Sugar's ligaments are back from being almost gone Wednesday evening. Unless something changes suddenly I don't think she'll be kidding today (143 day). She'll probably hold out until her due date Sunday, but we'll see. There is really no predicting it. I heard someone say once that the only way to tell if a goat is about to kid is when they are pushing the baby out. I'd have to agree! There are many signs such as: being restless, change in behavior, off feed, udder filling with milk, ligaments gone, vaginal discharge, "posty" rear legs, arching back, babies "dropping" so the doe looks less pregnant, and the list goes on and on. But this can happen so fast that you might not have a chance to see many of the signs. Patience....... Not my virtue...
As you can see I'm giving her a buffet of whatever food she wants. Free choice grain, chaff, and hay. Usually you would never give a goat free choice grain (they will just eat until they are sick) but Sugar isn't a big eater and I'm trying to encourage her to have as much as she wants. She got like this last year too, but once she kidded it wasn't an issue anymore. I find she will eat if I give her very small amounts spread out through the day. I'm checking her urine for ketones once a day just to be sure she doesn't develop ketosis (a metabolic condition seen in skinny or over conditioned does in late pregnancy), but so far so good. She's very active and has no symptoms, but the way she doesn't like to eat a lot makes me be on the lookout, just to be sure.
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Does Due: (145 days)
Sugar - 05/07/17
Eleanor - 05/10/17, June?
Norah - 06/17/17
Norah'easter - 06/25/17