Kid dairy goat has hard softball size lump protruding from belly button. Kid was born February 2013. Also any sugestions for online health info for beginner goat farmer. Thank you. arthurrap Lee Center NY
Yup, sounds like a hernia. It probably should be looked at by a vet because they usually do not heal by themselves. A doe with a hernia should not be bred unless it has been fixed, and even then, maybe not. It depends on the size and how well the surgery went. Some hernias are genetic.
I was given a gorgeous French Alpine doeling with an umbilica hernia. The vet repaired it and siad she should be good to go for kidding. She had several successful kiddings while i had her and never had a kid with one. Her hernia was said to have been caused by a problem at birth.