Kidding – Part 3

Part 3 in the increasingly long “short” series of posts about kidding and lambing.

This part starts 10 days after Oreo had given birth to triplets, only one of which survived. Oreo has started to have discharge from her vulva. What came next was a flurry of Google searches trying to determine exactly how much discharge, if any, is considered normal, what it should look like and how long after the goat gives birth it should carry on for. Google wasn’t particularly helpful in that the answers to those questions were “some”, “dischargey” and “hand wavy period of time”. So back to gut instincts…

Goat alive and kicking. Definitely kicking and somewhat pissed off at being prodded and poked all the time. Discharge copious, not whiffy, pale pink and somewhat resembling a well chopped up uncooked gammon steak(!). We leave it overnight as it’s 8pm and doesn’t seem worthy of an afterhours vet call out.

Next morning, even more gammon steak. More pissed off goat, because we had to milk her too as the kid was only drinking from one side, leaving the other looking like a beach ball. We make the decision to give our vet a call during normal hours to ask what “normal” discharge is. He makes the decision that he’ll come out and look at her. A short number of hours later the vet’s out and poking at goat and discharge, noting that “it’s a lot”. Diagnosis is a retained placenta that’s now making its way out – 10 days after she delivered – and that it’ll continue for another day or so. Goat given ABs. We’re told to keep an eye on her.

That was a month ago now. Oreo’s still alive and kicking. And decidedly less grumpy now that her kid is drinking from BOTH sides of her udder so we don’t have to pin her down to milk her.

Next time… lambing.

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