When should i move my doe into the kidding pen ?

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by MiddleRiver, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. MiddleRiver

    MiddleRiver New Member

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    Ok, so my FF Carmen is due 1/31, her udder has started filling and she is quite large. We are putting up a small pen for kidding in the garage tonight - when should i move her into it ? Thanks !
     
  2. Chaty

    Chaty New Member

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    Me personally with my luck I would start putting her in it tonite...that way no surprises in the morning...so do go early...
     

  3. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    If you know exactly date bred then I usually wait until last week then they are up at night and usually that whole last week if they have an outside pen too.
     
  4. MiddleRiver

    MiddleRiver New Member

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    Thats what the hubby said too - i just wanted to make sure it wasn't too early, i actually think she will be happy with a break away from the other ladies anyways :+) And is it cold here - today it is -29 with the windchill - but tomorrow thru Monday at least it is supposed to be +26-34 during the day - i can't wait.
     
  5. DostThouHaveMilk

    DostThouHaveMilk New Member

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    Make sure she still gets plenty of exercise. It is needed for an easy delivery.
     
  6. MiddleRiver

    MiddleRiver New Member

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    Will short daily walks be ok for that ? How much time/walking is needed ?
     
  7. DostThouHaveMilk

    DostThouHaveMilk New Member

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    Anything is better than nothing. If you have inclines/hills that would be even better. We like to have our up close cows coming into the barn for feed because they have climb a steep incline to get there. Helps move the calf/kids into position.
    I'll pen upclose does up overnight and when I am not at the barn but usually I let them out when I am down there so they can move around and get plenty of exercise. They also have to walk up a short, steep incline to get to hay outside.
    Short walks are fine, just so long as she gets to move about on a regular basis.