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First Freshener FF Pre kidding udder development...due feb 19, Updated photos, now at 14 days to go.... at 23 days to go...countdown

50 more days to go. Yolanda is getting heavier and just starting to develop an udder. So exciting, this will be our first kidding. Black one is Yolanda, gold one is the buck. she isn't very big so i am guessing a single

Can't really see the udder starting to develop, but it is. looks like the teats may be a little to the outside as well.

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Im so sorry to read that you lost her twins. Was there any reason you know of for this to happen?

James Tinker said:

Unfortunately, Yolanda delivered several days early and lost twins. They were about 1 lb 8 oz each. I did decide to milk her and am doing it 3 times a day to try to get her started on a good lactation. I am keeping records of that and will post those in another thread every couple of weeks or so. So far she is increasing at each milking. I will put the new thread up next week after i have had several days to milk. Now i am looking for another doe/doeling to add this year.

Please accept my very sincere condolences for the loss of your babies.  It is good to hear that you have milk.

thanks for the condolances. i couldn't see any evident signs why she was early. there was a cold front move through, but she wasn't close to time so it didn't worry me much. don't know what else to say. i am currently looking for a bottle baby to help use some of the milk. it's sad, but i feel that she is milking well considering the circumstances. i will be posting information on her milking in a seperate post, i believe i put it in goat 101. 

there's always next time.

This seems to be happening a lot this spring - or maybe I am just more aware of it.  I have a doe due any day now and I'm concerned since I don't know the actual due date.  Her udder is huge and tight.  She had some discharge yesterday and seemed more vocal than usual to me, but no contractions.  I just read the other post on this group and put in a call to my vet.  She is a ff too, so no history to go by...

Yes, i have noticed a lot of early kiddings online also, and a few in my state.

Update on my doe - I took her in for ultrasound and X-ray yesterday and no sign of babies, but her uterus was still enlarged, so we think either it was a false pregnancy carried to term or she kidded without us knowing and something got the babies before we could see them.  There is absolutely zero evidence of a birth in the pen, so I'm guessing it was a false pregnancy and all she had to clean up was fluids.  At any rate, we get to see her gorgeous udder, don't have to deal with dead kids (which is what I was afraid of) and we will be milking her!

I'd also vote for false pregnancy. Congrats on her getting far enough along to be making milk! I hope you'll make a new post in the forum and let us know how that goes. It doesn't happen very often, so I'm looking forward to hearing about your experience.

Kare said:

Update on my doe - I took her in for ultrasound and X-ray yesterday and no sign of babies, but her uterus was still enlarged, so we think either it was a false pregnancy carried to term or she kidded without us knowing and something got the babies before we could see them.  There is absolutely zero evidence of a birth in the pen, so I'm guessing it was a false pregnancy and all she had to clean up was fluids.  At any rate, we get to see her gorgeous udder, don't have to deal with dead kids (which is what I was afraid of) and we will be milking her!


yes please do keep us updated on the milk production.


Kare said:

Update on my doe - I took her in for ultrasound and X-ray yesterday and no sign of babies, but her uterus was still enlarged, so we think either it was a false pregnancy carried to term or she kidded without us knowing and something got the babies before we could see them.  There is absolutely zero evidence of a birth in the pen, so I'm guessing it was a false pregnancy and all she had to clean up was fluids.  At any rate, we get to see her gorgeous udder, don't have to deal with dead kids (which is what I was afraid of) and we will be milking her!

Is it true that ffers don't produce as much milk as the next following years.

i also was wondering i have a ff mini-nubian and she has one right side utter that is huge gives me about 1 1/2 c then other side the left looks collapsed but still  gives me about 3/4 -1 c . will tht change or is that a bad utter?

along with my nigi's and my mini-nubi beast whole raw milk available have changed peoples mind on whether they like it or not.

I don't know from personal experience but from what i have read they do increase in production each freshening until around the 4th time. I have a thread, i think it is in the dairy section, that has my milk records. In the beginning i was getting about 20 oz for a while and now i am getting 16 oz/day at about 6 weeks. It is a little disappointing as it is hardly worth going out to milk one goat for a cup, but I am also wanting to keep her milking, training for the next freshening. I have also been researching on freshening twice a year and am considering doing thatt just for this year for fall kids.

as for your mini nubian udder, my first thought would be a kid only nursing from one side and keeping it milked out, is she nursing? Maybe someone else with more experience will chime in.

I agree with everything James said. Does increase in production for several years before they peak, and if your doe has a lopsided udder, it's probably from kids favoring one side.

Dion Walters said:

Is it true that ffers don't produce as much milk as the next following years.

i also was wondering i have a ff mini-nubian and she has one right side utter that is huge gives me about 1 1/2 c then other side the left looks collapsed but still  gives me about 3/4 -1 c . will tht change or is that a bad utter?

along with my nigi's and my mini-nubi beast whole raw milk available have changed peoples mind on whether they like it or not.

Thank you for posting all the pictures!  As Deborah said, newbies like myself learn a lot from the posts of others.  I read through the post and was saddened to learn of you loss.   

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