Uh oh...this one's STUCK! (Fern's labor & delivery -- miniature goat birth) (2023)


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Okay, birth number two fern is gonna have her babies today.

I'm excited, hi willow.

Just chilling she's licking.

A lot she's acting pretty agitated.

I know, but she hasn't started pushing yet and that's, what we're waiting for now I'm really excited to watch fern deliver.

Because if you remember last year, she delivered in the middle of the night like a week before her due date.

So I didn't really get to see her deliver.

And she was the one I was most excited about because she has a very wide stance.

But what we really call it in the goat world is having a wide escutcheon.

And having that wide rump that wide escutcheon means she should have easier deliveries.

Hopefully, as long as the positioning is good, she should be able to just pop him right out so we're gonna watch and see what happens.

I wanted to document her next time.

See how big she is now she's, definitely bigger than she was when she had twins.

So we're, hoping that she has three in there we'll see, they always squeeze themselves into that little spot.

Okay, she's laboring, pretty hard.

Now, contractions are about a minute to a minute and a half so very close together, um she's licking, but not quite pushing yet.

So let me just wait.

I love how after contraction stops, they look and they're like is it? There has the baby come yet.

They start looking themselves thinking.

Okay, it's gotta be here.

Soon all right.

We've got our first, push doing so good.

Fern, yes, you're doing good.

Okay, guys, it's the next day.

And I have to now explain what happened because it got really crazy really fast.

So there's a point during labor where they reach a peak.

They do a lot of light pushing and fern was doing that for a while, but then things get really intense, and they push pretty frequently and that's how you know a baby is coming down the canal.

Well, she was doing that and nothing was coming down.

So at that point, I could tell something was wrong, and it was likely that there was a baby stuck in a bad position, which is not what you want.

So just to be safe.

I called the vet, and I had the vet on his way over he was about an hour away.

Usually when they start hard pushing, you have about 30 minutes, 45 minutes before you want to see a baby.

And so when 45 minutes passed, I decided to call the vet get him on the way.

And then I would start to work on it myself and see what I could accomplish myself.

So I gloved up and lubed up and checked her.

And yep, there was a full breech baby.

And it was almost like the hawks or like, right, right where the back, I guess you would call it a knee is was stuck.

And so I had to get those legs out first before that baby was gonna come out.

So excuse my non-gloved hand here, I could not feel anything with the glove on.

It was so much harder.

So I just disinfected my hand with alcohol and went in, and I could feel things so much better.

So I know it's not exactly sanitary, but I had to do it that way I could feel between her leg and her rump and everything that was all smushed in there.

So I was able to get one leg out.

And then I could get it down.

The canal, a little bit get that second leg down a little bit.

And then right before it came out.

I was able to get that second leg out.

So yeah, he's coming in he's coming in breach and he's only got one foot.


So I've got to get this other one.

Okay, tell me if you want me to grab anything for you you're just trying to me, where is that other hook? Push, oh, it's.

A little girl.

Oh, my goodness, good job.

That was a hard first one.


So it was a bit of a crazy delivery.

I was totally excited about fern, just shooting them out, no problem.

But when a baby is full breach, especially with that hawk kind of locking up against her pelvic bone, it's, almost impossible for them to come out on their own.

So, um, we got the first one out, good job, that's a cute little baby.

It is you did a good job? Is it a challenge? Yeah, it looks like it.

Oh my gosh.

It is a chamois.


So burn, you worked so hard.

I feel so bad and it's a doling.

So we're really excited about that.

Now I knew she had more because when we did the ultrasound, it looked like she had three to four in there, but she was acting normal.

Now she wasn't acting like she was in distress.

She wasn't, digging she wasn't pushing.

She was just licking her baby like a normal mama would.

But I knew she had to have more in there.

So I went in and I felt and she had a baby right there in the canal, but she wasn't pushing it was like she just didn't want to push anymore.

I've never had that happen before it could have been that.

The first birth was so traumatic that she just was not interested in pushing anymore.

