When it comes to goat kidding, there’s no such thing as being too prepared.
And in the heat of the moment, nothing can quicken your heart faster than a mama in trouble. That why I like to have all the resources & tools I can in my birthing kit.
On average, goats can do very well on their own when it comes to labor & delivery — but every once in a while, you’ll get a doe that just seems to have the odds stacked against her. For this reason, I’ve complied a few of my favorite illustrations on how to assist when your mama goat seems to be in trouble.
The correct term for a baby in an incorrect birthing position is “dystocia”, and it can come in all shapes and forms. In the downloadable PDF below, you’ll see different illustrations of potential incorrect birthing positions, as well as how to correct them. Big shout out to Linda Carlson of Mythos Farm for drawing these! These are so helpful for us goat owners! I’ve also added some quick info about the stages of labor and what to expect time-wise.
(I printed the PDF, laminated it & now keep it in my birthing kit)
Also, another great resource is this video by OSU Extension on how to assist when your doe is experiencing dystocia.