|Barrel sized waistline on Brownie|
How to Tell if My Goat is PregnantOh 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?
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.