Is my Doe Pregnant?

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suggii

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i recently attempted to breed my 6 month old doe and my 5 month buck. ive seen him fall over multiple times, however im not sure if the deed was actually done. this was about 2-3 weeks ago

here is what ive notices so far:
  • shes been a lot nicer to me, usually very timid and mean
  • though they were bonded before, she hates my buck now and won’t let him mount her
  • she’s been eating a lot more, finishing a whole bowl of food now.
  • she’s been digging into the corners of her pen, and digging into the pen in general
i tried to palpate her, but it stressed her too much so i stopped but i only felt some kind of round grape thing..it went away when i tried to feel it again though.

is she pregnant? id really like to know!
 

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Most likely yes! if you can feel something like grapes, usually means babies. Mood can change as well. females don’t let males mount when pregnant and digging can be a sign of her trying to make a place to nest, to deliver her babies!
 

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Agreed, but unless you know how to palpate it’s best not to try. Though not a 100% sure sign, a very likely sign that she’s pregnant is when she starts gathering hay in her mouth and trying to make a nest. Have a nestbox handy to give her about day 28. First time moms don’t always know what to do though, so watch her.
 

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I never can tell by palpating, have to wait the full time to be sure. Sometimes it's obvious, when they get huge in the last days, but not always, I got litters that I wasn't really counting on, and complete surprises as well. Whenever there is a slight chance or there are telltale signes like haystaching nad nestbuilding they get a nestbox, rest and privacy.

I try to check on them often when the time comes, something always can go wrong, like kits outside the nest, or not building a propper nest.
 
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Alright! It’s about either week 3 or 4 now, 3 for sure but 4 is an estimate. She’s a false holland lop so she’s quite big and has never been weighed..I’m assuming that might’ve been why it was harder to palpate her.

i heard that some does end up building their nest days before birth, right before, and even after..I’m hoping her instincts kick in since she’s a first time mom! I gave her a shopping basket filled with newspaper and some hay but she’s only been eating it and sitting in it
 

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