Visual test to see if a goat is pregnant
Abigail pregnant?" Mom asked during my pre-birthday bash. I had to
admit that I didn't really know. Some goats begin to show a bit on their
right side (opposite the rumen) by the beginning of their fourth month
of pregnancy, but others pop out kids without putting on any apparent
weight at all. Still other goats have bellies so tremendous you'd think
they were pregnant with quintuplets...but they never give birth because
all that mass is just digesting hay.
"You could also try the pooch test," reader Sheree Clopton suggested. And thus began my obsession with peering up under Abigail's tail.
way to be sure that milk is in our near future would be to go ahead and
breed Artemesia, who is six months old and thus mature enough to get
pregnant by some folks' standards. However, I've read lots of horror
stories about breeding dwarf doelings on the young side, so Mark and I
decided that it's probably safer to let Artemesia keep growing for a
while, breeding her in the spring if she comes into heat then (which
some Nigerian dwarfs do), or just waiting until next fall if necessary.
Either way, I'll be sure to take some closeups before the breeding next
time...just in case.
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