So when I chatted with the vet on the phone, he said, you know, what when you pull the first one sometimes it's best to just pull the rest of them, because the mama has gone through so much trauma and stress of trying to push that first one out before you intervened that it's best to just get the others out as quick as possible.

So I went in again, and this baby was perfectly positioned.

There was plenty of room.

And she just she just didn't really want to push.

I don't know why? Oh it's a it's, a winston that's.

So fat, baby, oh my gosh.

I bet this one's a boy, yeah, because he's big, he's, huge.

The second one was a buckling.

So she had a doling and a buckling.

And I was sure that she was gonna have more.

She looked big, right? Like she looked big.

But uh, she is a bigger doe to begin with and uh.

She just she was not pushing anymore.

So I had to go in with a gloved hand again and feel to see if I could feel anything else inside of her.

And there was nothing she's done.

She was done.

So we have two little babies from fern again, her first year she had two and her second year.

She had two.

I really thought she was gonna have three this time, but I'm just happy that they are healthy, and that we are done with that kidding and I'm glad that we got a doling out of it.

So I guess I'm kind of bummed that I couldn't show you guys what a really wide rump and escutcheon can do during a delivery.

Because normally those are the kind of does that can just have babies no problem, and she did do it herself her first year, but that first baby was so locked up in there that she probably wasn't likely to get it out on her own.

So we had to intervene, but fern did amazing she's.

An amazing doe she's, a great mama I'm excited to see her take care of them and excited to raise them up and see how they do.

Okay, we've got fern and her two babies in here and tatum and her one baby in here and hazel and her big baby.

We just put them in here for fun.

But normally they get to be in the whole area.

Okay, we'll.

Let you out come be in the whole big area, it's afternoon, nap time.

I know, lydia.

Look how cute she is is she adorable or what oh you're so sweet, oh, my goodness he's, just sleeping over here, too.

I think we have to pick him up lydia.

Oh, my goodness, you are a hungry.

Boy is he your favorite? I don't know, I like the girl better, I know we've been wanting dolings for so long.

So he is so hungry.

You know, what's.

So funny is that I really thought that was a doling.

If you just look at its face, you're, just like, oh, it's a little darling, but nope it's a buckling.

So I don't think either of them are pulled they might be like, you can barely see the swirls.

Maybe the skin does move a little bit.

Maybe maybe we'll have to see I'm kind of kind of iffy on them.

I think that you might well, I don't think that either of them are pulled, and they both don't have blue eyes, but we got a doling and that's what I'm excited about because we want to raise up dolings and see how zoro's daughters do so hopefully she's a good one.

He looks like a mixture of wall-e and winston.


He does.

He has those same sort of colors.

And I don't know, I don't know if she's like a real champion or not, I have to look it up, because she does have this black underbelly.

So maybe or maybe just a little mix of colors.

We don't know, we don't know are going pee-pee on my shoe.

She has really high shoulders, though, she's just kind of crouched down is he peeing on you? You are so cute.

This is tatum's little boy, okay, guys.

I think because this one does not have any fangs.

I think that this one should be named one of the werewolves from twilight like quill or seth.

So then that way we'll have like a vampire name and a werewolf name, I guess we're going to go twilight this year.

So I'll put a poll up of the names for tatum's little boy down below and I'll also throw in some names for fern's babies here.

And then hopefully by next time, you guys have voted on your favorites, all right guys.

Thanks for joining us.

If you want to go vote in the poll, you can do that in the link in the description below or you can go ahead.

And watch the video of when little fern was born like three years ago, click, right here.


How long does it take for a miniature goat to give birth? ›

Gestation length in goats is 145–155 days (average 150 days) and can be affected by breed, litter weight, environment, and parity.

How long does Nigerian dwarf goat labor last? ›

You may also see their hips appear to relax somewhat at the start of labor. There are three basic stages of labor: start of labor, birth process, and cleaning out. The whole process should be completed within 12 to 14 hours. Once the water sack is presented the doe should deliver a kid within 1 hour.

