Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

I took this picture for a blog reader who had a pregnant goat and wanted to know what to look for near kidding. I told her the babies would drop, and the goat's upper belly would look hollow -- but a picture is worth 1,000 words!

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Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on February 19, 2016 at 11:27pm

It can vary a lot. Usually they drop within the 24 hours before they kid, but I just had a doe who dropped a week earlier! It also depends on how many kids they have. The more kids they have in there, the less room there is for them to drop. So, you're more likely to see this with 1-3 kids. 

I really rely on a combination of indicators -- the belly, the udder, the tail ligaments, etc.

Comment by Kathleen Cadden on February 19, 2016 at 2:08pm
The picture is very helpful! When you see this drop, how much time before labor? Hours? Days?
Comment by Kelsie Aman on January 25, 2013 at 7:15am

Thnx for the visual...this helps alot

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