Goat kidding season is due to start any time now! With a mix of excitement and worry, Sassy is the one to watch since she should kid first. This picture (sorry it’s not the greatest but she didn’t feel much like posing!) was taken Sunday night. It really doesn’t do justice to how miserably huge she has become.
I thought she would surely kid on Monday night or Tuesday morning, since she had already had a drop of milky discharge on Sunday, and once before, then on Monday night she streamed for just a short time. Not long enough to dirty her tail, and not long enough for me to get a camera out there. Since Saturday I’ve been checking her at least every 2-1/2 hours, and usually much more often. Goat kidding season is a time of very little sleep (for the humans!).
Her ligaments are loose, but not quite “gone”, her udder is filled out well (and she’s a first freshener), but the skin is not yet stretched. So I don’t have any signs that tell me for SURE that her labor is imminent, but it’s about that time, and she looks so ready to me.
She’s very young, and normally I would not have allowed a pregnancy so soon. It was one of those “accidental” breedings, but after some consideration I decided that because she was an exceptionally large and healthy kid, if she did turn out to be pregnant, I thought she’d be fine. She’s almost as large as her mother (who also kidded very easily as a yearling) and much larger than Melody (who is an undersized 2-year-old).
As far as behavior, she has shown no signs of going off on her own. In fact, she follows her mother (Amelia) quite a bit, I see her and Melody eating the same patch of clover throughout the day, and anytime I go in the pasture she sticks to me like glue. Maybe she actually wants the reassurance. She’s feeling itchy, so she loves scratches right now, until I try to look under her tail (which she started letting me do a couple of days ago finally), but if I touch her udder she kicks and jumps and bounces away. She’ll have to get over that before we get on the milking stand! And I saw her lay on the ground and enjoy a good roll each of the past two days (the weather is beautiful and the grass is coming in nicely), but the rest of the time she just eats.
At least her appetite is good, and no fever. So far nothing to worry about. I saw the kid moving around inside her a couple of days ago. So while I am losing sleep, worrying that she will kid when I am not there and have a problem, she just keeps getting bigger. It’s a waiting game, and that’s all there is to be said about it right now.
Goat kidding season — fraught with excitement, and worry. Not for the faint of heart!