If you’re expecting little calves, lambs, or any baby animals this year it is key to know what the early signs of labour are. This will help you to know when to keep a closer eye on the animals for any signs of trouble.
Most species will show similar signs, many of which are intrinsic due to them being prey animals.
Up to about 10 days pre-birthing, if you are able to get close enough to the animal you may notice physical changes and signs such as:
Behavioural signs may also be seen close to birthing time such as:
Reminders of things that are abnormal / when to call the vet for help:
Call the vets at any stage if you are ever unsure if what is happening is normal.
If the vet is coming out it will be handy if you can have a bucket or two of warm water ready for them.
Signs of when to call the vet (cattle or sheep):
Signs of when to call the vet immediately (horses):
Signs of when to call the vet (alpaca):