Navigating a Frightful Goat Kidding Experience


All seemed well 

What are you to do when a doe has unexpected birthing complications? Before this year, we had only endured minor difficulties when it comes to kidding. A doe that needed a little extra help when pushing or a kid's head needing realignment seems scary enough. But what do you do when a kid is genuinely stuck? We have a doe, Ginger, that has kidded twice for other owners, so we expected no complications; however, she turned our world upside down this season.

A Normal Goat Kid Birth?

After 10 hours of early labor, Ginger entered into active labor, and everything was going off without a hitch. The first sac arrived as she laid on her side while slightly pushing. As the second sac came that carries the baby inside, Ginger became more uncomfortable. Still lying on her side, she continued to advance till a single hoof was visible. After 20 minutes, the second hoof peeped with contractions then disappeared between them. This kept happening for another 30 minutes or so before we began to fret.

As I went in to check on the alignment, I noticed all the right parts were lined up. The little teeth of the baby slightly grazed my finger, leaving a small slice as I felt around.

Realizing the Goat Kid was Stuck

All seemed well 2

As it should be?

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