Why did my goat died after giving birth? ›

Toxemia and Ketosis occurring in the last days of pregnancy can cause death if not corrected quickly. Hypocalcemia, (milk fever), mastitis, congested udder, and a prolapsed uterus are a few other conditions that can derail an otherwise normal goat pregnancy. The best guidance I can offer you is to be ready to act.

How do you know if a goat is having trouble giving birth? ›

Signs of Goat Dystocia

Signs your doe is experiencing difficulties with the birthing process include: The first stage of the birthing process lasts more than eight hours. Pushing and straining for more than 30 minutes with no progress.

When should you intervene in goat labor? ›

Because of the relatively short delivery time, there are not reference times for rate of progress. A good rule of thumb is to give the doe/ewe 15 minutes after she is observed in stage 2 labor. If birth, or at least significant progress, has not occurred, then intervention is warranted.

What to do when goat gives birth? ›

Steps to care for new baby goats
  1. Trim the umbilical cord. Trim the baby goat's umbilical cord with a pair of disinfected scissors. ...
  2. Make sure the newborn goat starts to nurse. ...
  3. Take the weight of the baby goat. ...
  4. Put an ID on the goat kid. ...
  5. Record important information. ...
  6. Move the doe and kids into a kidding pen.
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What to do when baby goats are born? ›

Remove any material from around the mouth and nose, clean and dry newborn with clean towel or rag. A piece of straw gently inserted up the nasal passage will stimulate breathing in a weak newborn. Keep newborns warm and dry. Provide clean, dry, and soft bedding.

How many babies do Nigerian dwarf goats usually have? ›

The gestation period is between 145 to 153 days and does usually have between three or four kids at a time. However, it's not uncommon for this number to be five or more. Nigerian Dwarf goats generally have easy births with few problems and kids are born at an average of around two pounds.

What do you feed a mother goat after giving birth? ›

Well-prepared goat farmers typically keep a supply of colostrum frozen to thaw and warm for such instances. Artificial colostrum for goats is also available commercially. Newborn goats need colostrum as their first food within eight hours after birth. The sooner they consume colostrum, the better.

Do goats chew cud while in labor? ›

At this point, she will likely not want to eat a lot and will dig a nest in the straw as labor progresses. Many goats will spend the first stage chewing their cud, and while some have no interest in food, others particularly enjoy eating straw, fir branches, or other woody roughage.

Do goats cry when giving birth? ›

Within a day or so of kidding, some does start bleating in a voice that only a mama doe uses to communicate with her kids. When labor starts, many does let out a loud bawl with each contraction. As contractions get close together, the doe usually grunts as she pushes.

Why are goats sick after giving birth? ›

Consequently, when she starts lactating, and she needs to deliver calcium to the mammary glands for milk production, her blood calcium levels may fall to a dangerous level, resulting in what is known as milk fever.

What problems do goats have after kidding? ›

Shortly after kidding, the doe may have systemic signs such as fever, depression, refusal to eat, and a foul-smelling vaginal discharge. Does with metritis need to be treated quickly, as life-threatening toxemia or septicemia can occur.

What are the early signs of pregnancy toxemia in goats? ›

Early symptoms of pregnancy toxemia and ketosis in goats include apathy, poor appetite, a decrease in milk production (if the goat is milking), a rough hair coat and disorientation. Work with your veterinarian if symptoms arise to administer glucose and electrolytes.

What is pregnancy toxemia in goats? ›

Pregnancy toxemia in sheep and goats is also known as pregnancy disease, lambing sickness and twin-lamb/kid disease. The principal cause of pregnancy toxemia is low blood sugar (glucose). Onset of the disease is often triggered by one of several types of stress including nutritional or inclement weather.

Should goats be separated to give birth? ›

While you want to provide an area that's comfortable for your doe, you also have to provide a safe place for kids to reside with their mother. If you keep only a couple of goats that have a special bond, as goat pairs often do, then you may not need to separate your doe from the herd.

