Newbie Kidding Thread 2020-2021

Discussion in 'Waiting Room' started by YouGoatMe, Nov 1, 2020.

  1. YouGoatMe

    YouGoatMe Well-Known Member

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    May 31, 2020
    Texas
    I'm impatiently waiting on my very first kidding!! I have one Nubian FF and two Nigerian Dwarf FFs that will be kidding hopefully in the next couple of weeks. All three of them were bred to Sheldon, my small ND buck. I also have a Boer that is due hopefully in February, assuming her breeding took. She was bred to a standard Boer before I got her.
    I went to take pictures but of course they are over on the far end of the pasture and no amount of yelling and shaking feed buckets enticed them over. The neighbors definitely think I'm crazy. I'll include pictures from that last few weeks though!
    We've got kidding stalls set up, supply station ready to go....lights, camera....now we just need some action!
    Chloe2.jpg claire2.jpg soleil1.jpg sheldon1.jpg Winnie1.jpg
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2020
  2. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Nice goats, can’t wait to see the wee ones. ;)
     

  3. YouGoatMe

    YouGoatMe Well-Known Member

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    May 31, 2020
    Texas
    Thank you! We haven't really branched out into the registered stuff or looking for certain traits yet, but Winnie, our boer is registered and bred to a registered buck so I'm gonna have to figure out how to handle all of that! The rest of them I just thought were cute and/or pretty. Soleil is the closest to delivery and she's pretty much my best friend.
     
  4. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    All beautiful and healthy looking does!!
    I love that they got to keep their horns.
    Sheldon is a nice looking buck!
    Good luck with kidding!!
     
  5. YouGoatMe

    YouGoatMe Well-Known Member

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    May 31, 2020
    Texas
    Thank you! I wasn't worried about horned or not when I first started looking. My two nubians were disbudded as babies....the funny part is that they are the ones in charge of the herd! My oldest and largest nubian is queen and Soleil is second in command. Everyone else has their horns though. My inexperience led me to keep the horns on my goats because I worried about doing a bad job. I'd rather have horns than mess them up permanently.
     
  6. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    TEXAS
    They're looking great! I can't wait to see all the kids come along :)
     
  7. Moers kiko boars

    Moers kiko boars Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2018
    Oklahoma
    Oh...what cute does. And your buck.is Adorable. Cant wait to see.all your kidds! Remember...lots & lots of pictures(pic)
     
  8. YouGoatMe

    YouGoatMe Well-Known Member

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    May 31, 2020
    Texas
    Thank you!! He's a super sweet buck, but he DEMANDS head scratches and right now he's really stinky lol! I'm really excited to see the variety of color in the kids!
     
  9. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    So exciting! I'll be having my first kidding next spring, so it's nice to see other people's waiting threads while I'm trying to wait for mine! You have such cute goats!
     
  10. YouGoatMe

    YouGoatMe Well-Known Member

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    May 31, 2020
    Texas
    No signs this morning...I think the goat code is in full effect. Possible day 147. The biggest downside is that she was with the buck for 2 weeks and we never observed the deed. I hate not knowing when!! IMG_20201102_073235920.jpg
     
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  11. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    TEXAS
    If that's a picture from today ...I think you have a longer wait. Her udder isn't full yet. Though some gals do fill last minute she doesn't quite look ready to me. Sorry. I'd calculate from the last day she was with the buck for 145-150 days. She is getting closer though...nothing worse than the unknown :( hang in there.
     
  12. YouGoatMe

    YouGoatMe Well-Known Member

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    May 31, 2020
    Texas
    I'm starting to think the same thing. If I go to the last date she was with him today would only be 140 days. I'm ok with that! I just don't want to miss the big event. Yesterday I got my "midwife" station all set up so now I just wait. My husband is teasing me over the amount of goat back-end pictures in my camera roll.
     
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  13. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    TEXAS
    Yeah, my phone is the same lol. At most you have 15 days pretty much so, there's light at the end of the tunnel :)
     
  14. YouGoatMe

    YouGoatMe Well-Known Member

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    May 31, 2020
    Texas
    I can handle 15 days! In an ideal world, she'd just go Wednesday because my husband has the day off and we'll all be home. Of course, I know that won't happen!
    I am enjoying seeing a nice udder develop. She is a FF so she had nothing before! I'm REALLY hoping she will be a great milker since she is so friendly and loves cuddles. She loves the stand already, so fingers crossed that doesn't change.
     
  15. YouGoatMe

    YouGoatMe Well-Known Member

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    May 31, 2020
    Texas
    Officially driving myself crazy. I went to check on her at lunch and she's got mucus coming out. Gives me hope! I have changed her due date to "who knows?!"
     
  16. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    That’s a good guess for a due date!
     
  17. YouGoatMe

    YouGoatMe Well-Known Member

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    May 31, 2020
    Texas
    Well ya'll I don't know what is going on. The doe I thought was gonna give birth first is still looking good, no big changes. I just went to check on them all and one of the does due November 15th is acting like she's in labor. She was in the barn by herself and the rest of the herd was out on the pasture. She'd made herself a little dirt nest and didn't even try to get up when I walked over. Her udder is definitely full...very firm. She has a small big of stringy discharge. She is pawing at the ground, talking to her belly, silent yawn, up and down and just not acting normal. She stood for a buck on June 23rd, so that puts her at 133 days.
    I forgot to add, she has no ligaments. I hadn't even been consistently checking her because I didn't think it was time yet.
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2020
  18. Moers kiko boars

    Moers kiko boars Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2018
    Oklahoma
    Good luck. Be sure and put up pictures of the little ones!
     
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  19. YouGoatMe

    YouGoatMe Well-Known Member

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    May 31, 2020
    Texas
    I'm really worried about the time....isn't she too early?
     
  20. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Hopefully somebody can help you who really knows what they are talking about. @toth boer goats @GoofyGoat ?

    Is she eating normally? Getting up and moving around? I'd be worried about ketosis or something like that if she isn't. Do you have ketone strips you could test her with?

    I'm just guessing though so it might be completely normal. Sending hugs!:hug:
     
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