When I first bought Lily, her abdomen was flat with teeny little bumps for nipples. Now she is is beginning to show a little bit of udder, or "bag." This is sometimes called "bagging up" or "making her udder," meaning it is beginning to fill with milk in preparation for kidding.
|Hey Ziggy, are you sure somebodies in there?|
... who made monthly visits to Gruffy (our Pygmy buck), Lily was with Elvis (our Kiko buck) only once. That means I can calculate a due date of May 9th for Lily, if she is indeed pregnant.
Why would I say "if"? Because in keeping with my "one-can-never-know-for-certain-if-a-doe-is-pregnant-without-a-blood-test-or-ultrasound," I should mention that there is such a thing as "precocious udder." This is when an young, unbred doe begins to make milk. I've never seen it but have read about it. Usually it is a sign of strong milking genes, and usually resolves itself if left alone.
According to my calendar, Ziggy's next (and last) due date would be June 3rd, unless I forgot to write something down. It doesn't look like she can go another month, does it? That would be the one due date that could make Elvis the daddy.
With Ziggy taking her sweet time, Lily's impending due date sets up a bit of a problem for me.
|I have 2 goat stalls, The gated one on the left is the one I use as for kidding.|
This is the one Surprise "owns." She's still mad about being turned out!
We started with one large box type stall to shelter the girls. Our first year of kidding, Dan divided it in half to create a kidding stall. I've also used it to separate the kids from their moms at night, so I can get the morning's milking. I can't do that so far this year.
|Ziggy & Lily, enjoying their own stalls.|
This set-up works well enough, but means I can have only one goat due at a time! The question is, what do I do with four goats when two are pending kidding at any time?
One thing this points to is a need for a better set-up. I showed you Dan's first idea for a "barn" in this post "The Princess Is Peeved". He's come up with a better idea since then, which I haven't managed to write about yet. For the time being, the best plan seems to do a goat shed shuffle. I'll put the boys permanently into the new shelter, put Surprise and Alphie into the original buck barn, and give Ziggy and Lily a stall each in the girls' shed. Surprise will not be happy about that arrangement, but at least I have a dry bed for everyone.
Lily's Little Bag © May 2013 by