What does it look like when a goat is in labor? ›

As kidding time nears, it will become more loose and relaxed looking. For most of the pregnancy, your goat will look like she is carrying her babies up high in her abdomen. However, right before birth, they kids will drop and the top of her sides will appear “hollowed out” instead of full like before.

How long does the first stage of labor last in goats? ›

The water bag pushes out of the birth canal. Stage 1 with visible signs should last two to three hours. If you see no straining and pushing toward the end of that time period, you may need to do an internal exam.

How long can a baby goat go without nursing? ›

“Baby goats should begin to nurse naturally within hours of birth,” says Olson. “If they do not nurse within 4 hours or receive an adequate amount of colostrum, you'll need to step in by feeding a colostrum replacer.” “Failure to receive maternal colostrum is an emergency.

How do you get a baby goat to nurse on its mother? ›

Hold the Prichard teat in the kid's mouth, gently moving it in and out of the mouth to simulate nursing and squeezing gently to stimulate the kid's interest in the taste of the milk. Once the kid learns that the teat delivers milk, it should begin to suck if it is physically strong enough.

Do you have to cut the umbilical cord on goats? ›

Smaller breeds of goats will naturally need slightly shorter cords to keep them clean. If the cord has already broken but is long enough to drag on the ground, you will need to cut it shorter. Even though it can naturally break close to the kid's body and be fine, it is ideal to give at least two inches of cord.

Can you pick up a newborn goat? ›

Holding a baby goat is simple, but you want to make sure that their legs are dangling so that they cannot use your body as a springboard to jump off of you! Hold them tight so they feel secure. They will know that you will not drop them, and will they will not fall from your arms, and they will then relax.

Where should baby goats sleep? ›

Baby goats need a draft-free, warm, and dry shelter with clean bedding. They also prefer a three-sided barn in warmer weather so they can have enough ventilation. Each goat needs roughly 10 square feet of space in the shelter. 8 You can cover the dirt with hay or wood shavings for bedding.

Can I touch goats when pregnant? ›

In order to protect their own health and that of their unborn child, women who are, or who may be, pregnant should be advised to avoid close contact with livestock animals. This is because infectious organisms may be present in birth fluids of animals, particularly sheep, cattle and goats.

How often do you deworm Nigerian dwarf goats? ›

Baby goats should be dewormed first at four to six weeks of age. Then, they should be dewormed every four weeks until they turn sixteen weeks old. After that, it is okay to only deworm them once every month to a month and a half.

Can goats get pregnant by two different males? ›

The buck's sperm has a lifespan of only 12 hours, so being bred by multiple bucks is quite possible. This is called superfecundation. While not impossible, there are several factors that must come into play for superfetation to happen in a goat.

How long does it take for a Nigerian dwarf goat to give birth? ›

A typical gestation period in most Nigerian Dwarf Goats is 145 days and up to 150 days. Do not panic if the time even reaches 157, but much longer than that it is advisable to have a vet check for any complications. During the early months, management does not need to change at all.

Should baby goats be separated from the herd? ›

I like to separate new mothers and their young from the rest of the herd for at least 24 hours. That way the mother doesn't feel the need to stand over her newborns protecting them from the herd, and she has plenty of time to eat in peace.

How do you know if a goat has passed a placenta? ›

The doe may also continue to contract as if she is delivering another kid. Once expelled, the normal placenta resembles a jellyfish in consistency, a mass with button-like attachments called cotyledons. If the placenta is not fully expelled within 12-18 hours, it is considered retained and may require intervention.

Should I milk my goat before she gives birth? ›

You can milk a pregnant doe until 2 months before delivery. They naturally start to dry up at this exact same time anyway, but it's important to encourage it to happen. To dry up a goat, you simply milk less. You can go from every other day, to every few days, and by then you won't want to drink the milk.

