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    07-18-2011, 02:13 PM
Green Broke
I also as anoter question, should we be milking her just in case and just bottle feed the kids afterwards? If she is pregnant that is. And she isn't fat by any means she's actually quite skinny but big the belly, her little hips bones are all sticking out and her back bone is poking up.
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    07-18-2011, 02:33 PM
Green Broke
Definitely pregnant!!!!!@ just went out to check her and she have the sac sticking out, and she has begun kidding and now I just have to keep a close eye on her!
    07-18-2011, 04:07 PM
Green Broke
Well it's been about 2 hours since the sac popped out and we've had hardly any progression. Mom will be here in 5 minutes, and i've been calling vets all over the place, none want to come see her, and think that i'ts not a problem as it can take up to 3 hours, but another vet I called said she needs assistance now but he's to far away, and was prepared to instruct me on how to help pull them out, when mom gets here I will probably call him back and have him help us. I do hope all goes well.
    07-18-2011, 04:08 PM
Green Broke
Good luck with the kidding!

Twins and triplets are normal, singletons can be more of a prob. You don't need to milk her and bottlefeed unless you want the milk yourself. Milking and bottlefeeding maximizes milk production (nursing, she will only produce as much milk as her baby will drink) and also it helps with the spread of many milk born diseases (if you pasteurize the milk).

Also, goats are a dairy breed, like cows, it's not bad for their spine and hipbones to be prominent even when they are in very good weight. They are built differently than horses, a prominent topline is normal. She doesn't look underweight from what I can tell in the pictures (which admittedly isn't a lot, since she is laying down).

Since I assume you will let her nurse the babies, you need to make sure she is getting free choice alfalfa hay in her diet. A BoSe injection after the delivery is a good idea, and a calcium supplementation for the first few days will prevent ketosis.

ETA: You posted while I was still typing. If you have not had any progress in 2 hours since the bag appeared it is a VETERINARY EMERGENCY, she has the kid stuck - again common with pygmies and their little bodies. Find a vet to get there NOW, if no one will come search the computer for goat breeders in your area and see if someone can come out and midwife. Do NOT try to pull the babies yourself, most often goat kids actually need pushed back in and internally repositioned. You just try to pull it you WILL end up with a prolapsed uterus. Please get someone in your area that knows what they are doing out there ASAP.
    07-18-2011, 04:23 PM
Fingers crossed that Lilkitty follows Indy's advice and the little goat is OK.
    07-18-2011, 04:32 PM
Oh gosh, hope everything goes well!
    07-18-2011, 04:59 PM
Green Broke
We are waiting on our large animal vet to call us back on if he is on the field in our area, if not we are going to load her up and take her in. I definitely think it's a single one, and he's no longer moving around, not sure if that's normal but I just have a feeling we've lost him, so mainly trying to save our little nanny.
    07-18-2011, 05:01 PM
Green Broke
And as an update I am not seeing any goat breeders within a 30 minute radius, or at least none that has put themselves out there.
    07-18-2011, 06:55 PM
Any news?
    07-18-2011, 07:23 PM
Green Broke
If it's breech, I would go in and try to adjust the kid. Goats DO NOT take that long. Normally they can kid without assistance, but since it's her first time.. The prognoses does not sound good. I'm hoping for at least a healthy mom.

As for the coughing, it may be a respiratory infection. Or, as Indy said, lungworms. I can dig up the vaccines we give our goats for your guidance. We also give a supplement for vitamins/minerals they may not get in their usual diet. For a milking mother I would get a high protien dairy goat feed to keep producing milk (for baby). We give Southern States pellets/sweet feed.. I do suggest Purina Goat Chow/Purina goat show feed. TSC no longer carries it in my area. E.e

I'm wishing you luck and good thoughts.

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