So I was curious about Angora breeding cycles. I figured they are “seasonal breeders” which usually means August to Feb. Goats that come from cold climates are seasonal and goats who come from warmer climates like Nigerians, Boars, and Nubians are considered more year ‘round breeders.
Here is what I found-
“Breeding Angora Goats
Angoras breed seasonally, usually from August through January. Does are induced into estrus by the presence of a buck and cycle every 19 to 21 days until pregnant. Artificial insemination in Angoras is not common, so most breeding is done by a live buck that runs with the doe herd for the two or three months of breeding season.”
Now it’s not unusual to see elongation and redness in the “lady parts” during heat cycles and even some minor udder changes, but the udder should return to normal between cycles, which it doesn’t seem like she is doing.
False pregnancy is not the most common in goats, but it might be worth poking around to see if maybe this could be what is happening.
I’m not an expert and as such, can’t tell a whole lot from the video beyond how ell cared for and loved she is.
If she isn’t pregnant, she has developed a very healthy rumen (big square rumen = good thing) so at least you have that.
Fias Co Farm/Goats- Prenatal Care Preparation for Kidding & Signs Labor
I’m sure you have already seen this page, but scroll to the white goat at the bottom.
It is possible that if Hazel is pregnant she is carrying in a similar fashion as the white (well technically called cream) goat and her udder (Hazel’s) could also be high and tight like the cream colored goat’s.
(The dark goat at the top of the page is how a dairy goat udder typically looks. Like my goats too.)
It would be easy to mistake the cream doe as a normal doe with lots of healthy “bloom.”
Didn’t know if this might help too-
Movements of the fetuses can often be palpated between 3½ to 4 months. Put the doe on a stanchion. Put the heels of your hands together and spread your fingers wide apart. Place your hands just in front of the udder with your fingers extending into the flanks. Press upward into the belly and hold for a few seconds. You may feel one or more kids moving. The right flank is the most promising area to feel movement, as the rumen takes a lot of room on the left. It is somewhat difficult to palpate kids in fat does than those in appropriate condition. A small single fetus may sometimes avoid detection, especially in the presence of an exceptionally large amount of amniotic fluid. “
If it were yourself, try to equate the area with below and to the right of your belly button, but not as far as your hip bone. What could be considered inside the flank in a human I suppose.
I did read that it can be harder to feel kids in the more experienced does. Just what you wanted hear… right?
...awaiting on pins and needles here...
And how many???