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Cindi    Posted 02-26-2003 at 21:30:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
right now. I have a goat that's due to kid at any minute and every day, five or six times a day I'm out there lifting up that tail, looking for any sign. I didn't think it was possible for her to get any bigger than she was yesterday but today she looks like a 32 gallon drum set up an 1 X 2's.

I have noticed something that I think is encouraging though. Right at the base of her tail, at the extreme end of her back, on each side are two very deep grooves, deep enough that you can insert a finger to the first knuckle or maybe a little deeper. I have heard somewhere that that is a sign that birth is imminent. Is this true? Has anyone else heard this?

Jim in Michigan    Posted 02-27-2003 at 13:13:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cindi,,take your thumb and first finger and make a V put the V over the tail going up towards the front of the goat,,then you should feel some tendons when the get floppy and you cant feel them its getting close to time,,,Jim

Cindi    Posted 02-27-2003 at 13:32:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm going out to feed here shortly. I'll try that.

Tom A    Posted 02-27-2003 at 04:30:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember those 'grooves' but can't say I remember that they were an indication for us. I look for all the signs--lubricating mucous, bagging up, and "nervousness." This usally tells me it's coming in just a few hours. One other thing to look at is the last 6" or 8" of her back, just in front of the tail. In all my "normal" goats, this dips down slightly toward the tail...until just before she kids. A few hours before she kids, that dip levels out (or straightens so it is more of a straight line along her entire back).

Not sure that's written clear enough, but it is the best description I can do. I look for all those signs, they usually show up one-by-one over a couple of days. Once most of 'em show, the kids are gonna come pretty quick.

Tom A

Cindi    Posted 02-27-2003 at 04:57:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, very clear.

Fawteen    Posted 02-27-2003 at 04:11:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I watch my sheep to see if their bag is dropping, and also for lubricating fluids on their hind quarters. They'll usually start exuding lubricants about 12-24 hours before birthing.

I was watching Teeny pretty close cuz I knew her due date, and the little turd STILL surprised me. Love them Shetlands! Most of the time, I know it's lambing time when I go down to do chores in the morning and there's a coupla lambs looking at me...

Cindi    Posted 02-27-2003 at 05:01:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
The last and most important sign is isolation. Most all of the goats go back near the palmettos at birthing time. There's an old dog house back there and I know if I see a nanny standing near it that I've probably got a new baby or two. Baby fits no molds though, she's probably waiting for me to make up a guest bed in the house.

Donna from Mo    Posted 02-27-2003 at 02:21:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In dairy cows, those sunken places you talk about are a sure sign that the cow will give birth within 24 hours. It doesn't show much in beef cattle because they are so fleshy. I wouldn't be surprised if goats show the same sign. Don't worry about the poor thing's size, all the goats I ever had looked ready to explode by the time they dropped their kids. But then, so did I!

Cindi    Posted 02-27-2003 at 05:02:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just looked out the window, she's standing in the back yard not moving. Got my fingers crossed. Maybe today.

mojo    Posted 02-26-2003 at 21:42:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
did you wash your hands before getting on the keyboard? ;-)
cattle show by the bag, if the bag drops it's close. could be you are 'worrying' her more than she is worrying you. nature is indeed a miracle and sometimes we're not supposed to be a part of it. let her alone. if she was a 'heifer' you might keep a closer eye, but if it don't need fixin' leave her alone.

Cindi    Posted 02-26-2003 at 21:47:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lol! No, the spot I'm referring to is on top at the extreme end of her back. Very nice and furry not at all....well you get the picture. I usually am not this way with my goats, but this is 'baby', and she's almost like family and that makes it altogether different. Holy crud it's one o'clock, I gotta go to bed.

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