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I have animals but rescued a Nigerian dwarf doe and I think she is pregnant. Never had a goat but horses, bunnies, dogs etc I am good but goats are new. I really need some help and your thoughts. I do have pictures from this am and last night. Any help appreciated.
 

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Is she acting ill? If she is pregnant and eating and drinking normally, is of good weight, etc. make sure she has plenty of fresh clean water, keep it where babies won't get dropped into a bucket as they are being born, good hay and loose minerals.

What was her home place like? Bucks with the does? Neglect?
 

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Definitely pregnant and pretty close to kidding. Probably in her last couple weeks.
She looks healthy and good on copper for the moment, do get her some selenium/E or Replamin Plus to keep her blood levels of healing vitamins high in preparation of labor.

If you'd like I can PM my number and talk you though the kidding.
 

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Okay, I'll write down your number and wipe it off the site so scammers don't get it.
Unless you need me to call right now, do you?
 

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Okay, her questions revolved around what was needed for kidding etc.
Doe is a rescued Nigerian Dwarf.
I told her to do the selenium paste now and again in 2 weeks. Reduce grains to 1/2 cup. Since we don't know what dad is we really want to watch kid growth. Doe has alfalfa hay as well
My kidding kit is very basic
Clean feed bags to kid on
Roll of good quality paper towels
Couple of old bath towels
High potency vitamin B, selenium/E paste,
Spray can of chlorhexidine
Molasses for mom

Others might chime in with their routine. Options are always good.
 

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-Kidding pen of some sort
-3 or 4 dollar store bath towels
-Colostrum powder and bottle with small nipple in case mom doesn’t feed
- shot glass or cough medicine cup and iodine for umbilical cords
-rubber gloves in case you have to pull one
-a plan in place to keep kids warm if temps are below 45, ND kids are awful at regulating their temp for the first week or two, so heatlamp, warming box, or heated space obviously with safety in mind, especially with heat lamp in a barn, plenty of warm dry straw.
 

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To keep kids warm I have a great rigid plastic outdoor dog mat with a chew proof cord. I put it in a plastic barrel cut lengthwise with a rounded door cut out. So much safer than heat lamps!

Other than what’s listed above, just knowing that the vast majority of goats kid with no problem. Give at least 30/45 minutes for progression. There is more damage caused by intervening too early rather than waiting a bit.

Learn how to tell back feet from front feet as back feet are the time you need to be in a hurry.
 

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Thanks she is being monitored by an night Vision monitor so I can see her all the time. May be Overkill but I want to be I keep an eye on her. Headed to get all supplies today. Thank you all. She seems a little more restless and not as comfortable this morning but still no discharge.
 

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I use wireless baby monitors with the night time feature once my does go into the kidding pens, definitely a good idea. I wouldn’t get too concerned until her bag is looking more full. She will look back and talk to the right side of her stomach and most likely will start pawing to prep the area where she will birth. Goats are tricky. Sometimes there’s no signs and you just walk out and hear those little baaahhsss
 

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I would keep a bit of Cayenne pepper and honey ready to give baby a pinch in some honey if baby is lethargic or not interested in nursing..will perk baby right up. Also get some lube...if you need to help babies deliver..lots and lots of lube will be your friend. As Jill said, not knowing what she is bred to, you want to be prepared. I baby pull kit wouldn't hurt. Just trying to think worse case scenario since you are in the blind.
She is already in better hands, you are giving her the best chance.
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Thanks ladies. She is fine thus far. She is comfortable and seems to be good. I have everything ready. Now, it is a waiting game I guess.
 
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