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Adopted a milk what?

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We adopted a doe (about 5 years old) and her two bucklings (not wethered), now 9 months old. We've had them for about a month. Mom and kids had been together on a regular basis but the previous owner claimed there was no sexual activity.

How can we tell for sure?

Hannah (the doe) gives about 1 1/2 quarts of milk every other day. We don't want to dry her off if she's not pregnant but we want her to be as strong and healthy as possible if she is likely to kid. I figured that the latest she might kid, if she was pregnant when we got her, would be early April. I have no idea what the earliest is she might kid.

She hasn't shown any signs of heat since we've gotten her, but I couldn't swear to that as I'm not really sure what to look for. Based on just reading and no experience she doesn't seem to have come into heat. Is that perhaps an indication that she might already be pregnant?

We're new at this (as you can probably tell!) and want to do what's best for Hannah. BTW, the boys will be butchered later in the month (the earliest date we could book it for) and are kept separate from Hannah.

Any suggestions for us? Thanks.
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And do get a good goat mineral for her with plenty of copper. I think you'll see a difference in her coat in a few months.

I do agree with getting some good minerals, make sure they are loose & not blocks. If not goat mineral, that is JUST for goats, (don't buy anything sheep & goat.) Get a dairy cow mineral.
I would like to say that most Toggenburgs grow long hairy coats in the winters. To me she looks healthy, but still could use a bit of mineral to add some shine. (Black Oil SunFlower Seeds, also known as BOSS will help also. The same ones for birds.)

I also would like to note her kids look very small for nine month old bucklings. If they arn't miniture breed % I would worry they would have a hard time servicing the doe. My nine month old Alpine buckling would be taller and maybe just big as your doe.

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