Two nights ago something disturbed the goats- I heard them hollering outside at the fence in pitch darkness- they never stay out in the dark, always in the barn at sunset. I went out to check on them and they all came in, seemed nervous but otherwise fine. I gave them extra hay and closed up the barn. The next day, Sugar the herd queen had completely bagged up! She wasn't due until late January, but she went into full labor. She delivered what would have been triplets- two does and a buck. The first two were dead, the last bleated a bit but was not going to survive. None of them had hair or open eyes. Just heartbreaking. Sugar is fine today, and now being milked. She has stopped looking for the babies and is back to being queen. She did pass three placentas so I guess she is going to be OK. The other does are all fine. I did find a muscovy duck carcass out in the pasture- I am guessing a fox came into the barn area (or the barn itself) and scared the bejeezus out of poor Sugar. Is it possible for sheer fright to cause a goat to abort? And do does automatically come into milk even if they are about to abort their kids?