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Help with newborn goats

Discussion in 'Emergencies, Injuries, Diseases, and Cures' started by courtney painter, Feb 17, 2019.

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    courtney painter

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    My goat just had two little babies 3 hours ago. After she birth them, she isn’t cleaning them or fooling with them. The one is up all over the place and the other is laying on the ground. Should I clean them with towel or just give her more time to clean them?
     
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    Get those babies cleaned off now! Suction their nose/mouth with a bulb syringe if you have one.
     
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    There nose and stuff are clear. I cleaned them off now there both trying to walk around. Should I just leave them in there with the mom? I moved them to a small pen hoping she would care for them
     
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    If the dam a first freshener?
    Sometimes they can get overwhelmed and/or go into a bit of a shock and "forget" about the kids.
    Where are you located? Kids that aren't cleaned off immediately get chilled very fast and die.

    It depends, are you okay if the kids die?
    Because if the dam isn't doing anything they will.
    Can you direct her to the kids?
     
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    Clean them with a towel, make sure they are warm and dry, get them to suckling off mom asap...you may have to hold teat to get them going....the one that is down take its temp. To see if its too cold and you need to warm it....will alert others. @Goat Whisperer @BlessedWithGoats @frustratedearthmother. Help...
     
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    I payed her down and she actually licked one of them. No I definitely don’t want them to die. I’m in sc.
     
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    It is the goats first time having babies
     
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    If the dam is completely ignoring them you will need to bottle feed.
    It's not difficult. You will need to milk the dam and feed it to the kids.
    Check the mouth of the kids before you feed- warm is good. If cold, don't feed and take the kid's temp. Don't feed the kid if the temp is under 100*F.
     
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    Thank you I cleaned them and there up trying to walk. So I should make them drink from her?
     
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    Good that she is paying attention to them. Sometimes they need a little help.

    Is she a first timer?

    You should dip their umbilical cords in iodine.