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Old 03-02-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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We have a 5 year old pygmy doe.... I'm very nervous that the little foster buck we had here a couple weeks ago may have snuck one in through the gate. I know at her advanced age a pregnancy would be dangerous right? Is there any way to tell if she's pregnant or do we just have to wait?

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Well, you could send a blood sample to Bio-tracking. Or you could wait and see.

5 years old is not an aged doe though. That doe should be right at her prime. Pygmies and Nigerians live for a long time @15 years and many of them kid out at 10 and 12 years with no problem at all.



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goathiker we posted at the smae time! I was going to say the SAME thing!

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I agree 5 isn't that old.....

is she is in really poor or good condition?

How long ago was she exposed to the buck?

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It is pretty hard to tell (as evidenced by my Curiouser who just delivered twins and did not look pregnant) without tests or sonograms.
My Tabatha is 8 and just delivered. She was a FF at 5. She is Nubian so I do not know how that compares to a Pygmy but my guess is she will be okay.

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When feet are coming out of the vulva

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When feet are coming out of the vulva
Mwahahaha!

And no, five is NOT old. Not by a long shot. Who told you that? Most breeders do not retire their does until 9-10 and they don't have a problem living to be 15. They have a lifespan similar to many breeds of dogs.

I don't know how far into the spring Pygmy goats will come into heat, but maybe you have seen heat cycles since the suspected breeding. If you saw her wagging her tail more than normal, mounting other goats, making weird noises, or saw goopy discharge on her rear end or tail (usually whitish to yellow colored) then she was in heat. If she had any of those symptoms after she was possibly bred by the little buck then she probably didn't conceive.

Also, once they are at least two months pregnant you can usually see a change in the shape of their "pooch" (their girl parts.) They will start to get more swollen and the tip at the bottom will be more tear-drop shaped rather than the normal triangular of a non-pregnant doe. Her anus will go from tightly tucked up under her tail to kind of well...less tucked up, so that it is closer to level with her girl parts. Kind of a gross description, and your family/friends will think you are a weirdo for staring at a goat's butt...but its a good indicator. I can usually feel a kind of lump in the lower belly in front of the udder a couple of months in...and can sometimes feel kid movement as early as three months pregnant. Usually easiest to feel right in front of the udder and I have to use a little pressure.

You can send a blood sample to biotracking.... www.biotracking.com ... Its not spendy, but drawing blood is difficult to learn (for me it was.) A vet could do the same thing I'm sure but would charge you more.
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