Friday, December 30, 2011

Testing Your Goat For Pregnancy

How to Tell if My Goat is Pregnant
Barrel sized waistline on Brownie
Oh gosh, it would be so nice if you could just have your doe pee on a stick, wait a few moments and you would know if she was with kid. It's never that easy is it? First of all, there is not a goat-pregnancy-test-strip, and even if there were, I don't know even one single goat who will pee on command.

Then how can I tell? 
1. Draw a blood sample and send it to a lab for verification (about $20).
2. Take your goat to your vet, your vet will use a Ultra Sound machine (about $110).
3. Buy your own Ultra Sound machine (about $4,500).

Well how did they know in the old days, before the fancy testing?
Enlarged Udder
In the good old days and even today on thousands of goat herds around the world visual signs let you know if your goat is pregnant. Some of the signs take a little practice and experience but the others are very obvious.
A. If your doe does not go back into heat after being bred, that is a good sign that she is pregnant!
Ligaments on either side of the tail.
B. Your doe's waist line should inflate after 3-4 weeks of becoming pregnant. That is normally the case. I had a sister-in-law who gave birth to my nephew one day, out of the clear blue sky, we never knew she was pregnant; that was because she was a significantly large person to begin with.
C. Watching and touching the Pelvic Ligaments. As the actual delivery date gets closer, these ligaments get loser. Start feeling now so you know what tight ligaments feel like, when they loosen, you'll know.
D. Udder development will begin after 2 or 3 months of being bred. The continuous enlargement of the udder is a good sign.

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  1. a pink vulva being stretched out is the easiest sign I've noticed.

  2. My goat DOES pee on command! I bottle raised her in the house(where she still livesjust like a dog), and when I walk her I just say, "Peggy Sue, do your peeps," and point to the ground and she squats and pees. Even if she doesn't need to go she'll squat and try. :)

  3. Axy....That is truly amazing, something I believe you should try to get video taped. I would love to know the process you used to train her. I would really like to share it with my 50,000 plus readers. Take a pict or 2, tell me what you did to train her and I'll feature you and your goat in 1 of my next blogs.

  4. Sure thing! So long as you start them early Pygmies take training just as well as dogs. I'll try to get some video in the next day or two. We're both heavily pregnant and a little bit incontinent right now. ;)

  5. Very informative post. I got 3 goats around the first week of November 2012 and was told they were bred when I got them. Here it is 3 months later and they are getting bigger but I cannot really tell how far a long. I notice one of the does udder is getting larger and the teats are going outwards somewhat here recently. The other is just so hairy it's hard to tell. The first one mentioned still won't let me rub her at all but the other one will. I guess it's gonna be a wait n see kinda thing here.

  6. I'm with axy. My first year raising goats we kept them in a kennel, like puppies, because it was to cold for them outside. We would feed them and immediately take them outside to do thier business,and sure enough,by the time we were through....we had crate trained goats. Lol.

  7. Is it ok to inoculate them if they might be pregnant?