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Hey y’all!

I have a Nigerian Dwarf goat who is showing all the signs of labor but since this is our first goat to have kids, we are still a little in the dark. This picture is of her today. Y’all have any advice for how long she has or estimated drop? We’ve been doing a check every 2 hours.

First time momma wants more info. Google only does so much.
 

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Here are some photos.

Not sure when she was bred, we have her and out boy who is also a dwarf. He’s about the same size as her.

She is pacing, nips at her side on occasion, very restless. It’s about 7:30 here now and wondering if I should do all night checks.
 

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Showing signs of labor?
What is she doing?
Her belly has dropped and hollowed out around the hips and tail. I've felt for the ligaments at her tail and I can almost touch fingers. She is restless and today is acting more friendly than normal. Her vulva is prominent. But no mucus, she isn't pressing her head against the wall. She is nipping/licking at her belly. She first started to really hollow out on Friday.

This was her this morning.
 

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Her udder doesn’t look tight.

Do you know when she was exposed to a buck?

It doesn’t sound like she is in labor at all.

Nesting, getting up and down a lot (nesting), a long stream amber clear tube color discharge, really full tight udder, but some fill after they kid. Ligs gone, pushing.

All you can do is watch her if you have no due date.
 

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Her udder doesn't look tight.

Do you know when she was exposed to a buck?

It doesn't sound like she is in labor at all.

Nesting, getting up and down a lot (nesting), a long stream amber clear tube color discharge, really full tight udder, but some fill after they kid. Ligs gone, pushing.

All you can do is watch her if you have no due date.
She and Jimmy (the buck) stay together 24/7 till we put her in the stall for birthing. So we really have no idea when she was actually bred. ‍♀

The reason why we started thinking she might be headed was she was very "full" on her sides and has started to hollow out on her hips and sides more so than before and her nipples became very prominent.

But we are also clueless as to goat kidding since these are the first two we have had and the first kidding...ever. So all advice is welcome!
 

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If they live together, then she probably is bred. They usually start building an udder about a month prior to kidding. You will need to separate the buck and doe. She can be bred right back after kidding and you don't want that to happen.
 

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If they live together, then she probably is bred. They usually start building an udder about a month prior to kidding. You will need to separate the buck and doe. She can be bred right back after kidding and you don't want that to happen.
We have already separated them. When she started hollowing out and her vulva started to become more noticeable, we put her in a stall with bedding and Jimmy is not around her. He loves his baby momma (lol) but don't want him to stress or hurt her with being pregnant or birthing.

We were told to make sure they are separated because he might hurt the babies?
 

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He can hurt the babies yes.
But, you do not want him to keep rebreeding her or any young doelings by mistake.

Bucks smell the discharge from the doe and will get false signals and will chase her down, trying to breed her. This will stress her and she may miscarry.

I have the bucks out with the does to breed, 2 to 3 breeding cycles and then he goes back to his pen.

She cannot recoup her body and may begin to prolaspe her uterus.
From not being able to get back into condition and shrink down.
She can come into season shortly after kidding too.

As long as he can see her, he should be OK.
 
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