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post #491 of 617 Old 01-25-2013, 09:00 PM
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Is her milk clear or whitish clear, biting sides doesn't necessarily mean anything, if her milk is really clear I would say you might have a few more days or a week to go.
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post #492 of 617 Old 01-25-2013, 09:02 PM
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Crossing fingers for a curly little filly. let's get this show on the road, Tenakee! It's about TIME!!!!! My guess for time... Which is completely a shot in the dark since I'm not super knowledgeable... tomorrow morning sometime.
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post #493 of 617 Old 01-25-2013, 09:23 PM
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I think it is going to be a cute little curly filly, or an elephant . Whatever the baby is, it is going to be a stubborn thing!

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post #494 of 617 Old 01-25-2013, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Foaling and Predicting Foaling
The visual signs of a mare's readiness to foal are:

1.) Udder distension begins 2-6 weeks prior to foaling.
2.) Relaxation of the muscles of the croup 7-19 days prior to foaling; relaxation around the tail head, buttocks, and lips of the vulva.
3.) Teat nipples fill 4-6 days prior to foaling.
4.) Waxing of the teats 2-4 days before. Waxing (or wax beads) refers to the colostrum (first milk) which appears at the end of the teats.
5.) Dripping of colostrum 24-48 hours before foaling. Loss of colostrum may result in an inadequate supply for the newborn foal.
6.) Prior to foaling, the mare's body temperature will be equal to or drop lower than her normal morning temperature.
I was researching a little bit, and am only going off of a few of these that I have observed. Her udder has already filled an obvious amount, and she is very loose and relaxed. Her teats filled 4 days ago, so that is a check. No waxing, dripping, and I haven't taken her temp. Milk is still clear.

I think I am going to get a few hours of sleep before I go peek at her again.
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post #495 of 617 Old 01-25-2013, 09:40 PM
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she seems about ready to pop to me!
im gonna be up all night for this i know... but who cares its a friday:))
im gonna go against the flow and say a curly colt!

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post #496 of 617 Old 01-25-2013, 09:45 PM
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I'm gonna say cute lil curly colt!
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post #497 of 617 Old 01-25-2013, 11:05 PM
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If you buy those pool pH strip things and test her milk with those that usually gives a better idea of how far away they are, but somebody will have to do some googling on that as I can't remember what pH level goes with what number of days etc lol
(I would google it for you but I'm covered in cow s*** and have to hurry to shower and get ready to go out)
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post #498 of 617 Old 01-25-2013, 11:52 PM
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My prediction is a curly yak.
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post #499 of 617 Old 01-26-2013, 12:39 AM
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The milk pH is above 8 normally, it will start dropping as she gets closer. Anything under 6.8 means soon, anything under 6.4 means roughly the next 24 hrs. It's a cheap way to get a fairly accurate prediction and is more accurate than testing milk calcium. Milk should go from clear pee yellow to cloudy, thick sweet yellow.
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post #500 of 617 Old 01-26-2013, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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I woke up earlier to go and check on her, and there was no baby. Her curls on her sides are still all messed up (and frozen) so she must have been biting at them for a good while. (I am only staying with the biting because it is something she doesn't do, and has done it quite a few times now that I can see the foal kicking and moving around quite a bit.) Maybe I will look into getting the test strips, but is it safe to be getting milk from her without worrying about wasting the precious first milk?
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