Why do goats eat placenta after birth? ›

The practice of eating placenta, or “placentophagy,” is common in the animal kingdom. It is believed that most non-human mammals with a placenta consume their “afterbirth” — as the placenta is otherwise known — as a way of eradicating the scent of their newborn and protecting them against predators.

Do goats walk after birth? ›

#1 Baby Goats Can Stand Within Few Minutes After Birth

If the kid is born healthy, it starts walking within minutes of its birth because it is already fully developed. Goat kids are very active. They quickly learn how to run, and within a year, they start playing, jumping, and running efficiently.

How do you know when a goat is in pain? ›

Goats are more likely than cattle to vocalize in response to pain. They may also grind their teeth, have rapid and shallow breathing, change posture frequently, and appear agitated (stamping their feet).

How do baby goats come out? ›

If you look in the bubble you usually see a nose and one or two little hooves. In a normal birth presentation, the goat is positioned head first, with its hooves outstretched. After the bubble appears, the doe will continue to push the kid out, sometimes stopping to gather her strength.

How do you get a goat to come? ›

Shaking some grain in a tin can, clapping your hands, or a slapping a feed bucket is also a way to call your goats. Make a special noise that your goat only hears when they come to you. Over time, the goat will recognize the noise and will come running.

How do you get a baby goat to come to you? ›

In the beginning, they may not show any interest. Just keep offering and the trust will come. Spend 15 minutes interacting with petting and bringing them into your space. For an adult goat, put treats in a bucket or bowl and each day move closer to the treats to try to pet and give loves.

Can you put a goat on a tie out? ›

Chain tethers should be used as they provide greater security; rope and other tethers may fray, break and tangle. Animals such as horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, cattle and farm dogs should never be tethered in conditions where they are vulnerable to extreme heat, severe cold, driving rain or predators.

Do goats give birth standing up or lying down? ›

Some goats will give birth lying down, while others prefer to stand. Some will even walk around and eat as the kid is coming out. When birth starts, the goat might rock a bit and push.

Can you touch a newborn goat? ›

Holding a baby goat is simple, but you want to make sure that their legs are dangling so that they cannot use your body as a springboard to jump off of you! Hold them tight so they feel secure. They will know that you will not drop them, and will they will not fall from your arms, and they will then relax.

When a goat gives birth what comes out first? ›

The water sac will appear first as the kid enters the birth canal. The water sac will then rupture and the front feet and head should appear. Then the kid is delivered. This stage should take less than one hour for mature does, but can take up to four hours for doe kids.

How do goats show affection to humans? ›

Goats will show affection for people by approaching them calmly, leaning on them, and by showing positive peaceful eye and body contact.

Can goats learn their names? ›

Goats can be taught their name and to come when called. They are very picky eaters. They have very sensitive lips, which they use to “mouth” things in search of clean and tasty food. They will often refuse to eat hay that has been walked on or lying around loose for a day.

What to do when a goat gives birth? ›

Steps to care for new baby goats
  1. Trim the umbilical cord. Trim the baby goat's umbilical cord with a pair of disinfected scissors. ...
  2. Make sure the newborn goat starts to nurse. ...
  3. Take the weight of the baby goat. ...
  4. Put an ID on the goat kid. ...
  5. Record important information. ...
  6. Move the doe and kids into a kidding pen.
Apr 11, 2023

How many legs do you tie in goat tying? ›

3 Legs must be crossed and tied, to qualify as a legal tie. Once contestant signals his/her tie is complete, contestant may not again touch the tie or goat. If the contestant does, it will result in a no-time.

What legs do you tie in goat tying? ›

First, the placement of the string is important, the string goes in the tiers mouth and then you will put the rest of the string through the back loop of jeans. Next, grab the top front leg, and the back two legs of the goat and bring them together to tie him.

What is the best tie out for goats? ›

The “Orange Screw” is the perfect solution if you need to tether down a goat in the field or in your back yard. It's tough and durable and with the orange coloring it's easy to locate. It's easy to screw in and easy to get out, especially with the included tube that also protects the threads.

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