Friday, January 3, 2014

Pending birth on the Homestead

      Our Boer nanny goat is pregnant.  We do not know the exact day she was bred.  I just know that we have a 2 week spread that our male Pygmy  was quite attentive but never saw the act take place.  I thought she would be due around the 21st of this month but yesterday afternoon she started acting different.
      She did not come for feeding.  We went into her stall and she was just lying there with a faraway look in her eyes.  Later she got up and would wander around, urinate, and go back to lie down.  This was the pattern all day and all night.  She was very restless.  We checked her ligaments and they were all but disappeared but she had no milk and was showing no sign of mucus leaking from "that" area.

    We made sure the birthing area was clean with fresh straw and turned on a heat lamp.  It was 20 degrees through the night and if she birthed, we wanted the babies to be warm enough.  Every hour we checked on her but nothing.  It is now mid afternoon of day 2 and she is not much different.
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     She is going out to sun herself for awhile and has eaten 2 tomatoes today but has not touched her grains.  Other than this, she seems healthy and I think it is just due to labor and not an illness.

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She is enjoying the afternoon sun.
  We have had her just about 9 months so this is her first birthing with us.  The people we got her from said her last pregnancy that she had twins in a snowstorm and they did not make it.  We bred her with a pygmy to make the pregnancy easier on her and hope it all turns out well.  I am hoping to be showing you new baby goat pictures very soon.

    Some signs that your goat is in labor:

  • Udder has bagged up 
  • urinating and squatting a lot (check)
  • loss of appetite (check)
  • restless (check)
  • ligaments soften or disappear (check)
  • acts different than normal (check)
  • eyes become glassy or has faraway look in eyes (check)
  • biting at her sides (check)
  • paws the ground 
  • discharge from the vulva 
  • vulva loosens
     Goats are all different and what happens with one goat and her labor can be totally different with another nanny.  These are just things to look for and as you can see from the list above, our nanny is presenting with some of the signs but not all.  

UPDATE:  Today is Sunday the 5th and still no babies.  She acted the way I described above for 2 days and even arched her back a few times.  But on the 3rd day, she was back to acting normal.  I guess it was false labor.  I am still watching her carefully and will update as needed.  Has this happened on your farm before?

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  1. Poor baby.. I feel for her. Hope her labor is about to be over and she has a new baby to care for.

  2. Melody,
    Is there any news? I am afraid it is not good news since we haven't heard anything. Hoping all is well.

    1. Carrie, I guess she was not pregnant afterall. We just really misread things I guess.


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