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How pregnant does this little girl look? She’s just a baby herself so I’m stressed about this and trying to figure as much out and plan as much as I can. It was not us that allowed her to get pregnant as a baby and we are aware of how risky this could be for her. We have a vet in contact as well as long time goat breeders.

I am trying to get a guess as to how far along she is... I can’t check her ligaments as she’s too skiddish and I’m not trying to get her all upset trying to catch her. I’m working on her and her brothers trust slowly. Saturday we do plan to bring her in for an ultrasound but I was anxious to see what you guys thought. Thanks!
 

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Very hard to say. Udders develop differently for each female and without being able to check ligs it’s really hard to say.

Just hoping it turns out well with her being young.
 

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Very hard to say. Udders develop differently for each female and without being able to check ligs it’s really hard to say.

Just hoping it turns out well with her being young.
Okay... maybe tonight when I’m feeding her a little grain I can have hubs help me get ahold of her. We have the stall where we plan to have her kid so maybe we can coax her in there. I figured it might be a reach but I had to try.

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For me, it's easier to see looking straight down from above. The udder thing is great and all but IMHO generally that's a "last minute" indicator... Yes, some will start developing an udder well in advance, but typically that doesn't happen until you are well within a month of kidding. Looking straight down from above, you can generally see the kid(s) bulging out the right side, more apparent after a good feed and full rumen. Sometimes goats do carry low and internal vice out to the side and that can be seen by looking straight at them from the side at belly height. In my limited experience, my does dropped the kids into this "low hung" position before kidding to get them positioned. It was my indication they were close, coupled with the ligs.
 

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For me, it's easier to see looking straight down from above. The udder thing is great and all but IMHO generally that's a "last minute" indicator... Yes, some will start developing an udder well in advance, but typically that doesn't happen until you are well within a month of kidding. Looking straight down from above, you can generally see the kid(s) bulging out the right side, more apparent after a good feed and full rumen. Sometimes goats do carry low and internal vice out to the side and that can be seen by looking straight at them from the side at belly height. In my limited experience, my does dropped the kids into this "low hung" position before kidding to get them positioned. It was my indication they were close, coupled with the ligs.
Thank you! I’ll check her tonight and see what I can take pictures of and feel... she’s TINY right now. No wider it seems than her brother..
 

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If you look at some of the pictures in any/many of the kidding threads, you'll see what I'm talking about in the pics taken from above. Here's a couple of pics of two of my pregnant does from this spring. They are full sized Lamanchas, but it's the profile/shape you need to recognize.
Here is a pic of April taken 1/30/18 and another of her a couple days before she had triplets in late March 3/27:
2018-1-30 April.JPG

You can see in this picture that she's carrying out to the side as well as down low. This was several days before she kidded.
2018-3-24 April.JPG


Here's another of my does, Dot, pictures taken again 1/30/18 and again the day before she kidded twin (large) bucklings in late March 3/24
2018-1-30 Dot #1.JPG


2018-3-24 Dot dam (1).JPG
 

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Thank you! This is what she looks like from above...
 

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I can't tell... maybe she is but not far along...
 

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I can't tell... maybe she is but not far along...
So I just went out and was about to get some hands on her.

Her coat is coarse and looks brittle... she’s very much “food aggressive”, her ligaments feel hard and tight, her belly is also hard and tight and I did not feel any movement in her belly...

I know this may be an ignorant question but with the milk bag that she has is there any way that she ISNT pregnant? We have only ever had wethers let alone pregnant doe/doelings. The farm we got her from said that she was absolutely pregnant and her milk bag gave it away. Im not at all educated on how to know if a doe is pregnant. Thanks!!
 

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