May 4th, 2012

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we had to put Mocha down. Got out at 7; she was in hard labor with little to no progress. I checked - couldn't find the head AT ALL. It took SG 20 minutes to decide that maybe another trip to the vet was in order - not blaming him AT ALL, there's no telling how long she'd been in labor - so we loaded her up in the bed and off we went.

Baby was stuck but good - she (yes, it's a doeling) was looking *down* behind the cervix. It took a chain and a LOT of pulling to get her out. Vet said she wouldn't make it, dropped her on the concrete, and went back in to see if there were any more. (Nope).

Went back to look at baby, who was breathing, and Mocha started gushing bright red blood. Basically, sometime this AM she ruptured her uterus and her intestines made it in.

So...we did the humane thing. Vet said baby didn't have a great chance, BUT she was breathing, which he was surprised at, AND she started crying - so, she had a chance. While he pulled the shot, I milked out as much colostrum as I could, then SG started drying baby off.

She's got a dent in her head - vet said she might be brain-damaged. We asked "How can we tell?" because...well, if you have goats you'll understand. :small grin: He said give her 24 hours - IF she makes it that long, she'll be fine. She's got a cut on her throat from the chain, and she's weak - but she's breathing, and her heartbeat feels strong.

I have a baby to wear for the next 24 hours....and I have to tell J. about Mocha. :sob: Not gonna be easy.....for any of us. BUT - we have a doeling, at the moment, and I hope she makes it. Herself has dubbed her "Chell", from if she makes it, Chell she is.

Hope your day goes better than mine......I probably won't post again, since I have to do my best to get this baby to survive.

Shabbat Shalom, too.....and, guys? Prayers would be appreciated, even if it IS just a goat. It.....yeah.

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Quick Update

Baby girl is doing OK. Still kinda floppy, but she's managed to stand up in my arms, and she's taken about 8 oz of colostrum. We ran her back up to the vet for a shot to prevent pnemonia, just as a precaution.

J. went online to try and "prove" my using Lute is what caused this. :sigh: It's NOT - I went back to DGI last night and re-read all the posts about it to ease my mind. Lute is the same hormone the body releases when labor starts - all I did by giving 2cc's was give them a loading dose. (And I trust DGI - the folks there have been doing this for YEARS, and have vet recommendations to back them up.'s not some fly-by-night internet group, like most are.)

She also tried to convince me that maybe both kids were premature, and *that's* why we had problems. No, again - first off, the vet would have said if either was preemie, and...they wouldn't have been so BIG. Annie's girl is the SAME size (but not weight) as the 2 week olds. If she'd been early.....she'd be smaller. Mocha's girl is about the same size as Annie's - and both have *wide* foreheads (which is what got stuck.) And J. finally remembered that Annie and Mocha were small for Nubians......which was probably a contributing factor (Annie is the size of a young yearling, and she's...4? 5? This was both of their 2nd Freshening.)

I'm not upset with her - she's trying to figure this out just like I am. I think I need to copper my girls - lack of copper can cause labor problems - and next year be sure to Bo-Se everybody the month before breeding. I didn't do that last year......but I will for sure from now on.

Chell will be with us tomorrow at the Games, instead of my spinning wheel. I can't handle both - and if I bring the wheel I "have" to dress...and I don't want to mess up my garb with baby poo. (It's a fact of life with babies, right? You WILL get poo'd/pee'd/spit up on.) Since the Games have moved a month sooner, I figure it'll be pretty dead (because I haven't seen any advertising for it this year. Usually, it's all OVER the place.) - good for me, not so much for the Games. Oh, well.....

Shabbat Shalom!

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