Jello Tails... how fast? lol

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by Shykid Acres, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Shykid Acres

    Shykid Acres Guest

    I finally found Solana's tail ligaments. Still hard as rock. :D
    I've heard it feels like jello when they are ready. Funny way of putting it but the description helps. How quickly can they usually soften? Over a period of days, hours or ...?

  2. homeacremom

    homeacremom New Member

    or weeks. :lol ;) They can come and go too. :crazy I tell you they like to mess with your mind!

  3. VickiLynne

    VickiLynne Member

    I have this framed and on the wall in my milk room.

    ~ Doe's Secret Code of Honor ~

    The doe's secret code of honor is as old as goats themselves and is
    ultimately the species best kept secret. No doe shall ever kid before
    its time. (Time being determined by the following factors):

    1- No kid shall be born until total chaos has been reached by all
    involved. Your owner's house must be a wreck, their family hungry and
    desperate for clean clothes, and their social life nonexistent.

    2- "Midwives" must reach the babbling fool status before you kid out.
    Bloodshot eyes, tangled hair and the inability to form a sentence mean
    the time is getting close.

    3- For every bell, beeper, camera or whistle they attach to you,
    kidding must be delayed by at least one day for each item. If they use
    an audio monitor, one good yell per hour will keep things interesting.

    4- If you hear the words, "She's nowhere near ready. She'll be fine
    while we're away for the weekend," Wait until they load the car, then
    begin pushing!

    5- Owner stress must be at an all time high! If you are in the care of
    someone else, ten to fifteen phone calls a day is a sign you're
    getting close.

    6- When you hear the words "I can't take it anymore!" wait at least
    three more days.

    7-You must keep this waiting game interesting. False alarms are
    mandatory! Little teasers such as looking at your stomach, pushing
    your food around in the bucket and then walking away from it, and
    nesting, are always good for a rise. Be creative and find new things
    to do to keep the adrenaline pumping in those who wait.

    8- The honor of all goats is now in your hands. Use this time to
    avenge all of your barn mates. Think about your friend who had to wear
    that silly costume in front of those people. Hang onto that baby for
    another day. OH, they made him do tricks too! Three more days seems
    fair. Late feedings, the dreaded diet, bad haircuts, those awful
    wormings can also be avenged at this time.

    9- If you have fulfilled all of the above and are still not sure when
    to have the kids, listen to the weather forecast on the radio that has
    been so generously provided by those who wait. Severe storm warning is
    what you're waiting for. In the heart of the storm jump into action!
    The power could go out and you could have the last laugh. You have a
    good chance of those who wait missing the whole thing while searching
    for a flashlight that works!

    10- Make the most of your interrupted nights. Beg for food each time
    someone comes into the barn to check you. Your barn mates will love
    you as the extra goodies fall their way too.

    Remember, this code of honor was designed to remind man of how truly
    special goats are. Do your best to reward those who wait with a
    beautiful doeling to carry on the Doe Code of Honor for the next
  4. New Member

    Simply, a doe can not kid without the muscles that she moves her tail with, on each side of her spine, are gone. These muscles are called the thurls. When she does loose these muscles (ligiments) with no control over her tail most does carry their tail over their backs, like a wry tail (which is a bad thing if you have a baby born with one). But will she kid tommorrow after she gets her wry tail? No....but she will eventually kid :) Full, tight, shiney udder full of milk, the shine even shines through the hair if you don't your best key. But honestly more than half the new folks on the forum will never see any of their kids born this year. Vicki
  5. Shykid Acres

    Shykid Acres Guest

    Thanks for the info Vicki. But what is a wry tail? Never heard of it. Why is it a bad thing? :???


    The Doe's Secret Code of Honor.... That has got to be the funniest thing I ever read! Thanks for the really good laugh. I loved it! :rofl
  6. New Member

    It's ugly, the doe can not pull her tail down to cover her vulva, which leads to skin cancer and a dry vulva/flystrike and infection. Vicki
  7. Shykid Acres

    Shykid Acres Guest

    Oh my. That sounds horrible. I'm glad she's not like that. Could she become that way though after kidding? :ugh


    By the way....The Doe's Secret Code of Honor MUST be placed as a post for all to read. I think a lot of people would find it so perfectly hillarious! :rofl Just a suggestion.
  8. New Member

    No her ligiments will come back after she kids and she will be fine. Vicki
  9. BlissBerry

    BlissBerry Guest

    It's in Goat Keeping 101 in the Heartwarming stories topic.

  10. Shykid Acres

    Shykid Acres Guest

    Thanks Sara. I'm glad it is posted. :D Thanks to everyone that has answered my question here so far. I appreciate it very much. (And thanks Vicki about the wry tail thing. I'm glad she won't have that problem.)

    -Kim :thankyou2
  11. mill-valley

    mill-valley New Member

    It is difficult at first to feel ligaments. It took me quite a while to pick it up anyway...maybe I'm just slow?? Even now I can tell when they are getting loose, but I can always feel the ligaments. They just stretch out a lot.
  12. Shykid Acres

    Shykid Acres Guest

    Thanks. I finally felt them and they seemed very tight and hard still. So I think she'll give me a little time. Though after reading the Doe's Secret Code of Honor (above) I'm not so sure of anything anymore. :lol