Pregnant goat care is very important to help ensure your does, and their kids are off to a great start. Having a plan in place will help to reduce your stress and make sure everything goes smoothly below we’ll break down our pregnant goat care plan.
Pregnant Goat Care
Pregnant goat care really begins before you even breed your goats. It’s very important that your goats are healthy going into breeding season. Your goat should be at a healthy weight for their breed, and in good health. It’s harder for an over weight doe to get pregnant and may be more uncomfortable for her. While an underweight goat will have a much harder time keeping on weight and nearly impossible to put on extra weight when pregnant or in milk.
Goat Pregnancy Calculator
Before you dive into the world of pregnant goat care, use the calculator to figure out when your goats are due. Based on a 150-Day gestation period you can calculate when your goats are due using this chart below. This will help you answer how long are goats pregnant in your own herd and make sure you are prepared when the kids arrive.
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Pregnant Goat Care: Pre Breeding
Your pre breeding pregnant goat care plan should look something like this: ensure that your goats are the proper weight for their breed, this is the time to get them as healthy as possible. Make sure you worm them, and consider getting them up to date on vaccinations if you choose to do so with your herd.
Personally I like to add apple cider vinegar to my goats water weekly as part of my pre pregnant goat care plan as well.
Now is also a good time to make sure you are handling your goats regularly, train them to walk on a lead, jump up on a milk stand for hoof trimmings, clippings and anything else you may need to do. Get them used to being handled. This will make them much easier to deal with when the have kidded.
Pregnant Goat Care
Your goal for the first 3 weeks after breeding your pregnant goat care plan should be to minimize stress. It is important not to stress your doe or does in the 2-3 weeks after breeding as this is the time when the embryos are implanting and pregnancy is beginning. Do your best to limit stressful changes to your doe’s routines and avoid any travel with her during this time.
Once your doe is bred it is very important that she have high quality hay or alfalfa as well as free-choice minerals. As part of my pregnant goat care routine I also like to give them apple cider vinegar in their water regularly also. If you want to confirm your doe’s pregnancy you can do this at 30 days with a blood test (sample sent to a lab) or with an ultrasound at 40 days post-breeding.
Pregnant Goat Care: 2 Months Before Kidding
For the 2 month mark your pregnant goat care plan should look something like this: If the doe is still in milk when she is bred, it’s fine to continue milking her for two or three more months, but she should be dried up for the last two months of her pregnancy so that all that energy can go to the pregnancy.
Some breeders like to dry treat does with an intra-mammary infusion to prevent mastitis upon kidding. If you do this remember to consider the milk and meat withdrawal times for this medication.
Another key aspect of pregnant goat care is ensuring your goats maintain their weight. It’s really important to keep an eye on your goats weight, this is also a good time to adjust her food intake depending on how her weight looks at this stage of pregnancy. If a little underweight, you may start adding a bit more to her diet. If she’s looking extremely large, don’t cut her diet back too far, but don’t over feed her either as this will add to her discomfort and can make for large babies that may be harder to deliver.
Pregnant Goat Care: 1 Month Before Kidding
Your pregnant goat care in the final month before kidding will have you focusing on their diet as well as maintaining their general well being. If your doe has not been eating grain up to this point in her pregnancy, this may be a good time to gradually introduce it. Once she is in milk, she will need a lot of extra calories to maintain her milk production, but adding too much grain at one time can lead to bloat or other problems, so use the last month to gradually get her used to a higher volume of richer food.
You can also give your doe a CD&T vaccine at this point. By now she is probably due for her own semi-annual booster, but giving it about a month before kidding will give her kids an added immunity boost until they are old enough to get their own vaccinations. However if you choose not to vaccinate your animals then this isn’t necessary.
Don’t forget to include hoof trimming as part of your pregnant goat care plan. It’s a good idea to trim your does’ hooves about a month before her due date as it will be increasingly difficult for her to jump up onto the stand for trimming the heavier she gets. Growth hormones during pregnancy can make the hooves grow faster, and the added weight she is carrying while pregnant make it all that much more important that she is standing on healthy feet.
Another thing you may want to include in your pregnant goat care plan is to trim the long hairs around her tail and back of legs. This will make cleanup after kidding a little easier.
Pregnant Goat Care: 1 Week Before Kidding
While not strictly pregnant goat care this is the perfect time to get yourself prepared. The better prepared you are the more likely that your doe will have a calm and successful kidding experience.
Clean and prepare a kidding stall so that she is comfortable and the kids are born in a somewhat sanitary environment. It’s a good idea not to use shavings as the bedding for the stalls as the babies can inhale the fine wood chips and the shavings will also stick to the wet newborns. Instead, use clean fresh straw for your bedding.
Make sure that your kidding kit is very well stocked with all the items you might need, including your vet or a trusted goat mentor’s phone number in case of emergency. It’s also a good idea to have some powdered or frozen colostrum on hand just in case there is any problem with the mother’s milk during the first few hours after birth when it is crucial for the newborn to receive this life-sustaining substance which makes this an important part of your pregnant goat care plan.
Pregnant Goat Care: 1 – 2 Days Before Kidding
Once you’re within a day or two of your doe’s expected due date, your pregnant goat care shifts to housing. It’s wise to move your doe to a private stall or kidding area with a goat companion for company. She will feel less stressed and the kidding itself will be less chaotic if the whole herd isn’t in her stall pushing and shoving!
But since goats are herd animals, you don’t want her to be all alone as that may stress her out. Once she’s settled with a friend, it’s time to start watching for behavioral and physical goat labor signs.
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