Pygmy's first pregnancy - three still born

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by hikerchick, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. hikerchick

    hikerchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    My heart aches for her. Her mom is pregnant too, as is my other female. When they all have their babies, what is my little Diamond going to have? She has been her mother's baby for two years but now mom is going to have new little ones and I am afraid she will reject poor Diamond.
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm sure that mom won't completely reject Diamond...she won't treat her as a baby anymore, but she'll still be part of the herd. Sorry about your loss...
     
  3. hikerchick

    hikerchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    Breeding goats is so much fun when all goes well and so heartbreaking when it doesn't. At least I got the vet here in time to save Diamond - the babies were too big and she was too small.[​IMG]
     
  4. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm glad she's ok. Make sure to breed her to a buck with a smaller birth weight next year. Good luck with the other kiddings!
     
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    username taken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for your loss.

    It is unlikely that mum will completely oust diamond. Goats have a very strong family dynamic. Often, a doe will take her sister or daughter with her, away from the herd, for company when she gives birth. And it is not uncommon for grandmother, mother, daughter and granddaughter and so on to all hang around together when they are all mature does. I have even seen a bottle raised doe, bottle raised from day 1, run over to her biological mother and sit down with her, when she was 12 mths old and put back into the main herd.

    Depending on her personality, you might see diamond mothering the other kids. She might turn into the babysitter to give the other mums a break.
     
  6. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Colorado
    I am so sorry for losing the babies. hikerchick is sooo right... when it goes well having goat babies is such a joy - when it goes bad it's just heart wrenching. I've had it go both ways...

    I'm guessing that Diamonds mom will be just fine with her once her kids are old enough that she's not so focused on them. Goats are so social that they don't generally oust anyone... they just change the herd social order.
     
  7. hikerchick

    hikerchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    Thank you all for your reassurances. I love my little Diamond and I don't want her to be sad and lonely.
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I was in your shoes Monday. I posted about it on my blog. My vet did a c-sect here. Very sorry for your loss of the kids but glad the doe was saved.
     
  9. Cajunsamoan

    Cajunsamoan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry to hear this. I wish you the best of luck with the other two. [​IMG]
     

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