I had a new experience a couple of weeks ago when a friend of mine left town. The lady who was "goat-sitting" for her called me to say one of the goats (who was on kidding watch) was standing around with string of goo but nothing was happening. I came out and sure enough there was a very filthy string of mucus hanging down but the doe wasn't acting in true labor. She would shift uncomfortably, paw, turn around, lay down, and then maybe give a few noncommittal pushes before getting back up. After watching for half an hour or so and seeing no developments, I decided to have a feel inside. It was strange. The cervix was wide open but there was no kid in the passage. In fact, it took me a while to find a kid beyond the passage. Instead I was pushing my hand through what felt like a bucket of water balloons before I finally went down far enough to feel a leg. It turned out to be a hind leg so I fished it out and found its mate before pulling the tiny breech kid out. I was confused because the kid didn't seem to be the thing that was plugging up the works--it was that bubbly stuff. Half an hour later or so the doe laid back down and began to push. A large red placental bubble appeared and I was worried because I was sure the doe had at least one more kid in there. Sure enough, a few minutes later a white bubble appeared alongside the red one, and this second bubble had a kid's head in it. I had to reach in to retrieve the legs, but he wasn't so easy to get out because the placenta was still in the way. The doe soon delivered a third kid and the placenta was still hanging there all muddy and gross where it had been dragged through the dirt. It finally detached after the third kid, but it was a very strange delivery. Reaching in and feeling nothing but soft rubbery bubbles really threw me for a loop. That darn placenta was trying to come out ahead of everyone and I'm really glad I pushed it aside and kept searching for a kid because if I'd waited I'm sure we would have run into problems. It was a good outcome. A healthy doeling and two robust bucklings. Mama went on a course of penicillin because I'd had my arm so far inside but she turned out fine as well. My friend said she's never pasture breeding goats again! That doe should have been due at least two weeks earlier. She wasn't supposed to have kids while the owner was out of town!