Hi Just have a question. OUr mare is "due" on May 4th--this is my first foal and her second but the last one she had was about 7 years ago. She has shown(pointed belly, jello back end, prominate tail head, full udder all the time etc.) and acted ready to have it for about 2 weeks. The vet was out about a 1 1/2 ago and he palptated her and said the foal was in the birth canal and it shouldn't be long....... Well I am very sleep deprived and am trying to recover from brain surgery(had a lemon sized tumor removed--benign thank god) so I really can't afford to lose the sleep. Last night is the first time I have been able to express milk from her--although I do not know if it was just because I wasn't sure how to milk anything. It was cloudy(but not white) and very very sticky. Anyone have any ideas how much longer she may go??? I would just be devistated if I went out and the foal was born and not alive.......I want to be there but again I need to keep my health.
Sticky is good. It will go from clearish to almost opaque cloudy white right before she foals.
Usually they go off their food the day they foal as well. I would check her food and the milk in the evening before going to bed. If she hasn't eaten and the milk has changed--plan on staying up otherwise get some sleep!
My mare never went off her feed.. but, she was very, very restless for 2 nights. The second night she had the foal. She also did wax up one day.. and was dripping milk the next day. So, she gave me plenty of signs that this was going to be IT.
I had a surveilance camera in her stall.. so, I could set my alarm.. check the monitor.. then, roll back over and go back to sleep. I really only lost 2 nights sleep throughout the process. And, that 2nd sleepless night was THE night we had a big, heatlhy filly.
I bought the camera at Lowes for $69.00. It was way worth the money to be warm and toasty in bed, instead of running inside the barn every hour.
Best of luck to you. It does sound like you are within a few days of meeting your new foal. It is an exciting thing to watch. This was my first, and I feel so happy to have been there to experience it all.
mine never went off fedd either, she just did the graze on it all day for about 2 days (eat a little walk away, braze, eat hay, go back to grain and repeat) her real give away signs were rolling often(which she normally only did once per day),walking around with no purpose, tail raising and swishing, softer than normal poop and didnt want much touching, and she looked to the barn all day too, just was not herself! she had cloudy milk for a few days, white and leaking for 2 whole days!
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