I have a (hopefully) bred doe, due March 18, that I have been having one heck of a time putting weight on! We dried her off just after breeding her because she was on the thin side after the year of milking. (Shes just a little mini Alpine and gives us well over a gallon a day) so I thought she deserved a good break and I'd use this time to fatten her up before kidding. She has free choice hay. I give her & her sister 1 flake AM and replace the "unwanted stuff" with a fresh flake in the PM. I have five different types of hay, they prefer and get a second cutting grass/clover/alfalfa mix. Grain time is a pain because her sister is at a nice weight and loves food, so I put Lorena on the stand to eat and its a toss up as to if she bolts her food, turns her nose up all together or eats about half. She is offered 1 cup beet pulp, 1 cup alfalfa pellets, 1 cup BOSS and 1 quart of Purina goat, twice daily, and has not gained weight since we've dried her off? What am I missing?! Now for the next puzzle, what is this lump? I might recall Lorana having excess skin/a puffy look there but never any reason for me to take more than a second glance. I am not sure when this became a lump, but it was easy to notice this morning so I'd say its very recent. I'm not sure what to call the area but its a fist sized, hard lump, that she doesn't appreciate me checking out, where her bag/udder connects in the back end.