When will she leave?

Discussion in 'Kidding Koral' started by melb1, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. melb1

    melb1 New Member

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    Sep 28, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    Gemma is a FF who gave birth 24 - 36 hours ago. She is a great mum, baby is feeding well. Gemma is very attentive to the point she won't leave bubs alone and go and eat herself. Is this normal? She won't let him come out of the shed to go with her either. I can tell she really wants to go - she talks to him as she walks to the door of the shed towards the paddock. If he doesn't answer, she goes back and talks to him until he does. If he does answer, she goes back in to him as well! I have been taking her some grain but I can tell she really wants to go and browse.
     
  2. melb1

    melb1 New Member

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    Sep 28, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    Never mind - she's finally gone out!
     

  3. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Some does are just great mom's, give her a week or 2, she'll have him out and about. She won't go very far from him so be sure she has water and food close to where he stays.
     
  4. melb1

    melb1 New Member

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    Sep 28, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    Thanks Liz. I knew she wouldn't starve herself but as this is the first time for all of us, I am curious to know what is 'normal' so that I can be on the lookout for abnormal.
     
  5. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    You can actually see this as a Godsend! Gemma may be a bit more attentive than some FF are and that is a good thing. With future freshenings her instinct to mother may or may not lessen. It is normal though that all goat moms usually keep close tabs on their kids til at least a week old, some a bit longer but that first week is a " wheres my baby? he needs to eat NOW...If I leave somethin's gonna get my kid" insanity for the new mom, experienced or not.
     
  6. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    totally agree with Liz on this.

    I love when I see them being so attentive but I hate when they dotn eat too. So I just pamper mom giving her molasses water to make sure she drinks and I give her all sort of grain and hay throughout the day in all sorts of odd places so nomatter where the babies end up she can be close by and eat :)
     
  7. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    agree...... :thumb: :hi5: