About two weeks ago, I showed you this photo:
|Ziggy, 2 weeks ago. Her back is flat like a table top.|
Yesterday, I took this photo:
|Ziggy yesterday. No longer flat across the top.|
Can you see the difference in her shape? The kids have dropped, which is an indicator that kidding isn't too far off.
|The kid(s) have dropped and there is now a hollow or dip on |
either side of her lower back. Before it was smooth and round.
Based on when she visited Gruffy, her due date is April 26. That's based on an average 150 day gestation for goats. The gal I bought Ziggy from said that Nigerian Dwarfs are typically anywhere between 145 and 150 days, which means this week!
Other things to keep an eye out for are a mucus discharge, which I noticed two days ago. Resources vary greatly as to how far in advance to labor this occurs, anywhere from 24 hours to 2 weeks. A filling udder is another indicator, though this is not 100%. Many folks can tell by the doe's tail ligaments, which stretch to accommodate birthing. My success rate with this one is 0%; hopefully I'll learn with experience.
Behavioral changes are clues too, though these will vary from doe to doe: seeking to be alone, distracted (concentrating on the first stage of labor), pawing the ground to make a nest, "talking" to her kids, preoccupation with her own belly. I won't claim to be particularly expert in this department, but I'm trying to pay close attention to my does and learn their personal signs.
Of course, since I never had a blood test done nor an ultrasound, this may all be a false alarm! Certainly doesn't seem like it, so I'm keeping an eye on Ziggy, praying for healthy kids and an easy deliver, and generally trying to take it all in stride.