Kidding Season Comes To An End

| 4/17/2013 11:32:20 AM

Tags: Goats, Goat Kids, Alpine, Birth, Kidding, Nursing, Breach, Nubian, Doe, Jennifer Sartell,

Three Goat Kids

Well, kidding season is over for another year at Iron Oak Farm. We had some challenges, but overall I would consider it a very successful year. All the dams and kids are doing great and I’m glad to have the worry of birthing behind us.  

 Alpine Goat Doe

Esther, our Alpine gave birth to triplets almost a month after our other three does. I was alone when she went into labor, and things got a little complicated. The first baby was breach. I could see the bubble, but no head inside…only a tail. She seemed to be having a hard time, and really scared me when she laid down and started flailing her legs out in thrusts. I decided that it was time for me to help her.  

 Two Goat Kids

I grabbed the rubber gloves from our birthing kit that we keep close at hand during this time of the year, sanitized my hands and lubed up. I broke the bubble, which seemed to give her some relief and she gave a good push and the kid’s bottom came out a bit. But Esther gave a great holler and I was really worried. So I reached inside and found a leg. I gently pulled the leg out and at the same time Esther gave another push and the baby delivered one leg forward and one leg back. I removed the mucus from around the nose and mouth and pulled the baby around under mom’s nose so she could meet her new little one.   

Mary Murray
4/18/2013 11:57:57 AM

Beautiful photos and what a tale to tell! I'm ready for goats myself...I look forward to learning from your posts. Thanks so much for sharing them! -Mary, Windy Meadows Farm

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