Remember his information is “in general” as not every labor is the same and for the most part, the doe won’t have a problem.
When only one leg is out and the nose is showing, this is not a big issue. The kid can still be born without your help. If the leg is over the head, just move it into the normal position. This means you have to go in and feel it. But, this is harder for mom to deliver with the leg back. If one leg is back, it will give more room for the head though.
These are brother and sister and they were born in 2010, I had to assist.
This is really, not an issue. Mom can do it with me watching; but if the head is also back, go for the other leg to be correct. This means going deep to hook the knee with your finger. It will slip out easier. If you see one hoof and the nose, she can do it. I’ve had some kids when finely in the right direction they shoot out with the next push from mom. YEAH!
Now, I’ve had plenty of heads coming and no feet. NOT fun. The shoulders get hung up on the pelvis. So, the head HAS to go back in so you can get at least one front hoof in the exit lane. Again, if mom is stressed, get the other hoof and GET THAT KID OUT! I better say that when things, feet and head, are in the correct position, it goes better. To me, I don’t do anything till the water breaks. If mom is pushing and pushing with nothing happening, I will go in with fingers only to “see” what is going on by feel. If I have to break the water, that kid is coming out with my help. Jumping the gun is a thing I have to weigh. If I break the water and feel a foot, then I may give it 15 minutes. All this does depend on how far apart the contractions are.
If any of you have been in labor, you know what I mean (sorry guys). You don’t have to pull with mom pushing; she’ll push when you pull also. When the kid is past the shoulders, pull with the kid heading toward moms hocks, NOT straight out. Downwards motion. Mom can be standing or lying down. Remember, downward motion, not straight out.
This is MilkMaidRanch DJ Rhet Butler and he is the buckling in the other photo on the right. He is now one of my 1st generation Mini-Alpine breeding bucks. He is very flashy.
The kid's back can break if straight out.
I hope these will be read in order. You may print them out for future use.
The harder deliveries will be in the next post.
Suzy Minck www.milkmaidranch.com