Pulling a Kid, Part 1


Pulling a Kid, Part 1  

I've had some questions about pulling a kid. First off, if you have never seen it done, call a vet but if you want to, it really isn't hard when you know what way the kid is laying inside. Mom will be in labor so she will help as she will be pushing and you will be pulling.  I want a doe to try by herself though. For the most part, I go by gut feeling as to whether I should pull. If the water broke and I don’t see at least one foot within 15 minutes, I go in. Rings and watch off, hands washed and a tube of K-Y jell in hand to make it easier on the doe, and me to get my hand in there. About an inch inside, if I feel a very tiny hole that only a finger can get in, she has NOT dilated enough so STOP.  She needs time. No one can say how long that will be but if the water did break she should be dilated. (Normally, if she has not dilated, she won’t be pushing so the water will not break, but it can happen.) 

 MMR NA T Bird

This little doll is MilkMaidRanch NA T-Bird. Her dam is named Mercedes so I'll be naming her kids after cars. T-Bird and her twin sister, Getta, were an easy delivery for mom.

When I go in a doe, my eyes are closed so I have to rely on what I am feeling.  If I feel 2 hooves good, if I feel 1 hoof, it’s not that bad. Then I’ll want to feel for the knees or hocks. The knees mean the kid is in the correct position for a normal birth. If only 1 hoof is found, I will feel for the other being over the head. If so, all I do is, move it off the head; that will be either to the right or to the left. 

Normal position is both front hooves (pads of the hooves will be facing the ground), then the nose. Inside mom the legs can be bent at the knees. That will stop up the works. I can just use my pointer finger and get it behind the knee and slip the lower leg out. I will take one leg, above the hoof and gently pull it forward to bring the elbow out, giving the kid more room. Then repeat the other leg. You’d be surprised at the room it will give the head after the elbows are free. Within the next few pushes I should be able to see the nose. I DON’T clean the nose off till the head is really out. The kid will still be getting oxygen from the umbilical cord being attached. 

2/18/2013 5:40:52 PM

Hi Dave, really, more times than not, a doe will kid without a problem but it does happen when they need help. Knowing what to do comes in handy and in 18 years, I've only had to call a vet 2 times.

2/16/2013 3:46:00 AM

Milk Maid, wow, what a deal. How often do you have to help with goat birthing? We had to help with calving a couple times but most of the time they just came out naturally. Have a great kid season.

2/14/2013 4:25:22 PM

Oh Heather, I agree. Over the years there have been several vets tell me they only had 15 minutes of goats in college. Your neighbor would be fine if need be.

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