HELP ME PLEASE!!!

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  1. Amberley

    Amberley New Member

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    Jan 28, 2020
    Rutherfordton, NC
    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.
     
  2. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    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?
     

  3. Amberley

    Amberley New Member

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    Jan 28, 2020
    Rutherfordton, NC
    Here are pictures from last night and this morning. Pregnant?? Sorry a little graphic.
     

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  4. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    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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  5. Amberley

    Amberley New Member

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    Jan 28, 2020
    Rutherfordton, NC
    Please, I need some help. So, you would say pregnant? My number is
     
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  6. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    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?
     
  7. Amberley

    Amberley New Member

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    Jan 28, 2020
    Rutherfordton, NC
    I am up if you want to call. Please take of number. Just don't forget me. Lol can you tell I am a little nervous?
     
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  8. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    My whole household is asleep. It would be better to call this afternoon unless it's an emergency. The number is gone from the site.
     
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  9. Amberley

    Amberley New Member

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    Jan 28, 2020
    Rutherfordton, NC
    This afternoon will be fine. Thanks so much.
     
  10. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    Amberley, You have one of the most experienced person helping out. It will all be good!
     
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  11. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    You will be OK - goat hiker is an awesome resource. Thank you for taking her in..... you can do this!
     
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  12. Amberley

    Amberley New Member

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    Jan 28, 2020
    Rutherfordton, NC
    Yes, I am.glad she is calling me.
     
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  13. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    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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  14. Paul Randall

    Paul Randall Active Member

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    Apr 7, 2019
    New England
    -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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  15. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    Forgot to mention that doe has a stall in the OP's horse stable.
     
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  16. CBPitts

    CBPitts Well-Known Member

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    Jan 28, 2020
    Oregon
    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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  17. Amberley

    Amberley New Member

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    Jan 28, 2020
    Rutherfordton, NC
    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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  18. Paul Randall

    Paul Randall Active Member

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    Apr 7, 2019
    New England
    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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  19. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    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.
    Best wishes
     
  20. Amberley

    Amberley New Member

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    Jan 28, 2020
    Rutherfordton, NC
    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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