregnant does

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I have searched the internet far and wide for the answer to this question but ive been getting nothing...
is there any way that does can line up their due dates and time births to happen at the exact same time? Kinda like how if women live together for a long enough time their periods will stay on a similar schedule to each other..?
i have two pregnant does and one of them, butter, started showing signs of labor on thursday.. just the typical bagging up more, white and clear discharge, tail ligaments disappearing, etc.. so i move her to the kidding pen and we’re good.
then the next day when im sittingoutin her stall i look over (the goat pen is easy to see through the kidding stall, i like to think it keeps my more social does calm when they can see their penmates) to my other goat, scotch, bleating furiously.. i just assumed that she was anxious because butter wasnt in the pen anymore so i wrote it off but made a note to check on her every once in a while.
then about an hour or two later i go out scotch to see whats up and lo and behold shes draining tons of stringy clear discharge and her ligaments are gone as well!
I bought both does from auction so they very well could have had the same breeding date, but i assumed that butter had been bred before then because she was brought to auction with a buck.
Is this just a funny coincidence or has anyone else experienced their does doing this?
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You can synchronize heat cycles before breeding. There is a hormone insert. I will do a search.
I can share anecdotal info. 3 years in a row we would pick the date for our girls to camp out with our buck. The day would arrive and we move them in and note the calendar date. Boy goes wild, girls become flirts. 21-22 days later - nothing, nada, zip. Blood test at 45 days - yep pregnant. First girl starts stringy stuff - into the kidding pen. She starts hollering and delivering kids and the other girl (her mom) starts hollering - yep, she's in labor. I'm going back and forth between the two pens, across the barn from each other. Both deliver, both are happy. 3 years in a row that happened. Last few years- the younger doe is generally a month ahead of her mom - but she's also a bigger flirt and will get the job done through a cattle panel if we're not careful. Not sure about this year yet - could be any day now.
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