Yep I’ve had my kidding kit ready to go for about 2 weeks now, gave her some selenium /e gel, and have a place for her. I’ve separated her from the boys and keep a doe with her for company that I will remove once she seems like shes going into labor. Ive been looking for the amber discharge and I will definitely keep an eye out for the sideways pointing teats!"Like watching paint dry" is a good description for an expectant doe without a known due date. Heck, it can be that way with the does that have a known due date at times. On the udder, yes some first timers will have a smaller udder than a doe that has kidded before. And yes, a meat goat may not have an udder the size of a dairy goat because they aren't normally bred for milk production throughout their dams and sires for generations. The ligaments will feel soft one day and more hard the next with most of the pregnant does and can't always be an exact indication birthing is close. The teats will begin to point more sideways and the udder will get a shinny appearance soon begore kidding. When she is close, she will begin to produce a stringy type discharge and when this discharge gets an amber (orange/red) color, delivery should be soon. Do you have a place set aside for her to kid and supplies on hand for when her time comes?
The buck she was bred with, do you know his breed/size and what whether he throws small or large kids?
I would go ahead and vaccinate the doe, it's not too late. Giving it now would mean she could pass some of the immunity of the vaccine to the little babes she is carrying.Another question if you don’t mind, I have a CDT vaccine that I ordered when I realized she was pregnant and I know you’re supposed to give it to them a month before kidding, but I’m kind of wary of vaccinating her too close to the due date.
thank you for your guidance! it really helps newbies like me trying to figure everything out I will vaccinate her.I would go ahead and vaccinate the doe, it's not too late. Giving it now would mean she could pass some of the immunity of the vaccine to the little babes she is carrying.