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I have a pygmy doe due to kid February 5. This is my first time kidding. I'm kinda freaking out and was hoping I could get some help? How do I know when she's starting labor? She's started producing milk already, about 2-3 weeks ago...is that normal? My other doe is due February 22, but is bigger.
Any help and/or advice from people experienced would be greatly appreciated!!
 

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By "producing milk" are you saying she is bagging up and her udder is developing? Is this the first time kidding for the doe?

Usually when it gets close to time, there will be an amber colored discharge from her lady parts, swelling also. The doe will be showing signs of bearing down and pushing with the contractions.

In advance to delivery, the doe may make a nest by arranging straw/hay and scrapping out a hollow spot with her hooves and/or nose. The doe might get sort of restless, getting up and down more frequently, looking like she is trying to pee more than usual. Some people check the ligaments several times to see if they have softened or gone completely lax and disappearing.

From reading many of the post in the "Kidding Korral" and "Waiting Room" forums, it seems each doe has her own indications for getting ready for delivery. These are very educational forums to read for learning lots of useful information about kidding, complications, delivery, birthing after care, what to do when the newborns arrive and more.

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My girls sometimes get a small udder early and then usually it gets massive 1-2 days before. I can't help you on labor. I just had one of my pygmies deliver yesterday. I was out there and saw her big ole udder but she was due Feb 3rd so I figured I had a couple days. She wasn't acting different at all so I go back inside. An hour and a half later my husband came home to her delivering baby #2
 

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I am new to this forum. I joined yesterday because I’m hoping for some answers to questions pertaining a pregnant doe of mine. Not sure if due date, buck and doe are kept together. She’s lost mucous and her ligaments feel fairly mushy since yesterday. She’s lying around a lot but not contracting. She’s also licking and biting at her sides. A lot. Even pulling some hair out near her back end. Her udder isn’t full and tight yet but has grown over the last month. She’s been yawning a lot too and stretching and doesn’t want me to check her ligs. She’s usually very affectionate and loves attention. Do you think she’s close to kidding? Sorry for replying to this with my own questions, but I honestly have no clue how to start a thread of my own.
 

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I should add that since suspecting pregnancy a month ago, we’ve built her a separate pen and have been keeping her in there since we’re unsure of her due date and our buck is quite aggressive with sexual behavior so we figured it was best to pen her alone. She has a heat lamp and fresh straw and water and we’ve upped her grain intake and feed her alfalfa flakes as well. I also add molasses to her water to encourage more hydration. I haven’t dewormed her because I’m not sure when she will kid and I don’t want to harm babies.
 

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I am new to this forum. I joined yesterday because I'm hoping for some answers to questions pertaining a pregnant doe of mine. Not sure if due date, buck and doe are kept together. She's lost mucous and her ligaments feel fairly mushy since yesterday. She's lying around a lot but not contracting. She's also licking and biting at her sides. A lot. Even pulling some hair out near her back end. Her udder isn't full and tight yet but has grown over the last month. She's been yawning a lot too and stretching and doesn't want me to check her ligs. She's usually very affectionate and loves attention. Do you think she's close to kidding? Sorry for replying to this with my own questions, but I honestly have no clue how to start a thread of my own.
Welcome Lisa1983, to make your own thread, go to Forums, pick an appropriate forum, e.g. waiting room, and click the brown button on the top right "post new thread". Good luck!
 

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By "producing milk" are you saying she is bagging up and her udder is developing? Is this the first time kidding for the doe?

Usually when it gets close to time, there will be an amber colored discharge from her lady parts, swelling also. The doe will be showing signs of bearing down and pushing with the contractions.

In advance to delivery, the doe may make a nest by arranging straw/hay and scrapping out a hollow spot with her hooves and/or nose. The doe might get sort of restless, getting up and down more frequently, looking like she is trying to pee more than usual. Some people check the ligaments several times to see if they have softened or gone completely lax and disappearing.

