The best plans sometimes get set aside when there are does in waiting.
This is a photo of Annie. It was taken 4 months ago. If she looks large in the pic, she is very large now!
Today is day 144 of Annie's gestation. She normally kids around day 149-151. The earliest a doe should kid is day 145.
This morning Annie did not eat in her normal full-fledged herd queen fashion (she resides with the dairy herd). She ate a little grain, ate a little hay, and then went off by herself. She looked sunken in, as if her unborn kids had moved. I checked her ligaments, yes, they are gone. Her body is preparing for birth.
So, instead of visiting with friends, we smiled and stayed home. It was actually a very nice day. Beautiful, sunny, relaxing, just as a Sunday should be. So, it was a blessing in disguise. There are lots of those blessings when we watch for them! As far as our friends are concerned, we will make it another afternoon this week, perhaps have some lunch together then.
As far as Annie is concerned, we are still waiting. A doe in waiting...!