Update 4/16/13- Wanted to add a little more about predicting kidding. The ligament test is a very reliable test, but there are other signs to look for. As the doe gets closer to kidding, she may exhibit the following other signs as well:
- Udder fills and becomes tight and shiny
- Thick, opaque discharge from vulva becoming clear and stringy
- Doe seeks solitude, paws the ground, makes quiet baaing sounds (sometimes turning her head to her belly and talking to her babies)
- Often becomes more friendly towards her caretaker, licking the hands of the human, and generally wanting to be petted and loved on.
- Contractions can be observed. The doe tenses, arches her back, and her tail curves during contractions.
- As the labor progresses, her discharge becomes yellowish and ropey, and she eventually begins pushing.