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I'm terrible at knowing when a baby has dropped and I'm pretty sure this mini (kill pen rescue) is a maiden to make things worse -- she's carrying very high and tight. Attaching a side view, front view, and photo of udders. Trying to get a sense of how close we are to the big day. Thank you!
 

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If you are willing to test ph, it is a HUGE help. Unfortunately many if not most minis do not wax so not something that can really be counted on. Any new udder picture? The one from Sunday is definitely showing progress!
 

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Here's Thursday -- looked the same this morning. She's very very very sensitive. Normally the sweetest gentlest thing but she's tried to go after me a few times in the past week so I'm not sure that pH testing is in our future hahaha
 

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Did we have a baby over the weekend??? If possible, check the milk in the udders. As soon as it becomes white and proper milk looking, the pH will drop and you can expect baby to make its appearance anytime. I'm excited for you and hope everything goes really well!!
 

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No baby! This sweet little lady has gotten extremely defensive of her space over the last few weeks and we honestly can't really touch her safely right now, let alone milk her (she's normally incredibly sweet and easy going but those hormones have really kicked in. 😅). Here's her udder from last night (I have to stand far away so I don't get kicked so the angle isn't the best). I don't see any changes! It's been about 40 days now since she's bagged up..
 

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Are there any other signs you watch for? Like going off feed? We have two cameras with night vision at the property but I don't think I can stay up all night watching every night. Right now I'm trying to wake up and check on her at least once or twice a night.
 

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Can you stall her or at least restrict her to an area where you can see her constantly overnight? Ph is really my go-to but I know you cant do it with her. How soft is her tail head? The muscle tone should be very soft there. You can also check her lady parts. When she is close, they will be soft, red, and possibly swollen. Do you have anyone that can help you take shits watching her? They can go from not looking quite ready to foaling in quite literally a couple of minutes. I would definitely be checking every hr at a minimum at this point without ph testing, and it is still very easy to miss that way. Depending on your camera system, you might be able to share the stream pretty easy. If that is the case I would recommend looking at marewatchers.com or on Facebook.
 

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Oh yes sorry -- I meant to say I have two night vision cameras on their pen -- one at either end. Soft tail head BUT it has been for about a week. Lady parts are still pink, not red. Don't look swollen to me, but she's quite relaxed back there (has been for about 3 or so days now). I will check out marewatchers! Thank you for that recommendation. I have one other mini in with her, her best friend who was at the rodeo place with her, and at the auctions, and at the kill pen, then rescue, and now with us. She's also imminently pregnant hahaha. They both got covered during their stint at the Stroud kill pen apparently ha!
 

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Watched last night which was hard because there was crazy fog for about 4 hours and no baby action but today her lady bits are definitely looking swollen to me. Here's some updated photos from this morning!
 

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Looks to me that baby's definitely shifted back into position. I'm guessing there would be a little bit of blood in the vulva (that happens when the cervix dilates) so she could go any time. Udder's nice and full. I hope she's a good mama. I'm really excited to see baby!
 

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Looks to me that baby's definitely shifted back into position. I'm guessing there would be a little bit of blood in the vulva (that happens when the cervix dilates) so she could go any time. Udder's nice and full. I hope she's a good mama. I'm really excited to see baby!
Oh good to know! I hope so too. We don't know her history but everything about her screams maiden mare to me. She's such a lovebug -- I hope she will love being a mama once she figures out what the heck is going on with her body poor girl! Will definitely post photos once baby is here. :)
 

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