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Hey there. My goat, Dolly is definitely approaching her due date! The problem is... we are unaware of when she bred, so we are stuck playing a seriously exciting guessing game! Please view photos and let me know your thoughts! Days or Weeks?!? That is my question!!

Here are some key notes:
- tail is hooking
- started noticing her bag up approximately 4 weeks ago
- this is her first time kidding
- I cannot feel her ligaments but haven’t been able to for 2/3 days.

Thank you in advance for all your help.
 

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Hi; When our goats are ready to freshen [give birth] their udder gets considerably bigger, their teats will be shiny quite a bit, and mucus slime will start coming out under the doe's [goat's] tail. I can't tell how big her udder is but it is tucked well up under her so may be bigger than it appears. I would keep close check on her and watch for any more changes especially for the mucus. My husband just looked at the picture and noticed what looks like mucus on her tail. He thinks you are looking at days rather than weeks. Good luck.
 

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Hi; When our goats are ready to freshen [give birth] their udder gets considerably bigger, their teats will be shiny quite a bit, and mucus slime will start coming out under the doe's [goat's] tail. I can't tell how big her udder is but it is tucked well up under her so may be bigger than it appears. I would keep close check on her and watch for any more changes especially for the mucus. My husband just looked at the picture and noticed what looks like mucus on her tail. He thinks you are looking at days rather than weeks. Good luck.
Thank you tons for your reply. Once you see the mucus, how long do your does typically have?
 

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If you see thick, white mucous, that is her plug. In that case, she could still hold on to her hostages for days. When you see clear, amber streaming mucous, Get Ready, Get Set, and GO!
 

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I just put Quizzie (Nehi Minis Exc-Del Exquisite) in the kidding pen a few minutes ago, with a bucket of water (suspended above the floor so no babies can fall into it) and a hay bag.

She gave me some clues this morning:

1. Hanging by herself away from the herd.
2. Extra lovey-dovey, and doesn't want me to leave her.
3. Tail is really cocked, and ligaments are gone.

You can see the hollowness around her tail where the ligaments would normally be. No mucous yet, but she is not a first-timer. She could also be fooling me and do nothing today!



 
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I just put Quizzie (Nehi Minis Exc-Del Exquisite) in the kidding pen a few minutes ago, with a bucket of water (suspended above the floor so no babies can fall into it) and a hay bag.

She gave me some clues this morning:

1. Hanging by herself away from the herd.
2. Extra lovey-dovey, and doesn't want me to leave her.
3. Tail is really cocked, and ligaments are gone.

You can see the hollowness around her tail where the ligaments would normally be. No mucous yet, but she is not a first-timer. She could also be fooling me and do nothing today!



Thank you!! This is very helpful!
 

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F4 buck and doe twins for Quizzie! Sired by Gogo's Splash Me Royal.
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If you see thick, white mucous, that is her plug. In that case, she could still hold on to her hostages for days. When you see clear, amber streaming mucous, Get Ready, Get Set, and GO!
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View attachment 64302 View attachment 64301 Hey there. My goat, Dolly is definitely approaching her due date! The problem is... we are unaware of when she bred, so we are stuck playing a seriously exciting guessing game! Please view photos and let me know your thoughts! Days or Weeks?!? That is my question!!

Here are some key notes:
- tail is hooking
- started noticing her bag up approximately 4 weeks ago
- this is her first time kidding
- I cannot feel her ligaments but haven’t been able to for 2/3 days.

Thank you in advance for all your help.
When the goat has her babies she will lick them off if all goes as normal. Just make sure there is no film or any mucus covering the baby's nose so it can breathe. 99% of the time our mother goats did everything they are supposed to do. All went fine. The other 1% of them needed help of one kind or another. You will know when it happens. Good Luck.
 

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Do we have an update?
 

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I am checking on Dolly hourly! She is like one of my human children and we have a really cool bond, so I hate leaving her alone at all! With that said... NOTHING YET! I am trying to be patient but it’s killing me.
 

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That's a relief, hopefully the kidding will go ok for her. I had a ND that i bought once, unaware that she was bred. The kids were too big, I lost one kid and the mama. Figured out long afterward she had been exposed to an Alpine buck. Not fun.
 

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Oh, you must be going crazy. Has she shown any mucous at all yet?
 

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Plug.
 
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