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Scary Goat Times

January 8th, 2014 at 07:52 am

My water is still shut off. The plumber is suppose to come today, but I have not heard from him yet. Praying that he comes today, fixes the pipes, and that it cost under $200.

Yesterday my goat had trouble delivering her kids. This goat is the bane of my existence. Worst animal I have ever had, and she has been nothing but trouble. I bought her years ago, I paid a pretty penny for her and she was suppose to be bred when I got her.

She wasnt and we have tried to get her bred this entire time but she never took. We finally get her bred and then we have all this trouble.

She got caught in the fence (at old owners) as a kid and we believe she got brain damage.

She never eats right, and she is super skinny and unhealthy looking. She stares off into space for hours at a time, she walks alone and just wanders around. She honestly acts like a person with Autism. It is the weirdest thing.

Anyway my mom called me that she was having trouble. I am the most experienced at getting stuck kids out so I rush there, and try my best. But I feel a ribcage and a hip... But that cant be right.

We decide to take her to the vet for an emergency c-section. It is going to cost $300...

Mind you I already have spent endless money on buying and care for this useless goat. I have her sold to a pet home for close to nothing, and she was suppose to leave in a couple months. The thought of spending another $300 makes me sick. Id prefer just to shoot her, but cant justify it.

(Warning: This may be graphic to some.)

We get there, and the vet tries one last time to get the baby out. She is really violent about it. We hold the goat up in the air, and it was so messy I thought she was going to bleed out.

She did manage to dislodge the baby. It was literately twisted in half. So I WAS feeling a hip and a ribcage. It looked dead, but it had a really faint heart beat. We tried to revive it for a few seconds. But honestly it looked so broken, I dont think there is anyway we could save it, so our attention turned back to trying to rescue any other kids inside.

She forcefully pulled out two more kids. The first one was one of the smallest babies I have ever seen. It was so skinny, and not breathing. I thought it was gone too. The vet assistant didnt seem to know what to do. So I gently pushed her out of the way and grabbed the kid by the back feet and I slung that baby around like a lasso.

It seemed like this situation lasted forever, but I think from the time we walked in the door to when we left we like 10 minutes.

Im pretty sure the rest of the vet hospital thought we were some crazy people. Think of 3 people holding a goat up in the air, and another person slinging a baby around. And mess EVERYWHERE, including the walls. I felt bad about the mess. But it couldnt be helped.

To clarify, slinging is an old goat trick. The pressure causes anything in the airways to be slung out. It also jumpstarts the heart. Ive saved more than one goat this way, although Ill be honest it looks a little scary.

The baby started gasping for air like a fish. And after some rubbing she came back to us.

In the end it only cost me $50. And I got a mama goat, and two babies which will be worth at least $200 each. So I think thats a pretty good deal.

Mama goat is in shock. I cant blame her with how rough she was handled, but we agreed with the vet. It was either lose all of them, or get them out NOW. Choices had to be made, and the babies were worth more than the mama.

I think she is doing a little better this morning, so time will tell if she recovers. I think she will pull through just fine.

Little baby is very weak and small, but she is slowly getting stronger. She is so beautiful, she looks like a little deer.

Whew. The last babies were born this morning. So goat kidding is over until March. Praise the Lord!

This morning I deposited $145 to pay down the credit card bill. But I think I will leave it in my checking for now, until I find out how much the plumber is going to cost.

10 Responses to “Scary Goat Times”

  1. TashaC. Says:

    That sounds terrible for everyone involved. I hope the mom makes a full recovery. I'm glad no humans got hurt. I hope all the animals involved get to live good lives. I'm sure the mom would thank you for taking her to the vet if she could talk to you.

  2. klarose Says:

    We have some of the most spoiled animals on the planet Im pretty sure. They are all well taken care of, which is why I was willing to take a $100 goat to get a $300 c-section. I feel if you have animals, its your responsibility to care for their needs. And she needed help.

    The vet was glad she could help. I think she has only kidded goats a handful of times. But she did a great job getting them out.

    These goats are registered breeding stock. So they will go on to live happy long lives.

  3. TashaC. Says:

    ooohh good. I am glad the goats have found a compassionate human. I hope all babies survive. Did the first weak one make it?

  4. klarose Says:

    She had 3 total. The first one was broken and only lived a few seconds.

    The other two are doing well, including the weak one. Smile

    Id like to keep the weak one, but we will see. I have a huge long waiting list, and it is quite selfish of me to hold onto babies when so many people are in line. So I will have to see what else I get in March. If my orders get filled, I may keep her.

  5. North Georgia Gal Says:

    My Ex H brought home a baby goat that had been abandoned one time. We had to bottle feed it until it could eat on its own. It turned out to be the meanest goat I have ever seen! It kept getting out of it's pen and it wouldn't let me out of the car when I got home! We gave it to family that had lots of room for him to run around on!

  6. Mrs.M180 Says:

    Can I ask what the reasoning is behind breeding a goat that is unhealthy and mentally unsound, and had several problems both in breeding and in delivering, and then selling the babies to others?

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Wow! My mom was raised on a goat farm. I'll have to ask her if she ever experienced anything like this. Glad the two babies and mama seem to be doing well!

  8. klarose Says:

    Mrs. M180

    She had not gotten unhealthy until the last couple months (during pregnancy) and she is not sick, just skinny. We have had her for years and being mentally unsound from a injury as a kid will have nothing to do with the genetics she passes on.

    We have 3 of her sisters and they are all wonderful examples of the breed. Our favorite milkers. She is a little nutty, but her babies are beautiful and normal. I will keep a close eye on them, but she has some wonderful bloodlines going on, and if not for her mental problems she would be a great goat.

    In fact she has a beautiful udder, and will make someone a great family milker. I have a larger herd and just do not have the time to give her the special attention she needs.

  9. klarose Says:

    Oh I forgot to add. She has been tested. She has no diseases or sickness causing her to be unhealthy.

    She just does not eat like she should, and would thrive better in a smaller herd with someone who is going to baby her.

  10. Mrs.M180 Says:

    Cool, thanks for the clarification. I didn't even realize you could test goats for genetic issues. Science! You should post some pictures btw, there are few things cuter than baby goats! Smile

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