Your goat just had baby goats, now what?
Well, after you get over the adorable shock of the adorableness of your adorable new baby goats, then you can begin to think about how to care for mama goat who most likely pushed out some multiple babies.
0-12 hours after birth:
MAMA GOAT: Your job is to make sure all the placentas were extracted. This can be hard to tell, especially if you weren’t there for the birth and your mama goat ate ’em up like a nice slimy dessert. After delivery, I like to give my doe a small amount of grain mixed with molasses and a bit of honey to give her a boost of energy. Also, it’s good to offer some fresh warm water as well.
BABY GOATS: Your job is to make sure your doe (mama goat) is being a good mother. All does are slightly different in their personalities, but basically you want to make sure your doe is doing the following:
- Licking her baby goats
- Is concerned for them when they cry and goes to their aid
- Stands still while they nurse.
Although baby goats stand within minutes of being born, they are pretty wobbly, and they need a good mama that is patient and stays still while they nurse. If your doe isn’t standing and letting the babies nurse, you’ll need to hold her still and “teach” her how to stand as her babies nurse.
Check the umbilical cord, trim it if needed and apply some betadine solution to the end of the umbilical cord.
24 hours after birth:
MAMA GOAT: It would be wise to take your doe’s temperature. A normal goat temperature is between 102 to 103 degrees F. Also, I’d recommend herbally de-worming your doe to help prevent a surge in worms while her immune system is down.
BABY GOATS: Make sure they are peeing & pooping. Their poop will look a lot like the baby meconium and will be thick and look like tar. Continue to watch and make sure your doe is bonding with the babies and that the babies are getting stronger and able to “fight” for a teat:)
48 hours after birth:
MAMA GOAT: Take your doe’s temperature again. Give her a 2nd dose of herbal de-wormer. Watch her back end for excessive bleeding and & healing. You can apply my animal healing salve to her back end (with a glove on of course). This should help give her relief and encourage healing.
BABY GOATS: Make sure each baby is growing strong and can eat from mama.
72 hours after birth:
MAMA GOAT: Take your doe’s temperature again. Give her a 3rd dose of herbal de-wormer. Apply my animal healing salve to her back end again. Give her the herbal supplement, Mo’ Milk Mix, to boost her milk production.
- Mo’ Milk Mix (where to buy) – this is a great herbal mix to help your doe’s milk come in fully. You don’t NEED this at all, your doe can produce milk just fine, but it does help give a natural ‘boost’ to her milk supply.
BABY GOATS: Feel the baby goats ‘buds’ and take note of their size so you can disbud them within a week if you choose.
96 hours after birth:
Congratulations! When you reach this point, your babies goats should be pros at nursing and your doe is a stellar mama. Keep in mind that all goats are slightly different. I’ve had some does be very attentive to their babies every cry, and some who kind of put off an “quit whining” attitude:) Either way is fine as long as they do still feed them and aren’t mean to them in any way.