Kidding Season began with a tragedy, too early : LUSENET : Dairygoats : One Thread


Just wanted to share: I have been so worried about kidding season this year since we had such a hard year last year. Well, kidding season 2002 kicked off today with our top doe kidding, she was huge, like a barrel, but I never suspected anything. An older doe, about 7 yrs old. She kidded 3 weeks too early, had triplets, 2 does and a buck, all dead. She is fine, but now I am dreading the rest of kidding season. She was our hope to improve our lines.

I only hope and pray that you all will have a wonderful and tragewdy free kidding season. Seems that even your best laid plans and careful observations, fussing, etc still don't insure all will go well.

-- Bernice (, January 15, 2002


Bernice I am so sorry for your loss.

-- sherry (, January 15, 2002.

I'm sorry Bernice. Are you able to determine what happened?

-- Charleen in WNY (, January 15, 2002.

Gosh...I'm so sorry Bernice... what do you suppose caused the premature labor? Geez that's too bad! And always to the best does...why is that?! :(( Patty Prairie Oak Miniatures

-- Patty Putnam (, January 15, 2002.

How sad. So sorry this happened.

-- mary (, January 15, 2002.

Thanks everyone. I am not sure yet. I haven't had a chance to sit down and figure it out. Sure shocked me.

-- Bernice (, January 15, 2002.

I am sorry Brnice. I hope the rest of kidding season goes perfect for you. George

-- george (, January 15, 2002.

{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}} -I'm sorry. I hope all of your other kiddings are joyful.

-- Doreen (, January 16, 2002.

Sure am sorry for your loss of the kids. Hope that the mom is fine.

-- shari (, January 16, 2002.

Sorry Bernice, its always does seem to be the very best! I would at least alert my vet, perhaps a phone call or a visit to the office. Get their mind in gear in case this becomes a problem. Perhaps even getting some auromycin on hand, and reading up on chlymidia, toxo, etc. of course only when you have time :) I know how buzy you already are! Hope it was just a case of them mean ole Alpines! Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (, January 16, 2002.

Sorry Bernice, it must be hard to face, I am going into my first kidding season and scared to death. Sorry that you lost your baby goats you had so hoped for...

-- Barbara (, January 16, 2002.

I've never read about more problems with loss of goats than this year. This makes me (and a lot of us, I'm sure!) very uneasy. Of course, just like in humans, there are going to be miscarriages, stillborns and loss of offspring. It's survival of the fittest and nature's way of controlling populations. Still, I am so sorry to hear about this. What a blow to you and all of us who love our animals. I'm praying you've gone through the worst and future deliveries will be without incident.

-- Lynn (, January 16, 2002.

Oh Bernice, I am so sorry. Yes, hopefully the worst is over and the rest of your kidding season will be uneventful.......great big hugs from North Idaho.

-- Jan Nordberg (, January 16, 2002.

Bernice. So sorry- hope things are better for the next one! Thanks for the thoughts for the rest of us during a hard time for you. You advice and wisdom has been much appreciated.

-- Trisha-MN (, January 16, 2002.

Bernice, I'm sorry this happened to you. I hope the rest of your kidding season will be much better and that you get plenty of lovely doe kids.

-- Rebekah (, January 16, 2002.

Gee, Bernice, I'm really sorry to hear that. I've been really uneasy about this year's kidding season, myself. What with all the trouble we had during breeding. We think that the one that we really wanted bred possibly aborted while she was sick over the holidays. I didn't want the oldest doe,Sweetie, the one that had the difficult delivery last yr. resulting in dead triplets, to breed this season. And she is getting as big as the barn. We leased a buck last yr. that turned out to be the jumping king of the east coast and I was afraid that something like this would be the result of his visit. I'll be praying that the rest of your kidding season (and mine!) will be blissfully uneventful.

-- Judy Corwin VA Nubians (, January 17, 2002.

So very sorry Bernice. I know it's such a disappointment to lose something you've been hoping for like that. Here's hoping this is the only such occurencethis year.Good luck.

-- VickiP. (, January 17, 2002.

Heres an update: The doe is doing great, she was a little down yesterday but today she is her usual self. She is eating and drinking well and although yesterday she had about a qt of milk today she had less, but then after her stress I am not going to sweat that.

Thanks to everyone for the kind words, they really helped me through this rough time. I feel a little better about kidding season, but I still keep thinking...... but got to get rid of negative thoughts!

-- Bernice (, January 17, 2002.

Wow Bernice, been at the daugher's watching after the grandchildren because my daughter is trying to have her baby way too early. Sorry to hear of your loss. Like Vicki said, I would consider a culture of this doe for clamydia, just to be sure. It is contageous, treatable, and a huge cause of premature births. Hope the rest of your season goes better. hugs, diane

-- diane (, January 18, 2002.

Bernice, I'm so sorry for your losses. Were you present at the births? This is so tragic. I guess premies in goats are a difficult thing, aren't they. Too bad veterinary medicine isn't as advanced as human medicine in that regard. My granddaughter, Tabby, was born 12 weeks early. She weighed 2 lbs., and went down to 1 lb. 11 oz. Her little head was about the size of a medium apple. She is now 11 years old, and a beautiful, well adjusted child. She has a bit of problems with math, and she doesn't sequence very well, which they attribute to her being a premie, but, thank God, she's healthy. She was a little fighter. God Bless, and take care,

Gerry :<)

-- Gerry (, January 26, 2002.

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