The Kidding Doe

two baby goats

The Kidding Doe

Our homestead has almost finished with kidding season and we are waiting on bated breath for our last doe to kid. So, how can we tell when she’s in labor? That is one of our frequently asked questions when someone new to goats is waiting on their doe. So how do you know if you have a kidding doe?

Here are three things to look for that tell you that you have a kidding doe:

  1. The area near and around her tail (her rump) will become soft and squishy. This is one of the earliest signs that you have a kidding doe. Now, something to keep in mind, she can have that happen up to a month before she has her babies. She might at that point literally be a “kidding” doe. I lost track of how many does I stayed up to midnight with who had this sign and at about midnight, the doe yawns, and goes “Well, nice of you to have kept me company. I think I’ll go to bed now.” Her belly will also get very droopy at this point.

    A heavily pregnant goat eating out of a bowl. Her belly is sagging.
    This is the type of sagging belly to look for. Some goats will even start to look starved to death.
  2.  Your doe will also have contractions. Again, she can do this up to a month in advance, so just watch her.
  3. A doe who is in serious labor will lose her mucus plug. That will look like a long string of mucus hanging out of her butt. Now she is extremely close to kidding. You need to get you kidding kit because that girl is about to pop today!

If you don’t have a kit together yet, here is a list of what some homesteaders keep in their kit. You can read that here.

Hopefully these tips will help you know what to look for in a kidding doe on the farm.

Until next time,

Homestead in health ya’ll!

Emily

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