Sad day for Ginger (and me)

Today has been a stark reminder that not all is happy in this adventure of these wonderful little goats.  Ginger is due to kid the first week of May, possibly mid-April, but should be May.  Yesterday, she had pink discharge, not a good sign.  This morning, she had made herself a little “nest” in the waste hay by the manger.  This afternoon, she had more discharge so I put her in the kidding stall so the others could not bother her and I could keep a close eye on her.

Late this afternoon, she delivered a tiny, lifeless buckling, 2 ounces.  This is the heartbreak that comes with having animals and is always difficult.  Before delivery, I talked to my goat person who asked her vet (for whom she works) about it – he told her the lungs are the last organs to fully develop and, this early, the baby would not be able to breath so didn’t have a chance.  It was a long labor for her so when the baby was born, his little life was already gone.  Of course, even though this is her first pregnancy, all the hormones are telling her she should have a baby to fuss over, and there is no baby.  A sweet little goat mom who isn’t getting to be a mom.

So now, all attention is on mom to be sure she will be okay.  The vet will be here late morning tomorrow to check Ginger and, hopefully, determine if she has any living babies left.  Tonight on one of the goat groups, two people had stories, one from her vet and the other about her own herd, where a doe miscarried a baby and still had full term babies.  So, though highly unlikely and very rare, it is possible so that is what I shall take with me tonight when I go to bed.

POST SCRIPT:  Vet was here; there appear to be no more babies.  He gave Ginger an estrumatic injection to bring on contractions to ensure all gets expelled and also to help contract her uterus.  She won’t have babies nursing to help that happen which is Nature’s way.  The baby was partially mummified meaning that it was dead for a while so this was a blessing that she birthed it.

She is in good overall condition though he said she could lose about ten pounds.  I have an animal scale to be delivered on Friday so the timing on that is good, and I can monitor weight better.  My goat that is in the best condition weight-wise always looks skinny to me so I have to adjust my perception of how a healthy doe should look.  He said to let her back out with the others to help her psychologically, that the sooner she is back to “normal” the better it is for her.  So she is out with her sisters now; they are all half-sisters either through mom or dad.  One, Dancer, is also her niece.  My head always starts spinning when I try to figure out how they are all related to each other.

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