Unexpected kid just arrived. Need help!

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  1. Joey Wahoo

    Joey Wahoo Well-Known Member

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    We just bought a couple of Boer does, and were told they were due in April or May, leaving us plenty of time to prepare.

    We were caught by complete surprise this morning when discovered that one had given birth. She only had one kid, but we have two immediate questions:

    1. How soon after being born should the kid be able to stand? This one was born at least 7 hours ago and still can't support his weight.

    2. Should the mother be allowed to eat the afterbirth?

    Thanks yall!
     
  2. Joey Wahoo

    Joey Wahoo Well-Known Member

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    By the way, he weights exactly seven pounds. How is that?
     

  3. moosemaniac

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    1. Sounds too long to me. Make sure the kid has nursed.

    2. Yuck, I wouldn't do it! But it certainly won't hurt her.

    If that baby isn't up after you make sure it's nursed, call a vet. (I'm no expert.)

    Ruth
     
  4. moosemaniac

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    Seven pounds is good. I recently managed to save one that started out at 2 pounds.

    Ruth
     
  5. Sweet Goats

    Sweet Goats Cashmere goats

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    First of all. Congratulations on the baby.
    Yes I let the mom eat the afterbirth. It is good for them. Sometimes they don't eat it all, so then I take it away. The after birth helps the milk come in and it has lots of vits and minerals the doe needs. Now not all people let their doe eat it, some take it away. It is totally up to you. If you take it away make sure you dispose of it.
    I have some babies that stand with in minutes and I have had some take several hours.
    Have you given the baby Nutra Drench? That is good for then and it gives them a bust of energy. How about the mom? Did you give her Molasses water? She needs that also. Also don't for get to use the iodine on the navel of the baby. Do you have a doe or a buck?
     
  6. Sweet Goats

    Sweet Goats Cashmere goats

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    Way to go Ruth. :dance:
     
  7. Joey Wahoo

    Joey Wahoo Well-Known Member

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    Its a buck. As luck would have it, I'm in my office 700 miles away. I've told my daughter to monitor this site and post any follow up questions.

    Thanks a ton for the advice!
     
  8. moosemaniac

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    Thanks. Moose is a small horse now, about 40 pounds. Born 9/17. I've got to get some pics posted of him.

    Ruth
     
  9. Sweet Goats

    Sweet Goats Cashmere goats

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    Do you know if he has nursed yet? That is way important.
     
  10. moosemaniac

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    Boy, you've got one heck of a daily commute!

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  11. DocM

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    I would milk mom and give the baby a bottle, make sure he's warmed up (in the house). I'd also give him a BoSE booster because if the previous owners didn't know the doe was pregnant, and you weren't expecting her to give birth for a few months, her nutritional needs may have been a little lax.
     
  12. Sweet Goats

    Sweet Goats Cashmere goats

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    Ruth, I do remember him. That is great that he made it, and doing so well.
     
  13. Joey Wahoo

    Joey Wahoo Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Ruth. Its a brutal commute, but I only do it twice a week. Weekends on the farm, weekdays in the office. ugg.

    How common is it to only have one kid? I was expecting two--four months from now.
     
  14. jill.costello

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    Make sure he's WARM, if he's not warm, he'll lose his suck reflex! get some milk on your fingers and pop one in his mouth to check on this.... to see if he's a "fighter" or not. I know with just one person, it's hard to milk the doe AND deal with keeping the baby warm all at the same time. Is the doe interested in him? is SHE urging him to suck? However you do it, he's got to get at least an ounce of colostrum in his belly, so he'll have the energy to help you help him! Keep working, where there's life there's hope!
     
  15. AllWolf

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    Sounds like the baby goat needs a shot of BO-SE to give me a boost alone with making sure he is getting the mother first milk or also known as Colsum sorry can't spell that one forgive me. Make sure he is good and warm also that is very important. I also agree with what Sweetgoats said.

    Good Luck on your new baby goat. :)
     
  16. AllWolf

    AllWolf We love all our animals

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    Very True jill.costello
     
  17. xEl_Dominox

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    The baby can stand on his own now and walk a few steps, though he is still shakey. Since he was unexpected I think he just got extremely chilled [it's snowing on and off here] from being exposed in the pasture and that is why he was so weak. We had him under a heating lamp with a hot pad for a few hours and it did the trick.

    This morning the mom was not producing any milk so we bought some colostrum from Southern States and he drank a bottle of that. Thankfully the mom now has milk flow and the boy has been nursing and he is getting stronger.

    Here are two pictures of the buckling:

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  18. the mama

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    He is smiling, looks proud to be the center of attention. Isn't that just like a guy?
     
  19. moosemaniac

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    Oh he's darling!

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  20. henfruit

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    hes a cutie good luck.