Sunday, February 24, 2013

When will my goat deliver?

What to Expect on Goat Delivery Day?
The most often asked question about raising goats is, "When will the baby goats be delivered?" It is normal to be anxious and to worry a bit since you have been anticipating this event for about 150 days. For most goats, it is fairly easy to  read the signs of delivery. Normally, delivery will take place within the next 24-48 hours:
1. When the tail ligaments become loose. Feel for loose/soft ligaments. Goats have 2 cord-like ligaments that run back to the tail, usually these are firm and are about the size of a pencil. To give you an idea of how this is suppose to feel by touch, run your thumb and finger along the back of the goat's tail well before delivery time so you know what the normal ligament feels like and you will have something to compare to later around delivery time.
2. When she paws at the ground and continuously gets up and down. Goats often become restless and even pace.
3. When there is white vaginal discharge, loss of the mucus plug and followed by a streaming of clear, runny mucus.
4. When the vulva becomes flabby & puffy
5. When the clear liquid from teats tuns to milk you are usually only 24 hours from delivery. During the last week of pregnancy, I check (milk or strip) my doe twice each day to see the color of the milk. 
6. When she elevates her front end by standing on something with her front feet only. Often will push the side of the fence or barn wall with her head. Acts uncomfortable and pushes and rolls as the babies get into birthing position.

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