2019 Not Going Well For Goaties
Sheeeeeee!! I want to start this year over. Bucks that escaped into our nannies earlier this year rather than properly introduced has resulted in babies dropping everywhere in the wettest winter we have had in a long time and 2 born in 20 degree nights. Mayhem! Heartbreak! Our lead.doe we.found partially laying on one. Don't know if.that is what caused "Lucky" (to-be-alive) to be too spastic to stand or not. Of course couldn't nurse so into a tub in our tiny house it went with the thrill of 2 am and 6 am feedings not to mention all the every 2-3 hour feedings during the day. Next day, another zinger temperature-wise I noticed another newborn hunched up by mama. My bad, something in back of.brain was.trying to tell me it.was in trouble. But I ignored it until next morning, found it standing in barn alone, not next to Mom, even more hunched and very very cold. I could hold it in my lap and it would actually draw the heat out of my legs making my legs.feel like ice. Brought it in, held by heater and put it in with Lucky. Fed it small amounts colostrum every two hours. Seemed to be getting better until the.w.and.6 am feedings. Downhill. Could not feed or.get him to swallow. Morning rushed to feed store.to get selenium-vit. E gel plus another feed store.recommended. All feedings from this point on were.very difficult and poor swallow response, kid weaker and.weaker. it died that afternoon. I hit the internet trying to find out what I did wrong. Best conclusion I can make is that I killed it feeding it the colostrum before it worked completely thru the hypothermia tho I don't see how it could have made it any longer with no nutrition. I don't believe it ever nursed on Mom. Found.article.that said hypothermia can affect the digestive system and that the colostrum can become toxic in such a stomach. Heartbreak! I really worked hard to save that little.thing and.now I know.I did.the very wrong thing. Today when Hubby opened the barn to let them out he came.back and said it looked.like its mom was paralyzed in hips, dragging back legs. 

Well, my bad again, I had noticed yesterday she looked like she had dropped more weight than a freshener mother should in one.day. Hubby was thinking he would have to shoot her, that she had broken her spine or hips. I thought it was too much coincidence, her of all does after producing.a sick baby. Thought maybe infection connected to pregnancy. All I had on hand was.1 cc bactricillin and just to be sure it wasn't worm-related.also gave her.4 cc Curtin. I felt I had to do something immediately. Now for a more.conclusive.answer, back to the internet. Decided it.was hypocalcemia as one symptom seemed to be weak or dragging back legs, often accompanying kidding.  Recommendation, CMPK. SO Another trip to feed store.for.that and a drench gun which I have yet to find one worth the price. Required 30 cc.2x a.day tho said if.condition was.too advanced, would do no good as it would not reach the bloodstream fast enough. Well, we rushed back and now.her back end was working better but she was mobilizing by her backend up in the air, using her hips but she was walking on her knees. Jury still out but I think that bactricillin shot helped.and may have saved.the day. We went ahead.and.drenched her with the CMPK when that stupid expensive drench gun fell apart and.for.the life.of us, we.cannot find.the spout in the straw.and.sawdust, so it's back to the syringes that we have always used before.  We will see when we go out in an hour if anymore improvement. 

I swear, if we have one more.goat.incident.this year, I am going to scream and pull all my hair out until I look like Yule.Brenner!

Two points to share, if you have a hypothermia baby don't feed it colostrum without doing research ahead of time on how to treat the hypothermia first and besides the thought that every sudden illness.connected with kidding is pregnancy toxemia and.pretty hopeless, know signs of hypocalcemia which is treatable. Well, we.hope! I believe everything I read and.I am a hopeless and sometimes foolish optimist.

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2019 Not Going Well For Goaties - by blackie's maiden - 01-23-2019, 01:52 PM
RE: 2019 Not Going Well For Goaties - by Nanno - 01-23-2019, 05:48 PM
RE: 2019 Not Going Well For Goaties - by Nanno - 01-28-2019, 02:45 PM
RE: 2019 Not Going Well For Goaties - by Nanno - 01-29-2019, 07:54 AM
RE: 2019 Not Going Well For Goaties - by Nanno - 01-29-2019, 09:13 PM
RE: 2019 Not Going Well For Goaties - by Nanno - 01-30-2019, 07:38 AM
RE: 2019 Not Going Well For Goaties - by Nanno - 01-30-2019, 06:28 PM

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