Salt is pregnant with twins. Roxanne dropped twins. Catarina is not pregnant.
Peaches with her newborn Charming. She dropped her second baby five minutes later.
It is best to be on hand when babies are born. A full, very warm sack is a good indicator you have a 24 hour watch coming!
A friend of ours uses a baby monitor. When a goat gives birth everyone on the farm usually knows it! A mother will also start
seeking out a place away from the herd and sometimes start digging out an area to clear debris away from her new arrival.
She should be given her own private stall for a few days.
When the baby drops don't worry about the placenta for up to six hours. If you don't see it after that you may need some vet
advice as to cleaning her out. It's usually never a problem but there is always a first time.
Make sure mother is absolutely drinking. Giving her a 50cc dosing syringe of electrolytes starting a week
before she gives birth and a couple of days after will keep her from having a painful dry birth, aide in
good delivery, and keep her in milk. Add a little salt to her goat grain will encourage her to drink.
On the subject of grain you do not want big fetuses and fat mothers. Sometimes overweight goats will either not become
pregnant or abort their fetuses. Big fetuses mean harder births and even c-sections. I give moms all the hay they want, all
the grass they want and limit the grain depending on the weather to a full scoop on cold miserable days to half a scoop on the
nice days. We've had over fifty births now and no serious problems.
After a few hours take warm soapy water and clean new mom's tail and utters. You will need to do this almost daily for a week
to make cleaning this sticky residue easier and to keep flies from laying eggs and causing more problems. If she gets loose
stools put her on more hay and even take the grain for a day or two. Keep her cleaned up. Some goats under stress carry
the coxidia "bug" and I'll give these does Corrid 5cc to the mouth for three days. They'll ignore the water version and then
get dehydrated on top of having diarrhea and then we'll go down a whole new rabbit hole. Yah, it's strong and it's bitter give
her a handful of grain and it's all over.
First time moms should be two years old when their babies are born. Younger does lack size to give birth and may struggle. Pay
especially close attention to first time moms.
Play it safe in cold weather and bring your moms into an area with heat lamps on. In 2016 I was really ill and the people
watching my herd failed to check the heat of my does sacks and sure enough my registered doe gave birth and the babies
froze to death. Triplets at that. I am still sick about it. I should have just had everyone make her a spot and bring the three does
I was watching in until I could get up and about again. Yah, had the flu that bad. I learned a lesson that day.
Also, fresh kidded doe colostrums is poisonous to older kids who mayltry to nurse on her.
They will get a serious case of diarrhea! Usually new mom's will butt away another doe's kids. If they don't you need
to either separate the ninny thief for three days or the new mother and her babies.
Worming mothers. Well, I learned a lesson last year. I do not recommend worming does with anything but safeguard and not
after their third month. I do not worm the kids until they are three weeks old. When the worms die inside the goat they
are also in the unborn babies gut. On top of that some worms will go through intestinal walls to escape and bloat the goat. I
lost my favorite goat this way. She had babies and coxidia and I wormed her thinking worms was the cause of the
diarrhea. That's when I learned about wormer's being a poison. This year, 2016, all my babies are fat and no weak looking
does. Two weeks after the babies were born I wormed mother with no issues. Babies got their first dose of safeguard a week
later. (No doubt they got a light dose in mother's milk.) Now I'll worm the whole herd with injectable ivermectin orally
in three weeks. I spread diametric earth over all the bare spots they lay in and even sprinkle some in their feed as it is edible.
Mr. Doodles is displaying the natural head position for feeding. This position allows the milk to enter the rumen.