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Mchaos acres 2017 kidding thread

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Young Goats' started by Pamela, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. Jan 18, 2017
    Pamela

    Pamela Loving the herd life

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    Well, here we go. My Nubian doe, Oreo is our first up. Last year, she delivered triplets early and we lost them all. I thought she was due to deliver between Christmas and New years, but doe code is in full effect. She passed some mucus that week and started bagging up. Now, we are three weeks out, more mucus , lots more udder. I am not so worried about premature kids as I am the weather. Why start kidding season in January in Idaho you ask? Well, most of the time our winters are relatively mild. This one however, has been very harsh. Like much of the country, lots of snow and ice. To top it all off, our high today was still in the single digits. I am really worried that she is going to kid through the night, and we will have frozen popsicle kids. She is in a barn with 3 other does, separated, but it is a fairly small space. It isn't warm by any stretch, but it is out of the worst of the weather. I have my kidding kit ready, . Now we just wait and pray that she goes when I am around.
     
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  2. Jan 18, 2017
    BlessedWithGoats

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    I pray you have a Blessed safe kidding season, and healthy kids and momma! :hugs
     
  3. Jan 18, 2017
    Pamela

    Pamela Loving the herd life

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    Thanks! The doe code is killing me!
     
  4. Jan 18, 2017
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    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Moderator

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    :hugs:fl:fl:fl Hoping for the best for you and your doe. May she provide you half a dozen happy healthy doelings for putting you through such stress ;)
     
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  5. Jan 19, 2017
    samssimonsays

    samssimonsays Milo & Me Hoppy Tail Acres

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    Eeeek! I can't wait to see what she has!
     
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  6. Jan 19, 2017
    nstone630

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    :fl :pop Prayers for a happy healthy kidding!!! :hugs

    A lot of people on here suggested the goat barrel to me...which I now call an igloo. It might work for you if you have some water barrels laying around. :hu Keep a little heat in for the kids.
     
  7. Jan 19, 2017
    Pamela

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    Do you have a picture or a link of this?
     
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    Just took a large water barrel (doesn't have to be this big) cut a square in the bottom front for them to get in and out. Then on the top there was already a hole that seemed to be made just for a lamp. Not really, but it fit perfectly. You could just cut a hole in the top if yours doesn't already have one. And I'm just using a 100 watt light bulb in it. Doesn't make it hot, but deff makes it warmer than everywhere else. My pregnant doe actually squeezed herself in this one until she is finally too fat to get in and out of it. We still have our on and up just in case she kids at night and it's about freezing.

    Happy Kidding :fl
     

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  10. Jan 21, 2017
    Pamela

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    Thank you! My husband and I will be making one of these in the morning.
    So today I have noticed that oreo is really bulgy, not just in her lady parts but around her tail. This is when she is laying down or at the feeder with her front legs up. She is very squishy in this area, until she stands normally and then I think I can still feel ligaments. I do really have to dig for them though.
    Tonight, she has been grunting these little pathetic grunts. She has had discharge off and on for days, but has no active discharge now. She seems really uncomfortable, but who isn't when they are that preggo? I've had 8 babies myself, and would have loved to have had the epidural inserted and running for the last trimester of each!
    I don't know if she is toying with me, or if she is in early labor. Sigh. Time will tell.
     
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