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newly deflated udder in pregnant doe??

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Old 01-22-2017, 03:17 AM   #1
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Default newly deflated udder in pregnant doe??

First of all, forgive my ignorance....I'm new to owning goats. We got 2 does about 2 months ago...both were presumably pregnant at the time, but we have no idea when to expect delivery as they were in with bucks all the time as part of a herd. One has always appeared further along. She's an Alpine, and had large udders when we got her. She was routinely milked by no means, but you could express milk if you tried. We haven't milked her at all since getting her, but her udders stayed about the same in appearance.

However, today I noticed that now the left udder appears deflated. The right looks like it always it has milk in it. She has not kidded yet. She is acting normal, eating normal, etc. Any thoughts on why one might now look deflated? (and nobody has milked her!)

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Old 01-22-2017, 02:16 PM   #2
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Make sure to take her temperature, but it sounds like she finally has resorbed the milk in that half to help feed her babies. My girls can resorb the milk unevenly too, but it usually only takes 3 weeks or so. Also check both halves for heat, and take a few squirts of milk from each half to check for mastitis. Do you have a solid due date for her? My girls usually resorb the milk, then start filling with colostrum soon after. Her body might need the extra calcium if she's in the last month of her pregnancy. Make sure you're feeding a 2 calcium to 1 phosphorus feed program.
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Thanks for sharing the information.
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