Momma had goat in doghouse! PICS ADDED!!

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by Iwantgoats, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Iwantgoats

    Iwantgoats New Member

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    Oct 3, 2008
    Missouri
    Do I move her to the birthing stall or leave her to see if she has another??? She's in the doghouse and keeping the others outside, it is raining and above freezing her. She is dry and baby looks to be doing fine?? Suggestions please. First time and I'm shaking like a leaf!! I knew I should of moved her, debated with DH all evening about it. I knew I couldn't feel her ligs but her bag wasn't all the way full and there was never any goo coming out so I figured another 2-3 days but dangit. What do I do??
     
  2. Mully

    Mully New Member

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    Jun 23, 2009
    Mt Ulla , NC
    Re: Momma had goat in doghouse HELP!!

    If she is doing OK I would try not to move her as that will cause stress. Keep a good watch on her and she will be fine. You are probably worried but as long as she is comfortable where she delivers is not as important. A;; the best !!
     

  3. Iwantgoats

    Iwantgoats New Member

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    Oct 3, 2008
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    Re: Momma had goat in doghouse HELP!!

    Ok, what about when it starts snowing, it is suppose to get down below freezing but right now it's not. Dangit I knew this was gonna happen. We have the stall all ready with nice dry hay and everything. Ughh. Should I put down some fresh hay or a blanket or something? Do I just assume she's taking care of them and feeding them? I see her licking on them.
     
  4. Mully

    Mully New Member

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    Jun 23, 2009
    Mt Ulla , NC
    Re: Momma had goat in doghouse HELP!!

    She knows what to do just make sure they are feeding, this is so important. Keeping dry is the most important creature comfort for them, so if the dog house is in decent condition it will be fine. Welcome to the unpredictable world of goats. I once had a goat birth outside in the freezing rain, needless to say I moved them when the 2 kids were born to a warm place in the barn. You could consider moving them once they are born, both doe and kids, but wait until she is done kidding. Remember to dip the cord in iodine and you could clean her up some.
     
  5. Iwantgoats

    Iwantgoats New Member

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    Oct 3, 2008
    Missouri
    Re: Momma had goat in doghouse HELP!!

    I big one one small one who doesn't appear as strong and I'm not sure if it has drank. She's got like 30 min. to get feed right? And then I will assist the first one in getting some colostrum. She is passing the placenta now. I think she is done birthing. She's eaten a cup of grain and and is chomping on hay as I type. I think I am going to move them shortly. It's near impossible for me to get in the doghouse. It's one of those dome shaped ones. I put fresh hay down inside. OMY gosh I'm shaking like a leaf and so nervous. Thank you for being here to calm me and give me advice.

    Edit to add: The big ones umbilical cord is long. Should I when I move them, tie it off? Or will mom take care of it?
     
  6. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    Re: Momma had goat in doghouse HELP!!

    I would say move them to a birthing stall or somewhere they can move around and you can hlep the babies if you need.

    As for the cord, what I do is I hold the belly at the cord and I use my nails to tear it off. It should shred. Then dip the whole thing up to the belly in iodine to kell any bacteria and to help prevent Joint Ill.

    The reason I do that is to keep the baby or mom for stepping on the cord. That would not be good,
     
  7. Iwantgoats

    Iwantgoats New Member

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    Oct 3, 2008
    Missouri
    Re: Momma had goat in doghouse HELP!!

    I'm on it, thank you everyone for answering my newby questions!!! I love ya for sure!!!
     
  8. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    Re: Momma had goat in doghouse HELP!!

    you want it hanging some but not to much -- so tie it off with some dental floss and then cut the extra that is dragging. If it isnt dragging then leave it be



    congrats on the kiddos.

    yes you can move her to a nice warm stall so you can watch mom and babies better now that she is done kidding.

    as to the baby eating -- I give them up to an hour -- being born isnt easy.

    glad to hear mom has delivered the afterbirth and now you wont have to deal with that in the nice stall :thumbup:
     
  9. Iwantgoats

    Iwantgoats New Member

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    Oct 3, 2008
    Missouri
    Re: Momma had goat in doghouse HELP!!

    I got momma and babies moved to their birthing stall, heat lamp is on. Big one is doing good and has feed. The little one I got to take some dribbles that I manually feed (that's a chore). Now I'm gonna sit back and observe to see what mom does and give her an hour or so. Thank you everyone for being here, don't know what I would do without experienced goat people. :)
     
  10. myfainters

    myfainters New Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Lancaster, CA
    Re: Momma had goat in doghouse HELP!!

    Congrats on your new babies!!! I can't wait to see baby pictures! ;- )

    Jess
    Faint-Hearted Ranch
    www.faintheartedranch.net
     
  11. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Re: Momma had goat in doghouse HELP!!

    I see ...you have received great advice....and you did the right thing.... :wink:


    Congrats...on the new babies.... :greengrin: :thumb:
     
  12. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    Re: Momma had goat in doghouse HELP!!

    good job!

    congrats on the babies!!
     
  13. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Member

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    Oct 19, 2009
    Re: Momma had goat in doghouse HELP!!

    Congrats on the babies! Can't wait to see pictures :)
     
  14. Iwantgoats

    Iwantgoats New Member

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    Oct 3, 2008
    Missouri
    Re: Momma had goat in doghouse HELP!!

    This is the doe:
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    This is both, the buck on the left:
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    This is the buck:
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    The buck is suckling but only like slurp slurp then off, is this normal? He's active and up walking around.
     
  15. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    theyre cute! big size difference, just make sure that buck is eating and he should be fine
     
  16. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    Make sure he continues to eat -- little bits at a time is normal
     
  17. GotmygoatMTJ

    GotmygoatMTJ New Member

    Congrats on the babies! :love: Their adorable.
     
  18. shanzone2001

    shanzone2001 New Member

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    Nov 8, 2009
    Congratulations! They are adorable!
     
  19. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I agree ..make sure you keep an eye.. on the little boy........

    They are so adorable..... Congrats... :wink: :love: :greengrin: :thumb:
     
  20. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Member

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    Oct 19, 2009
    How cute!!!!! :D You're so lucky! I love their coloring especially.