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Peepers kidding

Peepers kidding on 4/30, 2006




Smile for the camera.

Goat giving birth

Starting to "get serious".

White goo 
Goat giving birth

The "plug" is white and is the first "goo" you might see. A sign of things to come.

 Plug close up 
Goat giving birth

White mucus plug. It's is sticky.

Serious birth goo  
Goat giving birth

The white plug is out and next comes the amber goo of "we're gettin' serious."

Two feet.
Goat giving birth

Two feet- the kid is in the correct diving position. Note that pushing babies out takes a lot of work and pushing, and the doe may poop when she is pushing. That is just part of the realities of life.

And now the nose! 
Goat giving birth

You can see two feet and the nose. The pink thing is the tongue. We have found that the babies are always sticking their tongues out as they are being born.

Important note:
Goat giving birth

When the nose is this right on top of the feet like this, that means the elbows are back (see the Kidding Positions gallery pages for more details.)

Straightening the leg
Goat giving birth

Here I have pulled the leg straight. See how it is longer than the other leg. That is becasue it is no longer bent at the elbow. If the kid were larger, I would pull the other leg forward as well, but this kid is very small and the doe will be able to deliver easily with one leg straightened.

New baby delivered
Goat giving birth

Now is drying time.The kid is placed on a "wee-wee" pad, put in front of it's mother, and dried with Bounty paper towels.

Mother and daughter bonding
Goat giving birth

This is a tiny baby. She weighed 3 pounds. "Normal" birth weight for our LaMancha herd is 7 pounds.

And now there are two 
Goat giving birth

Wee-wee pads are great for kidding. They will be changed a few times until the kid is relatively dry.

Jeepers Creepers...
Goat giving birth


... he came out of Peepers.
Goat giving birth

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