Post by Rose's Goats on Jan 25, 2008 8:35:54 GMT -5
Hello. Do goats have false labor? My Nubian who is very pregnant started to have a clear discharge from her vagina a few days ago and started to look really uncomfortable. I put her in a stall in the garage and watched her closely. She dug a nest and laid down in it. She groaned and moaned and yawned. She rolled on her side and contorted her back. She breathed really rapidly. This went on all day. I watched all night and nothing happened. She acted the same but nothing progressed from her back end. She quit groaning and moaning the next morning and since then has been fine and acting normal. No more clear discharge. No more nest building.
Was that false labor? Or was she trying to move the babies around?
Post by wisdomseeker07 on Jan 25, 2008 19:53:53 GMT -5
Braxton Hicks.Prepping time,babies dropping and getting into position,about 2 weeks or less to go,would be my guess.Check ligaments every evening.When ligaments are gone you will have babies in 12 hours or less usually.
Post by Rose's Goats on Jan 30, 2008 13:08:46 GMT -5
She got me again on Monday! I had finally moved her from the garage back to the barn over the weekend. On Monday she was not eating and grunting and groaning so I put her back in the garage. I even took the day off work to stay home and watch her. My husband and I watched and waited and both thought that any minute she would pop. Well, she didn't do anything. At about 5pm she started to eat again and was walking around like nothing happened. I tossed back in the barn yesterday. She hasn't done anything since then. I am checking the ligaments religiously, so hopefully she'll let me know when it's really time.
I am the same way. We are still waiting also. I keep her in the shop because it is so cold and guilt gets to me if the baby would be born in the middle of the night outside. I check Ivory's also everyday and I think they are gone I can put my finger and thumb around her tail head. Last night she was breathing heavy and I thought she was having mild contractions but nothing. That theory that they have a far away look in their eyes is not true she always look like that.
We usually have a thick creamy discharge that will continue dropping too the ground. Delivery is just a couple of hours away. Jack Mauldin has a website with awesome pictures so you know what and when it will happen. I used to only go by what they said but have learned to trust goatwisdom immensley. We have 2 boer ladies that grunt and groan together but still no babies. So we wait and wait and wait.
Post by Rose's Goats on Feb 1, 2008 8:20:10 GMT -5
I put her back in the garage last night. She had more clear goo coming from her butt and she was laying down a lot. I didn't get too obsessed because other than that she was fine. Nothing this morning except one stinky garage. I am having a party on Sunday and I hope I can get the goat smell out of the house by then. I think her udder might be bigger today. I know what my other goats look like when they are ready to birth, but this goat is new and has had some problems in the past so I am extra watchful. The lady I got her from said she didn't know the goat was going to give birth on the day she did. The lady said the goat was grunting and groaning for weeks before doing it. She said the baby got stuck and the mom wouldn't push any more. The baby died a few days later. The goat also had a broken leg that was in a cast at the time of giving birth. The lady thinks the baby died from the bute given to sedate the mom enough to set the leg. The leg is fine now. I can't tell which one it was. The goat also has a broken udder and is maybe 9 years-old. She's a real winner! But she is a very friendly goat who has adapted smoothly to being with me. This will be her last pregnancy if I have anything to do with it.
I have a goat just like this. I had gone to the bathroom at the auction we got her at. My husband thought I wanted her and she was cheap. NOT!! We have spent so much trying to get her healthy. We call her Grandma. She had a set of twins and one survived. She will live out her life here and hopefully with no more kids. Our thing is our buck jumps fences.
Post by Rose's Goats on Feb 4, 2008 14:58:59 GMT -5
My buck jumped every fence I had this year. I couldn't make a fence good enough to keep him in. I finally tied his legs together. I used about two feet of nylon rope (he chewed through the binder twine I tried first) and tied his back leg to his opposite front leg. That way he could walk and lay down fine, but he couldn't jump. I alternated legs each week so he wouldn't get any sores. It worked great!
Post by wisdomseeker07 on Feb 4, 2008 22:08:44 GMT -5
I'm waiting right along with you. I have 2 nannies that I'm not sure of the due date,but things are bulging and mucous has shown. One has little milk the other has 2 gallon jugs worth beating her legs.The babies are going to have to army boot camp to learn how to get down low enough to eat!Thanks for the jumper trick,I'll try that. I have 3 new nannies. One jumps the 5 foot fence with ease,and the other 2 through there front legs over and crawl up and over. I have then in a kennel for now and I hate it more than them!
Congratulations! She sounds super cute. Sounds like it was birth day for lots of people yesterday with the big storms rolling around. If you are wondering if there are more in there next time, sometimes you can give them a big hug around their middle and pull up gently on her belly. If it is squishy, she is probably done. If you feel arms and legs, wait around for another one. This is not a perfect science, but it is worth a shot if you are just sitting around waiting anyway
Post by wisdomseeker07 on Feb 8, 2008 18:19:28 GMT -5
Glad your wait is over and all is well! Afterbirth comes after a single,when there are multiples the afterbirth usually does not come until after all are born.I have heard of babies being born days later,but have not experienced it. Her still looking pregnant may be additional birthing fluid that she will pass in a couple days- 2 weeks of delivery. She may stay big, then one day you will go out and say what the heck happened to your big belly!
I still have one doe expecting. I hope it is this weekend. She is miserable. She is walking like her hips hurt and is grinding her teeth. She gets up lays down and repeats this. So I'm watching her very closely. If anyone has tips please let me know. Can I give her aspirin for pain?
OK I fill very stupid and humbled. I kept looking and now think it was pregnancy toxemia. She delivered last night one live buckling and one dead doeling. I brought the baby in the house becuse other then grunt she did nothing. My husband said just after I left she just layed down and died. I did not realize this was the same mom that had this on her last pregnancy. Anyway welcome Chance into the world. He is weak but standing and eating. We actually got alot of colostrum and have used this. We are switching from this to the milk replacer receipe that Cheryl gave us.