Kidding & More
THIS PAGE WILL OFFER YOU :
1. TWO DIFFERENT GESTATION CHARTS.
2. THE POOCH TEST TO DETERMINE IF THE BREEDING WAS A SUCCESS.
3.YOU CAN LEARN THE SIGNS OF IMPENDING LABOR.
4.YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENT STAGES OF LABOR.
5. DRAWINGS OF A NORMAL PRESENTATION, A BREECH, AND BACKWARD TURNED HEAD
7. WE ALSO HAVE PICTURES OF A GOAT WITH A VAGINAL PROLASPE.
8.DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE POPULAR DOE’S CODE OF HONOR!!!!
9. AN 8 PART SERIES: The Essentials of caring for pregant and nursing goats by Cheryl K. Smith
HOPE YOUR ENOY THIS PAGE!!
Here are Two great easy to use Charts . . Really cute.
This is another gestatin chart! Easy to use and fast. Make a copy to keep with you!
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED IF THE BREEDING WAS SUCESSFUL?
Okay, here it is again, after a few years of not talking about the pooch
We have found a way through the years to be close to
100% accurate to tell if a doe is bred.. This test even baffled the vets from University of
Florida when they came to our farm to train local vets on ultrasound. As the
does were put into a milk stand, Rodney announced whether they were bred or
not by looking under their tails. Then the ultrasound either confirmed or
denied his findings. After around the 15th or 16th doe (animals not
from our farm), the vets started looking as well, and Rodney taught them his
technique. They were greatly appreciative of his wonderful observations and
soon all were doing the pooch test before the ultrasound!
He was 100% accurate, even at 3 weeks bred, btw.
When a doe is open, her anus us tucked very nicely way up under the top of
her tail. Her vulva is very small and smooth. When she first gets bred,
her vulva is usually a bit swollen and red, but that disappears after a
If she took, her vulva doesn’t go back to that small smooth little triangle
of flesh, but is longer, more like a tear drop in shape. The farther along
she gets the longer and eventually more wrinkled looking her vulva gets.
Her anus starts “drooping” below her tail head and becomes more and more
When she is ready to kid and is laying down, the vulva is really BIG and
So if you look at your open does compared to the ones bred, you will soon
see what I’m talking about. Even as early as 21 days past breeding the
vulva changes it’s size and structure.
That’s the Rodney Smith, totally self made, pooch test that has withstood
many years of testing and verifying its accuracy!
The following pictures were from Amanda Neal.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SIGNS OF LABOR?
Things to look for include:
1. Relaxation of the pelvic ligaments at the base of the tail.
2. Separation from the herd.
3. Increased restlessness ( paws, keeps getting up and down)
5. Lies down next to the wall,fence, or feed trough. Any vertical surface.
6. Strutted bag.
STAGES OF LABOR
This is Pearl. She belongs to Rose Land Farm.
The following pictures will show her going through the various stages of labor.
The end result is a beautiful blue eyed doeling.
THESE DRAWINGS ARE AWESOME. A MUST SEE! CLICK THE ABOVE LINK TO
SEE A NORMAL PRESENTATION
A BREECH PRESENTATION
A PRESENTATION IN WHICH THE HEAD IS BACKWARDS
Now that you have had babies can you tell if the doe is finished?
Birthing is a rewarding experience but sometimes it can also be frightening too. The doe will often take breaks between kids making it difficult to know if she is finished. Bouncing is a way to tell if your doe is finished.
Some people actually use the bouncing technique as a way to tell if the doe is breed.
Bouncing is simple but will take some practice. You can practice on your open does to see what they feel like. This will give you something to compare to when the actual kidding occurs.
- First stand behind the doe and face her head.
- Give her a hug by wrapping your arms around her belly just in front of her udders.
- Slightly push upward in to her belly.
- Feel for the contents of the uterus. If she is finished giving birth, her stomach will feel soft when you “bounce” her a few times.
- If there is another kid inside you should feel a hard/boney lump moving around. You will feel a bump!
THIS IS WHAT A VAGINAL PROLASPE LOOKS LIKE
The following links are part of an 8 part series entitiled: The Essentials of caring for pregant and nursing goats by Cheryl K. Smith
The doe’s secret code of honor is as old as goats themselves and is the species best kept secret. No doe shall ever kid before its time. (Its time being determined by the following factors):
1- No kid shall be born until total chaos has been reached by all involved. Your owner’s house must be a wreck, their family hungry and desperate for clean clothes, and their social life nonexistent.
2- “Midwives” must reach the babbling fool status before you kid out. Bloodshot eyes, tangled hair and the inability to form a sentence mean the time is getting close.
3- For every bell, beeper, camera or whistle they attach to you, kidding must be delayed by at least one day for each item. If they use an audio monitor, one good yell per hour will keep things interesting.
4- If you hear the words, “She’s nowhere near ready. She’ll be fine while we’re away for the weekend,” Wait until they load the car, then begin pushing!
5- Owner stress must be at an all time high! If you are in the care of someone else, ten to fifteen phone calls a day is a sign you’re getting close.
6- When you hear the words “I can’t take it anymore!” wait at least three more days.
7 -You must keep this waiting game interesting. False alarms are mandatory! Little teasers such as looking at your stomach, pushing your food around in the bucket and then walking away from it, and nesting, are always good for a rise. Be creative and find new things to do to keep the adrenaline pumping in those who wait.
8- The honor of all goats is now in your hands. Use this time to avenge all of your barn mates. Think about your friend who had to wear that silly costume in front of those people. Hang onto that baby for another day. OH, they made him do tricks too! Three more days seems fair. Late feedings, the dreaded diet, bad haircuts, those awful wormings can also be avenged at this time.
9- If you have fulfilled all of the above and are still not sure when to have the kids, listen to the weather forecast on the radio that has been so generously provided by those who wait. Severe storm warning is what you’re waiting for. In the heart of the storm jump into action! The power could go out and you could have the last laugh. You have a good chance of those who wait missing the whole thing while searching for a flashlight that works!
10- Make the most of your interrupted nights. Beg for food each time someone comes into the barn to check you. Your barn mates will love you as the extra goodies fall their way too.
Remember, this code of honor was designed to remind man of how truly special goats are. Do your best to reward those who wait with a beautiful doeling to carry on the Doe Code of Honor for the next generation of those who wait.
You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed you and your family and to nourish your servant girls.