It will be kidding time here in a few short months and we just can’t wait to see all the adorable bouncy babies! Our first year kidding we were so nervous and were not sure what goat kidding signs to look for.
We wanted to be sure that we would be there when our does kidded, so we needed to know what the common goat kidding signs to look for were.
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Goat Labor Timelines – are they exact?
One important thing to remember is that each goat labor timeline will vary based on your doe and her unique situation. Most does will present with these signs of goat labor, but some will do them sooner or later than others. So get to know your individual does.
Here are the top 5 goat kidding signs:
1) Loose Ligaments are a sign of goat labor
One of the signs of goat labor are when your does ligaments get loose.You should start feeling your does ligaments before it gets close to her kidding time, that way you know what they feel like normally.
The ligaments you will want to feel are her tail head ligaments. If you feel at the top of her hip bones and run your fingers down towards her tail, you will feel her ligaments (they feel kind of like pencils).
As your doe gets closer to kidding time, these ligaments will get softer and softer. Once you can no longer feel these ligaments (you will literally be able to touch your fingers together around her tail head), then she should be kidding very soon.
Of note, sometimes a doe will seem to loose her ligaments, but then they will come back some, only to go away again later.
2) Extra Discharge
One of the signs of goat labor is extra discharge. In our experience some of our goats had discharge before kidding and some did not.
However, if your goat has discharge before kidding, you can be sure they will be kidding soon. Just how soon, you can’t be for sure as some goats will have this discharge a week or so before they actually kid. But it is definitely a goat kidding sign you can watch for to know your does is getting closer to giving birth.
3) Full Udder or Bagging up.
Bagging up is one of the easiest signs on the goat labor timeline to spot. You will notice that your doe will start to get milk in her udder as her pregnancy goes on.
However, once she is completely full — her udder will look almost shiny and her teats will actually be full. Once her udder is fully bagged up, she will be kidding very, very soon.
4) Sunken Sides or Babies Dropping
Goats, like humans, will get a big pregnant belly. Some goats will look more pregnant than others. Their bellies will grow straight out to the sides.
One of the signs of goat labor is their sunken sides. As the babies get ready to be born they will drop (also like humans) and get lined up for birthing time.
When this happens, your does sides will suddenly look sunken in. This is a sign that kidding time will be coming soon.
5) Change in Behavior
Another of the goat kidding signs that you can look for is that a does behavior may change as kidding time comes close. She may start to separate herself from the herd.
Last year, the day before Chloe gave birth, she stayed in the stall all day by herself instead of going out to graze. Does who are really friendly may get a bit wild and does who are a bit wild may get much more friendly.
Your girls may become much more vocal. You may also see your girls show more interest in other newly born babies. They may also start to paw at the ground and become restless. These are definite signs of goat labor and you should expect kids soon.
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These are the goat kidding signs we look for. Are there any goat kidding signs you always look for?