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Quick Advice Needed

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Young Goats' started by Meghan Agner, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Apr 20, 2019
    Meghan Agner

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    I have goats for almost 6 years and never seen this. Have a first time kidder in labor. Every time she lays down and gets up I see thick bloody mucus. She doesn’t look dilated enough to have the baby but I know they can fool ya. This buck has thrown some good sized kids. She’s definitely in labor, I’ve watched the contractions and she’s not interested in eating. Not sure how long. Pic of mucus
     

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    Pioneer Chicken

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    Do you know how long she's been in labor? One of my does did this the night before kidding but that's the only time I saw that. How is your doe acting? Is she off in any way? Do you know when her due date is?
     
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    Pioneer Chicken

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    I would definitely be keeping an eye on her. Is she pushing at all? If so, how long? Anymore than an hour and I would recommend cleaning up and going in to see what's going on.
     
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    Meghan Agner

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    Came back 3 hours later, no baby. She’s in pain. She isn’t dilated enough. I could only get 3 fingers in but the baby is not in the birth canal. We don’t control breed so I don’t have dates but she should be due based on outward signs and the other does kidding. I found her laying. She stood but didn’t walk far. She’s normally VERY standoffish and skiddish but she let me go up to her and access her while just wrapping one arm around her chest. There was blood when I accessed her but again no baby in the canal. I left her and I’m hoping for the best.... advice? She was not pushing but I saw her appear to push once earlier
     
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    Meghan Agner

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    She is walking with a hunched back, very slowly and grinding her teeth
     
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    Southern by choice

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    I do not understand why you are leaving her? You need to stay with her. She is a FF and probably a little stressed. You can comfort her and I would glove with lots of lube and gently try to work with stretching and helping that cervix open if needed. This way you can actually tell if she is in distress. If she actually appears to be in labor and not just pre labor issues and no progress then you need to call a vet.
    Grinding teeth generally isn't part of pre labor signs.
    How is her udder?
     
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    Meghan Agner

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    My herd is not on our property and I have two young children. I didn’t want to cause her more stress by trying to put her in a kennel in the back of a truck and driving her 15 minutes at night down the road in 60 degree weather.
    Her udder is full and the same as earlier today. She was grinding her teeth earlier too. Or at least is sounds that way. I am hoping that it is because she’s in an earlier stage than I think
     
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    Given the pic you posted, I’d be calling my vet.
     
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