HELP I'm wanting to know if my goat is pregnant. She has milk and has been having lots of discharge. Can anyone tell when she might be due?

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Just as with humans, the babies come when they’re ready 😆 You could figure the due date to the date and she won’t kid until a week later, it’s just hard to get God to nail down a date for us lol
In my sheep experience, if I feel like they’re getting close, I get them ready. Move to a smaller pen, extra nutrition, checks every few hours throughout the day. You’ll see that she starts to prepare an area for birth. You’ll see her scratching at the ground, laying down then standing back up. She will seem restless. You might see her standing in one spot staring at nothing in particular. I had a Pygmy goat once who right before she went into labor started kind of throwing her head back and almost using her horns to scratch her back over and over almost like she was massaging herself if that makes any sense.
I know she’s been away from you for a while but you probably know “normal” behavior for her, you will see a shift in her normal behavior.
Good luck! Keep us updated!
 

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Just as with humans, the babies come when they’re ready 😆 You could figure the due date to the date and she won’t kid until a week later, it’s just hard to get God to nail down a date for us lol
In my sheep experience, if I feel like they’re getting close, I get them ready. Move to a smaller pen, extra nutrition, checks every few hours throughout the day. You’ll see that she starts to prepare an area for birth. You’ll see her scratching at the ground, laying down then standing back up. She will seem restless. You might see her standing in one spot staring at nothing in particular. I had a Pygmy goat once who right before she went into labor started kind of throwing her head back and almost using her horns to scratch her back over and over almost like she was massaging herself if that makes any sense.
I know she’s been away from you for a while but you probably know “normal” behavior for her, you will see a shift in her normal behavior.
Good luck! Keep us updated!
Ohhhh my goat's been doing all of that. Scratching her back with her horns pawing laying down in weird spots. A couple of times she was staring at nothing! Thank you very very much! I was wondering if she was acting weird because she was gone for a while but maybe she's just getting ready 😁
 

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If she's truly close to kidding - and I'm talking within a few hours - you'd almost be able to touch your fingers together under her tailbone. Also, if she is very close to kidding the udder is 'usually' very full, tight and even shiny. However, if this possible kidding will be her first - the udder isn't quite as reliable a method to determine impending birth.
Great answer FEM!!!

I had a hard time finding the ligaments when I first started looking for them. Eventually I did learn to find them. I recently started teaching DH to find ligaments. At first he couldn’t find them either. Then I told him to push in deeper than he thought he should, and lo and behold . .. .. he found them!!! I recently had a doe kid, and on the day she kidded, I noticed that the ligaments went from horizontal to vertical and then disappeared.
 

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When our mama goats are getting ready to kid, we put them in the 8 x 16 run behind our chicken coop. It has a little shelter and it is totally surrounded with 2x4” welded wire, so no hawks can come in and steal their the new little kids. We put down lots of fresh bedding, and a hay feeder, with lots of fresh hay, and of course lots of fresh water.

As far as nutrition goes, we give the mama goats free choice goat and sheep pellets, alfalfa pellets, beet pulp moistened with water, and loose minerals with Azomite (the minerals and ash stick to the damp beet pulp), The Azomite is volcanic ash with extra micro minerals that no other mineral supplement has. All of our goats seem exceptionally healthy with this feeding regimen.
 
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When our mama goats are getting ready to kid, we put them in the 8 x 16 run behind our chicken coop. It has a little shelter and it is totally surrounded with 2x4” welded wire, so no hawks can come in and steal their the new little kids. We put down lots of fresh bedding, and a hay feeder, with lots of fresh hay, and of course lots of fresh water.

As far as nutrition goes, we give the mama goats free choice goat and sheep pellets, alfalfa pellets, beet pulp moistened with water, and lose minerals with Azomite, which is volcanic ash with extra micro minerals that no other mineral supplement has. All of our goats seem exceptionally healthy with this feeding regimen.
Thank you. I was wondering if shavings are ok for bedding or if they need something special.
 
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