At what point does a bred doe's udder start filling out and firming up? How far along into the pregnancy?
One of my does has a hard bony-feeling mass or thingie along the right rib cage that feels about the size of a hoof. I never felt it before this morning although I handle and brush her down every day. It doesn't seem to bother her at all.
I can't really tell if she's pooching - too much hair! If I hold her tail up to push aside the hair, that taints the picture, right? If I look when her tails up on it's own, all I can see is hair. Her fleece is way too thick to clip w/scissors and she isn't scheduled for shearing until March.
If she were bred, it would have happened in October. But if she was preggers, wouldn't her udder be filling out by now?
Do you think you could be feeling a kid? My goats start showing some udder development about a month before their due dates. The udder will grow quickly and get kind of shiny right before they kid. But, sometimes they wait till just after kidding, just to make you crazy. Do you have an actual breed date? If not you'll have to be vigilant. Been there, now I've got very good dates to go by. Good luck, post some pics and the ladies here can tell if the does are bred, you need pics of their "cha cha" pretty close up, your neighbors will think you're a little strange, but they'll get used to it, lol.
Yes, Katie's a Navajo Angora. Her "cha cha" is not visible through all that hair. When I brush the hair aside to have a look, she drops her tail. Then if I pull her tail up, her "cha cha" does look poochy but couldn't that be from the tail muscles pulling the anus upwards?
Stacy, Katie came to me with a big udder. Apparently she kidded last spring up on the res. In the 3 months I've had her, her udder's shrunk back down. I can't see it now but what I feel is just a couple teets.
What about the bony protusion along the right side of her ribs? Does that ring a bell?
Katie has put on some weight. But then she was a bit underweight when I got her. She hasn't shown signs of going in season either. Could she, queen of the herd, be having silent heats???
Most dairy does start their udders 4-6 weeks before kidding but some wait until the last minute. As was mentioned--a fiber goat probably would not make a very large udder because they have not been bred to produce a lot of extra milk...just enough to feed the kiddos.
If she was bred in October that would make her due in March so she still has plenty of time to get started on that udder.
Thanks, everyone. I guess I'll have to keep an eye on her udder and it'd probably be a good idea to read up on kidding just in case. Can anyone recommend a nice, concise article that's available online to get me started? Or a book?