8/20/2009 1 Comment
Watching and waiting....
Jasmine appeared to be in early labor when we went out to do chores yesterday morning. Around 11am it appeared that heavy labor was starting, she was lying on her side, and having contractions that were lifting her rear end off the ground. After 5 or 6 strong contractions, they stopped. No more contractions were seen, until about 8pm when she had another brief bout of contractions. That was enough to cause Bekah and I to sleep out in the kidding shed, "just in case". However, morning dawned with no kids in sight.
I got the service memo in the mail yesterday and took a good look at the date on it this morning. According to that info, her due date is between August 27th, and September 24th. (She was field bred, so no exact date of service is available.) Goats can have Braxton Hicks contractions (sometimes referred to as false labor), and lose their mucus plug over the course of several weeks, and that appears to be what is going on with Jasmine. So we have at least another week of waiting and watching to look forward too.
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