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Hey y'all. Newbie here with my gals Coco and Zeppy. We're all new to this kidding thing. My girls are FF and Coco is due March 6-7, and Zeppy is due any time between March 6 & April 10. I think Zeppy is likely due between March 13 and 20th though based on heat signs and a messy rear end. View attachment 195077 View attachment 195077 View attachment 195077
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Here's the buck. I sold him after he did the deed though. Hopefully I dont come to regret that decision.

And the ladies before pregnancy and their winter fluff..... and before we removed the tarp they destroyed because they're the reason we cant have nice things lol.

Edited to add the pics that didnt upload the first time because I was too impatient apparently and hit post thread.
 

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Your does are cuties! Are they mini Nubians? The ears are so fun!
I am honestly not sure. I was told pygmy/nigerian, but those ears scream nubian to me, so they could be mini nubian. The farm where they came from doesn't keep detailed written records I guess, so at this point it's a wash of goats it seems. Im curious to see what the babies look like as well.
 

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Oh they are just precious! My two does are due in early March as well and it's my and their fist times too. It's so exciting isn't it? :clapping:
Yes! Im so nervous and excited at the same time. I have been doing so much reading and research, but then get nervous because a lot of what you read seems to be the horror stories and that scares me. Im excited to experience this though. These will be the first babies born on our little homestead, so that makes it just a bit more special.
 

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I am honestly not sure. I was told pygmy/nigerian, but those ears scream nubian to me, so they could be mini nubian. The farm where they came from doesn't keep detailed written records I guess, so at this point it's a wash of goats it seems. Im curious to see what the babies look like as well.
I'm sure the kids will be adorable! Your girls have such sweet faces. They look really healthy, too.
 

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I'm sure the kids will be adorable! Your girls have such sweet faces. They look really healthy, too.
Healthy or robust lol. Honestly thanks though. I feel like I'm constantly obsessing about if they're too fat, too skinny, lacking something mineral wise.
They both have flaky skin since getting their winter coats, so I've been putting TruCare 4 top dress in their minerals, but they're still flaky
 

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Healthy or robust lol. Honestly thanks though. I feel like I'm constantly obsessing about if they're too fat, too skinny, lacking something mineral wise.
They both have flaky skin since getting their winter coats, so I've been putting TruCare 4 top dress in their minerals, but they're still flaky
Mine always get flaky / itchy skin during the winter. Especially when they're growing in their winter fur. This year, I tried copper bolusing them, and that seems to have helped a lot. I tend to have a lot of copper issues in my herd, though, so I'm not sure that would work for everyone. Hopefully they clear up soon! You might try giving them a little bit of vitamin E , since that is good for the skin and hair. I wonder sometimes if goats don't just get dry winter skin, like people do.
 

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Yes! Im so nervous and excited at the same time. I have been doing so much reading and research, but then get nervous because a lot of what you read seems to be the horror stories and that scares me. Im excited to experience this though. These will be the first babies born on our little homestead, so that makes it just a bit more special.
I know what you mean, but I'm actually not that nervous because I feel as prepared as I'm going to be. I'm sure when it gets closer to the time I'll start getting more nervous, but for now I'm think I'm just excited. I read that only 5% of goat births require intervention, so that's something to keep in mind. Also having a vet's phone number on hand probably puts my mind at ease a bit. Do you have a reliable goat vet or goat mentor you can call if something goes wrong?
 

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Mine always get flaky / itchy skin during the winter. Especially when they're growing in their winter fur. This year, I tried copper bolusing them, and that seems to have helped a lot. I tend to have a lot of copper issues in my herd, though, so I'm not sure that would work for everyone. Hopefully they clear up soon! You might try giving them a little bit of vitamin E , since that is good for the skin and hair. I wonder sometimes if goats don't just get dry winter skin, like people do.
That is possible. They are due for copper bolus at the end of the month, so they will be getting that. I may try finding some Vit. E and dosing that. The TruCare has zinc so I was hoping that would help, but it didn't really make a difference.
 

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That is possible. They are due for copper bolus at the end of the month, so they will be getting that. I may try finding some Vit. E and dosing that. The TruCare has zinc so I was hoping that would help, but it didn't really make a difference.
You can try giving the human vit. E capsules. Just open them up and put them on the feed.
 

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We use a vet that does farm calls and sees livestock so I am confident there. Im sure he would come out for a "farm" call or we could load her up and meet him at the clinic if the need arose. I don't actually have any goat people that I know super well that are close, but I have made a couple contacts that I may be able to reach out to and see about finding some help if needed. The nurse at my kids' school actually has goats, so that may be an option if need be.
 

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Welcome to TGS and the wonderful world of KIDDING EXCITEMENT!
The first time was nerve wracking for me, and the second time too! (Haven’t had a third time yet). But when it’s happening, you are just there, doing what needs to be done, which is hopefully just helping to dry off babies and dipping their cords, serving warm water to mom, cleaning up, giving supplements...
It is a marvel to witness a doe kidding!
 

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Beautiful does by the way! I love their ears too!:inlove:
I have a wether named Coco.
When assessing their condition, don’t go by the sides. Feel their spine. If you can’t find the spine at all, then they’re fat. If it sticks out sharply, they are skinny.
 
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