Do goats get "morning sickness"?

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by farmgirl42, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. farmgirl42

    farmgirl42 New Member

    Jan 2, 2010
    Eastern Ohio
    OK, so I've been wondering - do goats get "morning sickness"? It seems like a couple of my does have been suffering from this since breeding - both of them around the 2nd month. They are just more sluggish then usual and not as excited about eating for a few days, and then it seems like they bounced back to their normal self.
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    I have heard this question asked before - I dont know a real answer for that though. I guess its possible but I would guess it to be sooner then the 2 month mark if it is to be considered like morning sickness.

  3. nutmegfarm

    nutmegfarm New Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    NE Ohio
    Thats a good question, I'm curious :chin:
  4. LaurieW

    LaurieW Member

    Sep 23, 2013
    I was just going to ask a similar questions. We have a doe that is about 5 weeks along isn't finishing her food. (we did recently increased their evening ration by adding a cup of BOSS and an additional cup of goat feed). She's a dairy/meat goat mix and has been an 'easy keeper' as one goat owner described her. But just noticed a difference in her, but no change in stool, or indications of worms. She's such a sweet and 'easy going' doe.
  5. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    If you increased the feed amount, she may not be used to it.
  6. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    That be a lot of BOSS, mine only get a handful at every meal.
  7. LaurieW

    LaurieW Member

    Sep 23, 2013
    I will cut back on the BOSS a little. Was going with the suggestion on the FIAS site and giving a cup to my doe in milk with twins. I had thought she suggested the same amount for bred does too, but realized I was incorrect. A handful is what is suggested for bred does. Maybe this increase was a little too much. Thankfully, she is smart and knows when to quite. We have minerals and baking soda and the does use it. Perhaps I am attributing too much human-ness to our doe, LOL.
  8. PowerPuffMama

    PowerPuffMama New Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    I just searched for this topic. I have a Saanan that is almost 2 months pregnant and for the past week she just seems off. Everything else is okay and no changes.

    The only other thing I can think of is a shift in the herd hierarchy and she doesn't like it.

    Any suggestions?

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  9. dreamacresfarm2

    dreamacresfarm2 also known as Mayia real life Cheri

    May 10, 2014
    couple of my does went thru the same thing and I had not changed their feed. They are over it now but are going crazy for the rose hips.
  10. J-TRanch

    J-TRanch J-T.Ranch.Dairy.Goats

    Jan 31, 2014
    Clayton, KS
    They do not "throw up" per say like people do...but alike with dogs and horses, they may or may not finish food. But they should bounce right back. Any doe that continually acts "off" should be looked at or taken to a vet for evaluation
  11. kccjer

    kccjer New Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    NW Kansas
    Morning sickness is generally caused by a shift in hormones. Since pregnancy causes a shift in hormones I'm sure animals can experience morning sickness also. Since many of the issues related to morning sickness are also exacerbated by dehydration....make sure your does are drinking water like they should be.
  12. harleybarley

    harleybarley Member

    Sep 15, 2014
    On the BOSS - they contain a lot of phosphorous along with all those minerals we want... too much relative to calcium will through off your calcium: phosphorous balance. Keep in mind that Fiasco suggests daily tums supplements. According to this site, BOSS has 6x as much phosphorus as calcium:

    I don't give any goat more than 2 handfuls of BOSS per feeding. It's a good supplement, but not a balanced feed.
  13. rebelINny

    rebelINny Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    I think they can. Most of my does are normally fine but I had one yearling bred this year that seemed,like she had morning sickness the first month and a half. Nothing was off except she just didn't eat as much. Now she eats like a crazy woman! She is making up for lost time. Lol
  14. PowerPuffMama

    PowerPuffMama New Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Mine has been eating her daily grain ration fine (a little slower than usual) but only nibbles at hay. Also seems mopey most of the time.

    Hopes she feels better soon as I miss my spunky girl.

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