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This is probably a silly question... when breeding a Nubian doe with a Nigerian Dwarf buck is the gestation about 150 days? I saw on a calculator that miniature breeds are 145 days, but I wasn't quite sure if that meant what the babies are or what the doe is.
 

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It says NDs can kids around 145 days but in my experience, the NDs I had went over 150 days. So I really don't go by that. I have all set for 150 days and expect anywhere +/- 5 days. Or even a little longer on the late side.

That said, each individual doe tends to have her own trend. I have a mini-Nubian that always goes on day 147 except last year it was day 148. I have another mini-Nubian that goes day 152. One Nubian that tends to go on her due date...so it will vary with each doe and I have found not breed specific.
 

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The 145 day thing is just the most common number that minis have their kids on. 150 is the most common for larger goats. 145-155 is kinda the time frame BUT I have had (Boers) go a week early and a week late.
Now my opinion on the matter, minis are know for having litters lol when I go back and look at when mine kid singles seem to hang on the longest and trips and quads seem to be more at the 145-150 (again Boers) so I think that is why Nigerians average 145. Funny enough though my week early doe had a single buck kid and my week late had triplets, so maybe I’m not onto anything at all here lol
 

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Last Kidding, my ND's went from day 146-152 and one went on day 157 so I'm thinking she had a five day heat. I had 6 does deliver 12 kids. Two singles, two sets of twins and two sets of trips...
You just never know...
Best advice I can give is be ready for anything on day 140 and get ready for a wild but exciting ride!
Oh also...don't forget to post pictures:)
 

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Thank you all so much! I am trying to figure out when to set up my baby monitor camera. I was trying to avoid setting it up too early because I know I'll be up multiple times per night checking on it out of excitement lol! So far I'm keeping an eye on her udder and back end. Her ligaments are nearly gone now! Tomorrow is 145 days so I'm going to just try my hardest to be patient. I will definitely post pictures!!
 

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Yes definitely get that camera ready. I know what you mean about checking and wearing yourself out before it’s time but it’s so much better then not checking and kicking yourself later. Because I had one go a week early that’s when I start checking mine. Of course those first ones tend to go more on day 155 just to make me suffer I still do it to be safe. I know the one year I don’t do it that’s when I’ll have early babies
 

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Be sure and read the "Goat Code". It will explain all about kidding and driving you crazy! Just don't let the goats read it! :p
LOL I just found it and read it. HILARIOUS and probably exactly what my doe is abiding by. I've been worried that she's going to pop while I'm out this evening for a few hours because 1. We will be gone, and 2. Full Moon!....seems like that might be the case according to the code.
 

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Why are you reading the **** on Gestation???
I ask because your goat cant read. so she doesn't know what she is doing. so she will kid when she decides to.
It's not a book, just a funny little list of "rules". I'm just trying to keep a close eye on her as it's her (and mine) first kidding. I know it will happen when the time is right for her.
 
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