goats kids stillborn

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  1. horsescomefirst

    horsescomefirst Well-known Member

    my goat lost her twins this morning:(, has a MASSIVE udder, just wondering if she will dry up by herself or do i need to milk her for a few days to prevent mastitis??:confused:confused:
  2. nannygoat

    nannygoat Gold Member

    That is sad...but it does happen.

    There are a couple of trains of thought in how to deal with it.

    I personally would leave her and watch. If you feel you 'must' milk some out, just take a small amount to take the pressure off. Remember that by milking you are going to stimulate the udder into making more milk.

    If she has been on grain or pellets would remove them and only leave her with fibre. Do not get tempted to restrict water.

    I have never had a mastitis from this way. But others will deal with it differently.
  3. horsescomefirst

    horsescomefirst Well-known Member

    its her first babies, so wasnt sure how normal this was?
    she eats oats and lupins that the horses eat and hay and i was starting to feed her barley and corn too but thats taken off her. ill pull her out of paddock and leave her by herself, is hay only ok to feed?
    Im not sure what mastitis looks like in goats so will keep eye on her.
  4. Anna E

    Anna E Guest

    What NG said. Low quality fibre and water. It's restricting the protein intake that helps dry the milk up.
    Mastitis = hot, hard, lumpy udder, either one side or both. Goats are generally pretty good at leatting people know something hurts so you may see her stamping her feet on the affected side, bleating, and turning to look at her udder. But feeling it every day is your best guide.
  5. horsescomefirst

    horsescomefirst Well-known Member

    i know your in narrogin, do you any1 here that would have a baby i could get to stick on her??
  6. Go the Distance

    Go the Distance Well-known Member

    Do you know what caused them to be still born? AnnaE may be able to help out here I know that goats can get a disease simular to AIDS. Does this disease cause them to have still born kids? I know I had to have three sanaan milking does tested for it and could not breed with them because I had served with a 'borrowed' infected billy. Soon put an end to my goat breeding plans.

    Good luck with finding a baby to put on her.
  7. PPH

    PPH Guest

    Ever thought of milking her and using the milk. Just a thought. We had a goat for milk when I was a kid. Very healthy apparently :):)
  8. horsescomefirst

    horsescomefirst Well-known Member

    i have thought of that! i bought goat milk from the supermarket years ago and hated it but have tried goat milk ice-cream-its the best ice-cream i have ever tasted but not sure how to make that!!
    Poor girl is stil lying where they died and hasnt moved yet today, although i havnt been watching her ALL day!
    She is one of the sell-offs from Old McDonald Farm about 8 years ago, havnt heard about a goat aids. hmm, might get her tested:)
  9. Janet Winter

    Janet Winter Guest

    As Nanny has said we have had a couple of girls do the same I let them out so they can eat what I call bush herbs, they seem to work it out I find it is often caused by to much Protein and also can be caused by drinking contaminated water from memory Barbusse Poll (spelling) dams hold this type of worm which causes them to give birth to still born kids.

    You could also try and find orphan lambs goats take them on very easily.
  10. horsescomefirst

    horsescomefirst Well-known Member

    the goats are on scheme water just like the horses. maybe the lupins were too much protein for her?i never thought of a lamb, might go ring a coupleof farmers and see if they have 1-cheers for that!
  11. Janet Winter

    Janet Winter Guest

    Sorry just a thought has she let go of the after birth just check her just in case, if she had problems she may have retained it and infection will set in pretty quick.

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