My two 3 yr old nubian mixes had their first babys this spring, and we have been milking for about 5 months now. yesterday am the smaller better milker (Lilly) did not come to the gate and did not want to participate in the am feeding/milking rituals. she was in her pen laying down and making short grunts (alot like the noises made before giving berth), everything looks normal, no bloat, eyes,nose clear...just off her feed and laying down with the grunting. i gave her some baking soda today even tho we have not changed her diet, we did get grass hay from a new source but they have been eating that for a few weeks now. we do not have a thermometer now, dh will bring one home when he gets off work today...but her utter feels warm, ears cool...today the other doe (Tilly) was also off her oats and while she did get on the milk stand after some coaxing, and i just took a little milk to releive any pressure, i could tell she too is not feeling good. oh as of yesterday both had normal poops. we've had a cold spell with some rain in the last few days and Tilly has some vaginal discharge. their stall is right next to a yearling buck who is not really showing any rutting interests yet, but does seem to be giving Lilly some gentle attention thru the fence... but i've read when they go in heat some go off their feed...really hoping that's all this is...we dont have a vet in the area and tend to rely on our more experienced neighbors for help and advice.