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Hi group,
I have a goat over due. She was exposed only once, and the day was written down. She is on day 153, and showing no signs of impending labor. She is a ff, pregnancy confirmed by byopryn just a month and a half ago because although I never saw her go back into heat, she didn't look pregnant to me.
I can feel definite kicks. Her udder is full, and she is looking round, but not huge. She is eating, drinking, and using the bathroom fine. She acts fine, but I'm starting to wonder how long before I should be concerned? On some of the FB groups, I've read some goats going REALLY REALLY late.
I'm just a nervous goat mom I guess.

Thanks for any advice!

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Yes. They can go pretty late. Have you seen this video?
http://nigeriandwarfgoats.ning.com/video/is-this-goat-pregnant
Yes, I think I've seen this before. There is really no doubt in my mind at all that she is expecting. I'm also positive of her exposure date. I'm just wondering how long she could go before I should be concerned that there is a problem.
She definitely looks pregnant...
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Her udder looks pretty full. I don't think it will be too much longer. 

Phebe said:

She definitely looks pregnant...
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Unfortunately her udder has looked like this for weeks now.
I'm really hoping you are right though :-D




Julieanne Cook said:

Her udder looks pretty full. I don't think it will be too much longer. 

Phebe said:

She definitely looks pregnant...
As much as I hate people asking about the pooch test a couple months after a goat has been bred, this is definitely a pregnant vulva. About 500 births here and have heard of thousands more, and there isn't a concern about goats being late. I've not even heard of a vet being concerned.
Thank you for easing my concern. My goats don't typically go this long. I was getting worried, but after hearing from you all I feel much better about her going over due :-)
Thank you for sharing your goat wisdom



Deborah Niemann-Boehle said:
As much as I hate people asking about the pooch test a couple months after a goat has been bred, this is definitely a pregnant vulva. About 500 births here and have heard of thousands more, and there isn't a concern about goats being late. I've not even heard of a vet being concerned.
Still no babies yet. Bag is full, ligaments are loose and babies are extremely active. She is more than ten days late now. I'm beginning to wonder if she will ever have them... she is happily eating, drinking, and going about life as usual.

Glad to hear she is still doing fine, but you must be going crazy. I know I would be.  Hopefully all will be well with the kids-come-lately. ;)

My guess is that the date is wrong. This is why vets don't induce goats. You would certainly not be the first person to have bred a goat a second time and forgot to write it down. I once had a goat who was six weeks "late." Very similar story to yours. She was big enough to kid when I thought she was due, and she had an udder. She wound up having four very big babies. Thankfully a couple of them were polled, and I only had one polled buck, so I was able o figure out who daddy was without having to do DNA testing. At the time of conception, he was locked up with some does in the barn, so my assumption is that when she came into heat again, I was busy, so I just stuck her in there with him rather than going across the pasture to the buck pen to get a different buck. But since he was locked up in a stall in the barn, an accidental breeding would have been impossible.

THEY ARE HERE!!!! The wait is finally over. Triplet girls (does) babies are doing well, and nursing. Mom is a ff and not sure about what these babies are doing to her udder. She is kicking a bit when babies nurse. I have mom and babies in a large cage in a climate controlled area.
I did the same thing to her mom when she was a ff and not completely sure what to do. She has plenty of room, hay, and water in there. I'll be checking on them throughout the night since I don't have a camera in that area.
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Congratulations!!! Glad it all went well. Hope she can produce enough for three. It's a good idea to weigh the kids if you have a scale that can do ounces. That way you'll know if someone isn't gaining as much as the others.

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