Bleeding after birthing--how long? : LUSENET : Dairygoats : One Thread

Two of my does that kidded about two weeks ago are still getting messy bottoms. The discharge is a very brownish red, and quite sticky, thick-like. I don't think I am normally re-cleaning tails/bottoms this late in the game. Does this seem normal, or should I be having concerns? Thanks for your ideas.

-- mary (, January 19, 2002


Sounds normal to me. Mine are always "goopy" for about 3 weeks after they kid. If it really stinks bad then I would suspect a uterine infection. Jan Nordberg Coeur d'Alene Idaho. I have raised alpines for almost 13 years.

-- Jan Nordberg (, January 19, 2002.

I think it can vary quite a bit depending on the doe, the degree of difficulty in the birth she had, and whether or not she's being picked on and smashed broadside against the side of the barn. I had a doe birth last spring, that if the kid hadn't been there, I would not have known she'd just kidded. Others take two or three weeks. Sometimes a doe will have cleaned out and been dry for several days or more, and then she gets slammed into and starts bleeding again, poor thing!

-- Rebekah (, January 20, 2002.

This lady I know, who is a very good friend of Vicki's, feeds the following: beet pulp, diamond V yeast, kelp meal and a particular brand of minerals that is higher in copper than others. I took my kids to her last year to try to learn disbudding and while there she showed me a large Nubian doe who had freshened the week before and you would NEVER have guessed it. She was clean as a whistle. I was terribly impressed and I am going to make a trek to get these feeds to supplement my does with in the last 6 weeks or so of their pregnancy and see how it works.

I do agree that with the others, tho'. It seems to be the norm to have at least two weeks of discharge. Definitely monitor the smell;).

-- Doreen (, January 20, 2002.

One of my does bled for three weeks, so don't worry.

-- Lynn (, January 20, 2002.

Just like humans some will have the discharge for a week, other for three, we mostly notice ours when they jump up and down from the milkstand. There are also LaMancha's whom we have had who keep themselves spotless. Doreen is talking about my friend Becky, she also feeds her girls rasberry leaves before and during labor to help with the contractions. She does have very healthy stock, and boy do her Nubians milk! Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (, January 20, 2002.

Yes, the raspberry leaves really make a difference. Left to their own, my goats will eat them up out in the browse while they are pregnant. I never heard of it increasing the milk production, another plus!!!

-- diane (, January 21, 2002.

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