From reading many of the post in the "Kidding Korral" and "Waiting Room" forums, it seems each doe has her own indications for getting ready for delivery. These are very educational forums to read for learning lots of useful information about kidding, complications, delivery, birthing after care, what to do when the newborns arrive and more.

P.S. Welcome to the Goat Spot
Yes, she's bagging up. I've actually been able to get some milk out of her udder. And yes, this is her, AND my, first kidding lol. I am owned (lol) by her and her twin sister, who is also pregnant. They are almost 2 years old. They were born 3/27/2019. I've had them since they were 4 months old. Her sister is not due for 3 weeks after Buttons (who is due 2/5/2021) but she seems larger.
I can post pics of them if it will help anyone...
I will go look at those other posts. Thank you for letting me know. And thank you, too, for the friendly welcome!!
 

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My girls sometimes get a small udder early and then usually it gets massive 1-2 days before. I can't help you on labor. I just had one of my pygmies deliver yesterday. I was out there and saw her big ole udder but she was due Feb 3rd so I figured I had a couple days. She wasn't acting different at all so I go back inside. An hour and a half later my husband came home to her delivering baby #2
Awwww!!! That's awesome. I wish Buttons would just "give me babies" so I can calm down finally! I think I'll be okay with Snowflake delivering later this month, as long as I make it through Buttons. I do hooves in the beginning of the month, and January 2 when I checked them, Buttons was in milk and I could squeeze a small amount out.
I'm going to post pics I'm getting ready to go take. Snowflake it's due 3 weeks AFTER Buttons, but looks TWICE as big!
 
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I should add that since suspecting pregnancy a month ago, we've built her a separate pen and have been keeping her in there since we're unsure of her due date and our buck is quite aggressive with sexual behavior so we figured it was best to pen her alone. She has a heat lamp and fresh straw and water and we've upped her grain intake and feed her alfalfa flakes as well. I also add molasses to her water to encourage more hydration. I haven't dewormed her because I'm not sure when she will kid and I don't want to harm babies.
I won't even pretend to say I know very much about goat pregnancy, but I DO know not to feed alfalfa unless it's something she's already used to getting fed every day. Too much calcium and/or protein.
 

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At this point I would get your kidding kit together if you haven't already. Please do NOT milk out mom, even to check prior to delivery. This can introduce bacteria into the orifice and cause mastitis. Some does carry wider than others, but the big doe may have a bunch in there. Good luck - we would love to see pics of the babies.
 

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At this point I would get your kidding kit together if you haven't already. Please do NOT milk out mom, even to check prior to delivery. This can introduce bacteria into the orifice and cause mastitis. Some does carry wider than others, but the big doe may have a bunch in there. Good luck - we would love to see pics of the babies.
I have only done that once. And that was just to see. Im posting sme pics pre- and post getting pregnant below
 
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Just checking in to see how things are going. Have you gotten a kidding stall and kidding supplies ready for the upcoming delivery? Sometimes a doe goes into labor when you least expect it. They don't seem to give a hoot whether you just checked them an hour ago, when it's time, it's time.
Ye. I have them each their own sleeping place. And the security cameras up to watch. My kidding kit (2) is ready outside each stall, and the phone number of the vet and a long-time local goat raiser, since this is my first kidding . Is there anythng else i need? I will read that now. Thanks
 

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I think we're going to have babies tonight! Buttons (the brown one), is pawing the ground, pushing her head into the wall, she did NOT come out of the camper all day today, separating from the herd, making noises I've NEVER heard her make, and she's restless and, as I call it when talking about my horse, stall walking!
 

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I think we're going to have babies tonight! Buttons (the brown one), is pawing the ground, pushing her head into the wall, she did NOT come out of the camper all day today, separating from the herd, making noises I've NEVER heard her make, and she's restless and, as I call it when talking about my horse, stall walking!
Happy kidding, hope all goes well. You sound so excited, (highfive)
 
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