We're expecting wee goatlings starting in February out to possibly April...
So when one of our goats took sick, we did not think she was in labor. Instead I made the brilliant deduction that her labored breathing was because she had pnuemonia.
She was standing alone away from the herd for a long time and would not eat so we put her in the garage with some straw to sleep on, and hay and water. In the morning - she was better - but she had a very small dead baby.
It was awful and has left me questioning my capabilities as a goat farmer.
The bright side is that we are now flung head first into the milk business without even so much as a how-do-you-do.
Two more of the lovely mama's are looking like they might kid any time now too.