Goats: Just Kidding! Part 5

| 3/14/2012 10:15:10 AM

Tags: goats, Goat School, kid hoofs, kidding, birthing, cleaning, newborn, dam, doe, bottle feeding, heating bottles, colostrum, Janice Spaulding,

 Our weather is getting better and better here in the Northeast, we've actually had temperatures into the 50's, and we're eager to start kidding! I know that it will happen soon enough, but, we are getting impatient! It's so much fun delivering babies and enjoying the antics of the little ones.Carinababies 

As I explained in my last blog, the kids come down the birth canal in all sorts of positions, and it is possible to deliver them as they appear. Most of the fun, though, is finding out how many, what colors, what sex, and what do they look like! 

All of my talk to this point has been about the kids, but, what about mom? What should we do about her? She did all that work, pushing out one, two, three, or more babies, doesn't she deserve a little TLC too? Here is what we do: we use one of our smaller water buckets (the gallon and a half size) and fill it with nice warm water, then we add about ¼ to ½ cup of molasses, stir it up and offer it to the dam; she will love this! It's sort of an “after birthing tea”. It gives the mom a much needed boost of sugar, which provides a quick shot of energy, some added iron, and something warm to drink jettakidsafter all that hard work. Some of our girls will drink the whole bucket in one fell swoop, and others just a few swallows.  

(A quick note about afterbirth, please let your doe deliver it all by herself with no help from you! Tugging, pulling, tying heavy objects to it, does nothing but potentially cause injury. And, please don't cut it because it's dragging! 

After reading lots of available information, I called my vet because after 24 hours the doe still hadn't delivered her afterbirth, and the only thing he asked was “does it smell?” When I said no, he said if she didn't deliver it in another 24 to 48 hours come to the office and get some oxytocin to start her contractions again. She delivered it about 10 hours after the call.) 

And, now, back to the babies. As I explained before, we take our dairy kids away at birth, any others would just stay with their moms. There are several reasons for that. First of all, the babies are taken away only from our dairy goats. We bottle feed these babies their mom's colostrum and milk. It seems so much easier on the girls; they don't have the separation anxiety in the way that a doe has when a 2 or 3 week baby is taken from her. threesome 

Andrew Reckers
3/20/2012 4:07:22 AM

Goat help please! I have a month old goat that was recently bitten by a dog through the jaw (about a week ago). It bled pretty bad at the time but the goat still is drinking milk (from a bottle, it's mother died a couple weeks ago) and has plenty of energy. The problem is that the goats mouth bleeds when it drinks, even just from the bottle. It's tongue goes to the side as well, and the goat doesnt like to be touched around its mouth anymore. There seems to be some swelling on the lower jaw and it even looks like the goat has an underbite now that didnt exist before. I know this isn't enough information to diagnose, but does anyone have any experience with a similar injury? I am tempted to give it a shot of antibiotic (LA 200) but any other advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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