Well, ya'll can breath easy for a bit longer - no babies yet! It seems that Miss Hazel decided that kidding on a weekend would be toooo easy.
It seems that what I saw was perhaps a bit of false labor mixed with being pocked in an awkward spot by a little one.
This is so funny. I'm part of a goat forum where I have a kidding thread for Hazel, over there they're absolutely convinced that she is not pregnant, that she's pulling a grand heist of epic proportions/I'm trolling them/I'm stupid. Over here, we're all "she's pregnant, yaaaay!!"
If she is pulling a grand heist though...oh boy. THAT would be frustrating.
However, she was acting so unusually yesterday (acting like she wanted to fight one second, then terrified of me the next, then going WWE on Atticus while loving on me the NEXT second - there is Hazel fluff strewn ALLLL over the pasture from Atticus trying to fight back, etc) that I can't imagine this being a "normal", non-pregnancy induced, event of any kind.
It smacks of the kind of behavior I've heard pregnant women display! Haha
She's still not too interested in food however...not sure what's up with that. She is pooping fine so she must be eating something!... She eats about half her grain, then leaves it all... Same with hay - a few mouthfuls and she's "done"...
Anyway, tomorrow is her last official due date (if she were bred on the day I brought her home) so, from what I've read, that means we should likely have babies by Saturday since they don't generally go more than 5 days past due.
Also, random thought that I had this morning - she's been on MSM for weeks in an attempt to help any joint ills she may have. However, I am overdosing her for her size (a proper dose didn't seem to help - an overdose did. I got her a horse joint supplement to use once the threat of pregnancy is over since it had ingredients that shouldn't be used on young ones...) and MSM is amazing at lessening inflammation so maybe that's somehow hindering things? I have no idea but I took her off it, just in case.
Lacey is really excited about this whole turn of events. She really seems to like that I'm checking on them more often and she ESPECIALLY loved the 9 o'clock checks over the weekend! Silly girl. :)
I bet she's going to love babysitting for her bestie, once the babies are big+smart enough to be out and about! She does love babies.
It's almost a shame that she was never bred, mostly for the fact that she adores babies/young things of any and all species.
Conformationally, the world doesn't really need another hyper gray unregistered horse with a butt that's a good 4-5 inches taller than it's front end...but still, bred to the right stallion, things could have been acceptable for that baby. Lacey woulda been a fantastic mom.