A Positive Pregnancy Test!

Back in February our little Cherokee came into heat and bred with Rio.  I really hoped she “settled” and was expecting little baby goats! There are no imediate physical signs and other than not coming back into heat, it’s a guessing game!  I came across some livestock pregnancy tests that are accurate 30 days post breeding, but you have to draw blood and send it to a lab and wait for results.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to go to those lengths.  Then I found urine based pregnancy tests from Emlab Genetics that are easy to do and you get the results in 10 minutes.  The hardest part is collecting the urine!

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Our does are pretty regular: eat breakfast then pee.  Since I serve them breakfast every morning I’m usually there to witness them relieving themselves.  It took me two mornings to catch Cherokee midstream but yesterday I was able to fill a cup…she looked at me like I was nuts. Moving on…I grabbed one of the test vials, introduced the amount of urine needed {1.5 mL} and set my timer for 10 minutes.  I was so nervous…like a first time mom all over again.  Please be positive, please be positive!

Timer goes off…I check the vial and a huge smile comes across my face.  POSITIVE!  Cherokee is expecting and due June 27, 2017.  I am so excited to have bouncing baby goats around the farm this summer!

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Expecting parents!

Cherokee is one from a quad birth and I am told this makes her more likely to have multiples.  I’m hoping we will be able to feel the baby{s} move around inside her belly and that when she does give birth I am around to witness and help her if needed. That will be such an experience!

Ruby, our other doe should also hopefully be pregnant.  Unfortunately she did not settle and came back into heat after her first breeding. She and Rio have since bred again and she would be too early to test with any accuracy.  So in a few weeks I will hopefully be testing her and hopefully get another positive!  Either way, we are excited to announce that Cherokee and Rio have a bun, or buns, in the oven!

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