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we have had two goats now that have had babies too early. they shouldn't of been born till the last of march. wondered what is causing that. wondered if we are feeding something they shouldn't have. only getting hay and a little corn. they are having babies that are not matured yet. goats don't have milk or seen any signs of getting milk.

HI Jack,
I'm sorry for your losses.  There are many reasons for  does to abort - I have an article on the subject that explains many of the causes for late gestation abortion in goats  on my website here: .  Being  only 2 does I don't know if this could be  called an abortion storm or not, Really the only way to tell for sure what caused it  IF it is of an infectious nature.. is to have blood samples form the dead fetuses tested  for disease/virus. There are so many variables,  the age of the doe, the nutritional intake,  possible disease or virus,  physical accident, too many to guess. If  you have another, I would take the fetus  directly to the vet  to have it tested. And if  there is anyone  (human) there who may be pregnant,  have them wear gloves while handling the babies/goats. I'm so sorry.  


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