Kidding & More
THIS PAGE WILL OFFER YOU :
1. THE POOCH TEST TO DETERMINE IF THE BREEDING WAS A SUCCESS.
2. YOU CAN LEARN THE SIGNS OF IMPENDING LABOR
3. DRAWINGS OF A NORMAL PRESENTATION, A BREECH, AND BACKWARD TURNED HEAD
5. AN 8 PART SERIES: The Essentials of caring for pregant and nursing goats by Cheryl K. Smith .
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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.
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
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!
The Essentials of Caring For Pregnant and Nursing Goats By Cheryl K. Smith (an 8 part series)
You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed you and your family and to nourish your servant girls.