How can you tell if goat is pregnant?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by Trip Trap Mountain, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Trip Trap Mountain

    Trip Trap Mountain New Member

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    May 1, 2011
    Boone, NC
    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?

    Thanks!! Good to "see" everyone, I hadn't logged in in a long time.
     
  2. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you

    Apr 13, 2011
    Oregon Coast Range
    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.
     

  3. J.O.Y. Farm

    J.O.Y. Farm ~Crazy Goat Lady~

    Jan 10, 2012
    New Hampshire
    goathiker we posted at the smae time! I was going to say the SAME thing!
     
  4. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you

    Apr 13, 2011
    Oregon Coast Range
    :hi5:
     
  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator

    Jul 20, 2008
    corning california
    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?

    Well welcome back.... :hi5: :thumb:
     
  6. luvmyherd

    luvmyherd Active Member

    Apr 9, 2011
    NorCal
    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.
     
  7. Epona142

    Epona142 The farm that Hope began

    May 25, 2008
    Madisonville, TX
    When feet are coming out of the vulva :)
     
  8. firelight27

    firelight27 Hopelessly Addicted

    Apr 24, 2009
    Southern Oregon
    Mwahahaha! :ROFL:

    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.
     
  9. J.O.Y. Farm

    J.O.Y. Farm ~Crazy Goat Lady~

    Jan 10, 2012
    New Hampshire
    :ROFL: :slapfloor:
     
  10. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator

    Jul 20, 2008
    corning california
    So silly... :laugh:
     
  11. Epona142

    Epona142 The farm that Hope began

    May 25, 2008
    Madisonville, TX
    Of course, in this instance, the goat will not be pregnant much longer....

    ;)
     
  12. WarPony

    WarPony New Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    Michigan
    and THIS^^^ is why I love you so much, lol!!!!
     
  13. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator

    Jul 20, 2008
    corning california
    :laugh: :wink:
     
  14. Jessaba

    Jessaba Senior Member

    May 13, 2010
    Georgia
    :laugh: :ROFL: :slapfloor:

    This is true...Pygmies can breed throughout the year unlike most other breeds.

    If there is another goat breeder near you they may be willing to teach you to learn how to draw blood....I have a lady who lives near me (bought a buck from her last year) and she has agreed to teach me to disbud, castrate, and even draw blood this spring