Baby Watch


Goats are pregnant for 145-155 days, or around 5 months. Most commonly, goats give birth to twins, but they may give birth to anywhere from one baby to four.

I’m not actually sure when Sprite and Fanta got pregnant as Mr. Pibb has been on the buffet plan in the goat yard for the past year.

Based on “bagging up” I would guess Fanta will deliver first, and soon, but enlargement of the udder isn’t an absolute predictor as some goats don’t bag up till after they deliver.

Both Fanta and Sprite have baby bumps going on, but if we go by size of the baby bumps alone as a predictor–

–it’s Nutmeg who’s gonna pop any second! But she’s looked about like that for the past two years, so that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. I don’t call her Rotunda for nothin’.

It won’t be till I hear the sound of tiny bleats that I’ll know for sure who will be first.

I’m watching for babies here. We’ve got Mr. Pibblets coming soon!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on January 3, 2011  

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  1. 1-3

    Can’t wait for more babies! Hope the weather is decent when they do arrive. :snoopy:

  2. 1-3

    Great, time to pipe in Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”

  3. 1-3

    :snoopy: How exciting!! New life on the FARM!!
    Granny Trace

  4. 1-3

    How fun! Watch for the ligaments on either side of the tail to go really soft and you can kind of wrap your fingers around the tail head. Birth is within hours. I still have to wait 2 1/2 months for my babies to arrive :-(

  5. 1-3

    Helthy delivery to your Mama-to-be. Our family just welcomed babies of the human kind – adorable twin boys on 12/28. PTL!
    My heart is ready to burst! :heart:

  6. 1-3

    I have been reading your blog for a few months now and absolutely enjoy it! I have laughed, cried, and just been awed by all that you do. We have been trying some of your recipes, some successful and some not. My husband even mentioned Clover last night at dinner! My husband was born and raised in West Virginia. He would like to move back and because of your blog I am actually considering it. Thanks!

  7. 1-3

    How sweet, see Suzanne you have an effect on peoples lives you with all your loving ways. They just come right out of the posts you write.
    This is so wonderful to be able to know how to determine when the babies are coming. Have you ever had to pull a kid? I hope you or someone knows how if you do. BE BLESSED, waiting, waiting, waiting :snoopy:

  8. 1-3

    Babies!! Can’t wait. Nothing sweeter than little goatie babies, except MAYBE lambie babies. Annabelle was THE cutest little woolie thing I’ve ever seen.

  9. 1-3

    Poor Nutmeg. You eat a couple of cookies over the holidays and get no respect.

  10. 1-3

    Looking forward to little sodalettes!

  11. 1-3

    I LOVE baby goats, I grew up having them so naturally when we finally got a farm we had to have some of them. Not sure when ours are due either, since our billy is always with them. They are the CUTEST things though and I look forward to them every year! :)

    We have a jersey calf due soon too, which I’m looking forward to. I’m really hoping for a healthy girl but will take a boy of course! LOL

  12. 1-3

    Oh it’s getting closer :woof: Can’t wait for some more bouncing videos! Hope all the mamas do well!

  13. 1-3

    hopefully you will get to experience the birth this time… Oh…I got a surprise Saturday…my “girls” are laying again….(actually everyone around here are happy that they are) :pawprint:

  14. 1-3

    Oh baby watching is fun. This year, I bred my girls to avoid the January kidding. Here in Minnesota, January is not fun for being on baby watch. We do have rabbits bred for this month which is much easier to deal with. We should have kids and lambs in February and calves in March. Oh I love spring.

  15. 1-3

    Can’t wait to see pictures of the new babies! Hope the mama’s deliver ok and all is good.

  16. 1-3

    Buffet Plan! HA!

  17. 1-3

    Can’t wait to see pictures of the new babies, baby goats are so adorable!

  18. 1-3

    Goat babies! Oooo, you make me want to run away and join your farm! :D

  19. 1-3

    Evidently Mr. Pibb and the girls decided that they wanted to give you some excitement in the boring month of January.

  20. 1-3

    Mr. Pibblets! Hahahahaha!

  21. 1-3

    I was going to say the same thing Shelley did up there. Check the tail ligaments and watch for them to “talk” to their sides. Doing little momma noises and acting funny.

    The first year I delivered baby goats I lost our first one because I didn’t check to see exactly how things were supposed to go. I had one coming nose fist on a first time momma and I had no idea they were supposed to come front feet first with their nose lying on the legs. Once the head is out first, it’s so hard to get things the way they are supposed to be for a healthy delivery. If you see nose first, push it back, reach in and extend the legs so they are coming first with the nose lying on the legs. By the time I realized she was in trouble and ran to the house to read about what to do, I was too late. I did eventually get the little guy out but we lost him and ran the risk of losing momma too. Hopefully your goats with be like my Nanny and pop them out in about 2 seconds when no one is looking.

    You may already know all that but just in case I thought I’d throw it in there! Someone else might find it helpful as well.

    Good luck with your babies. I still have about 3 months to go before mine get here!

  22. 1-3

    oh my gosh, she looks just like our 5 little Nigerians did who all gave birth to triplets over the past couple of months!
    We had baby stampedes everyday!
    We will be on baby watch here in another 10 days, fun and nervewracking at the same time.

  23. 1-3

    I cant wait to see the kids! I have lambs due the end of january but no kids due until March. New babies are the best part of winter/spring on the farm!

  24. 1-3

    Oh my! You are going to have a baaaaad, baaaaaad, baaaaaad (that is the sound of baby goats bleating ) spring! They are so cute!! Good luck with your babies..

  25. 1-3

    I’ll be on baby watch the end of this month.
    As Shelley told you in her post, feel the tail ligaments…it will seem her tail could pull right off if you pulled it hard enough.

  26. 1-3

    My cousin has a goat farm. All their babies came on New Year’s Eve. It was so much fun. The whole family was in the barn playing with the babies. Bummer I didn’t have my camera. :(

  27. 1-3

    I can’t wait to see baby goat photos! And maybe you can get some video of them frolicking in the snow. Good luck and be sure to keep us posted:)

  28. 1-3

    Mr pibblets , lol thats so adorable :).

  29. 1-3

    Yeah babies! Pretty sure my clicking finger will get sore from checking in ….far too often! Bring on more bouncing baby videos!

    Hope the Mamas do it with ease…

  30. 1-3

    Just remember the *old* saying…..A watched goat never kids. Or at least it seems that way.

  31. 1-3

    Awwww…I love Pregnant Goats. Best time of the year!! We used to bring the babies in the kitchen and watch them do Bambi on ice across the linoleum. *sigh* I miss baby goats.

    Hope it’s a safe and healthy delivery for everyone!

  32. 1-4

    Oh man, 4 babies…. the pain, ow.

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