Post by goatingfamily on Jan 16, 2008 0:03:11 GMT -5
This is our first kidding season and we learning as we go, I might add with a lot of help from this wonderful site. Thanks to all for the great info.
Our 3rd doe to kid gave birth to triplets on Monday, 2 bucks 1 doe. All seem to be fine, however the kids have a yellowish pasty stool. The mother is not cleaning the kids and it is accumulating on the kids hind end and legs.
Our 1st doe kidded twins on Friday,1 buck 1 doe. 2nd doe kidded triplets on Saturday, 3 does however the first kid was breeched and died. All these kids have the black tar looking stool and the mothers appear to be cleaning them. All our does have the typical goat berries.
The kids with the yellowish pasty stool appear to be doing fine, nursing regularly, walking even playing around. Should we worry and or should we treat them with any thing?
Thanks again for a wonderful and informational site.
this sounds normal to me. the first stool loks like licorice and is the myconium. very sticky stuff and very important to come out as this could block the digestive track. it takes a couple of days, sometimes two weeks until kids have little yellow berries. after they eat hay the berries will turn dark like the adults. make sure the pasty poop doesn't block the anus.
Post by bugsy123in on Jan 16, 2008 10:16:45 GMT -5
Some does are good at cleaning the kids some just refuse to preform that "motherly" duty. If it's yellow and pastey it just means they are getting enough milk so actually it's a good thing. I usually take a towel and peel off what i can, wipe off the rest. This should only last a day or 2, after that it thickens up enough to not ooooooooz down their hiney. Sounds like things are going fairly well for you so far. Welcome to the wonderful world of goats.
I will mimic the rest on the poop, it is normal and a very good sign that the kids are getting good milk. All will get this yellow colored poop, normally starts showing up within 18 hours or so. When I get a kid that has it stuck to their rump like that I have used the vaseline with great success, also used Pam cooking spray a couple of times. Only thing with the vaseline is don't do it too thick or the straw and hay will stick to it and give the poop something else to hold on to. In a couple of days it will quit being so sticky.. Congrats on all the kids!