Dear One


Yesterday, I went down to the goat yard, as usual, to get out feed for the goats and the chickens. Clover came to the fence and I reached out to pet her. I like to pet all the goats every day, but I have a special love for Clover. I can’t help it. She’s very powerful. Usually, she lets me do that for about 20 seconds and then starts trying to eat me.

But yesterday, she just stretched her neck out and turned her head this way and that way and let me pet her and stroke her and scratch her. I reached out with both arms and rubbed on both sides of her belly, trying to see if I can feel babies. I think she’s three months pregnant, but she won’t tell and I can’t tell. (If so, she will be due in August.) Then I scratched her under her chin and behind her ears and stroked her cheeks.

And she just let me and let me. She never lets me do that! Is it the pregnancy hormones? Is this a kinder, gentler Clover???

She was just so sweet.

I said, “Clover, you DO love me!” Finally! She had revealed her true feelings.

And she said, “I love gingerbread. Can you bring me some gingerbread?”


But that sounds like a pregnant girl, don’t you think?!

Comments Leave a Comment
Share: |    Subscribe to my feed Subscribe
Posted by Suzanne McMinn on June 26, 2010  

More posts you might enjoy:

Sign up for the Chickens in the Road Newsletter


19 Responses | RSS feed for comments on this post

  1. 6-26

    What a sweetie, animals are very smart, yes she must be pregnant and is feeling motherly and needs your love. Humans were made to take care of animals and she loves it! You are so fortunate to have all your lovely animals! I am making dog treats this weekend.:)

  2. 6-26

    Just wait – next she’ll want pickles on her gingerbread!!! :lol:

  3. 6-26

    Awww! Yeah she sounds like my cat was when she was pregnant. She had been a very aloof cat, but was suddenly all about the pettin’s and love. Sure hope we see Clover babies soon!

  4. 6-26

    Animals do change behavior in late pregnancy, I think. I do hope she is going to be a mother.

  5. 6-26

    If she is preggers. . . What are you going to name it????! “Dewey” for mountain dew? Plain old “Dew” for a girl sounds nice too.
    Maybe she is figuring out that she might get more loving if she doesn’t nip! . . .Pickles with gingerbread, for two!?!?! Ha LOL :yes:

  6. 6-26

    Awwww…. Fingers still crossed on some new little goats!

  7. 6-26

    My goat acted like that when she was pregnant. I’m sorry to tell you to just take it as it comes. She will go back to her old self later.


  8. 6-26

    :hungry: Oh my goodness give that girl some gingerbread. I love CLover too..SHe is my favorite. I can’t wait to see her baby/babies. All I wanted was lemonheads,slurpies and big macs during my
    Hugs Granny Trace

  9. 6-26

    My mare acted like that when she was pregnant. She suddenly couldn’t get enough lovin’ & pettin’. Hope both of y’all enjoy it!

  10. 6-26

    LOL @ Tracey! I am there with you on the Big Mac cravings! My poor husband made so many trips to McDonald’s wile I was pregnant with my first.

    Nellie, my Clover, was the same way when she was pregnant. She loved to have her belly scratched. If she’s 3 months, you should start seeing that belly bulge soon. Look at her directly from the front or back and see if she’s looking more round. I hope so. Baby goats are so precious!

  11. 6-26

    That is one of the good side effects of those pregnancy hormones—-it seems like even the most aloof goat (or in my case the nastiest barn cats) turn into giant love bugs. Enjoy the special time with Clover.

  12. 6-26

    She’s a sweetie for sure, and gingerbread IS mighty tasty:)

  13. 6-26

    To see if she is pregnant, try placing your hand flat against her belly, right about where her navel is, in front of the udder. If she will stand still, you should be able to feel the baby or babies moving. It feel like a small faint bumping, against your hand. You might have to hold your hand there for a couple of minutes. I could do this with my horse when she was four months pregnant, and a mare carries their babies for 11 months, so you should be able to feel the baby move for sure at 3 months, for a goat. Hope this works for you.

  14. 6-26

    hey, clover sounds like one bright nanny. any girl who appreciates a good slice of gingerbread is right on. ~ best, cynthia

  15. 6-26

    Hehe. I think you’re right. Pregnancy hormones. :)

  16. 6-26


  17. 6-27

    She’s so beautiful. Just want to give her loving. :heart: :heart:

  18. 6-30

    i have one goat who never lets anyone pet her until she is just about ready to have her babies! maybe you are closer than you think!

  19. 7-5

    Oh I sure do hope so!! Little baby goats? Oh my goodness I can’t handle the cuteness of that! Fingers crossed!

Leave a Reply

Registration is required to leave a comment on this site. You may register here. (You can use this same username on the forum as well.) Already registered? Login here.

Discussion is encouraged, and differing opinions are welcome. However, please don't say anything your grandmother would be ashamed to read. If you see an objectionable comment, you may flag it for moderation. If you write an objectionable comment, be aware that it may be flagged--and deleted. I'm glad you're here. Welcome to our community!

Daily Farm

If you would like to help support the overhead costs of this website, you may donate. Thank you!

Sign up for the
Chickens in the Road Newsletter

The Slanted Little House

"It was a cold wintry day when I brought my children to live in rural West Virginia. The farmhouse was one hundred years old, there was already snow on the ground, and the heat was sparse-—as was the insulation. The floors weren’t even, either. My then-twelve-year-old son walked in the door and said, “You’ve brought us to this slanted little house to die." Keep reading our story....

Today on Chickens in the Road

Join the Community in the Forum

Search This Blog


December 2020

Out My Window

I Love Your Comments

I Have a Cow

And she's ornery. Read my barnyard stories!

Entire Contents © Copyright 2004-2020 Chickens in the Road, Inc.
Text and photographs may not be published, broadcast, redistributed or aggregated without express permission. Thank you.

Privacy Policy, Disclosure, Disclaimer, and Terms of Use