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I think my goats in labor can anyone help wit questions

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by farm n louisana, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. farm n louisana

    farm n louisana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the first goat I own I bought her n didn't knw she was pregnant wat r they signs of labor for a goat she has he milk bag n is really big [​IMG]
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  2. SA Farm

    SA Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may want to add straw in there if that is where she is kept. You don't want baby hooves getting stuck in those slats. Also, some does birth standing up and you don't want the baby being injured without a soft landing. [​IMG]
     
  3. farm n louisana

    farm n louisana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They have hay now they didn't have any when I took that pic
     
  4. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Any progress? Goo? Hard contractions? Straining?

    Labor can take hours, but sometimes it can also go very quickly. It depends on the doe. But if she is contracting, hard, with no progress, that is when you need to find out if something is wrong (which means you'd need to wash up, glove up, lube up, and check to see if there is a malpositioned kid, two kids coming at once, etc.).
     
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  5. farm n louisana

    farm n louisana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She doesn't have hard contractions yet she was leaking a lil bit earlier I'll keep u update as I go check on her tonight
     
  6. Goat Lover 3

    Goat Lover 3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How exciting! I hope everything goes well tonight!!:)
     
  7. Amarisus

    Amarisus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm curious, how is she? Did she have any babies yet?
     
  8. farm n louisana

    farm n louisana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    None yet
     
  9. PioneerPrincess

    PioneerPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The major way to tell if your doe will be kidding soon is to be checking her ligaments. Once they are completely gone and you can get your fingers around her tailbone, she will be kidding within 12 to 24 hours. Google goat ligaments to see what I mean. : ) And, yes, a doe can have contractions for about that whole time, too (mine usually are in labor for around 12 hours, more or less). Contractions include arching, yawning (a lot), and stretching. She may lay down and get up, lay down and get up because she is trying to get comfortable. My does start making little maa-ing sounds from the throat as they get closer to delivery. They may also start licking anything as the kids get closer to coming. Hope that helps!
     
  10. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    12 hours in labor! :O I've always been taught they were supposed to be done in about half an hour, tops.

    But I would guess you're defining the start of labor differently than I am, (?) since a 12 hour labor would often result in a dead or brain damaged kid.

    With slow birthers, I use raspberry leaf tea. You can also feed them the leaves. Works with basically all species including birds and carnivores. It's also one of those things that tones the female reproductive tract right up again so you don't have females with that permanent obviously-was-pregnant-once belly. It also prevents a lot of hemorrhages.

    Best wishes, hope she delivers a great kid or two.
     
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