Saturday, March 23, 2013

Not Good, but Not All Bad

What a day.

Trixie started laboring around 1:00. About 45 minutes later we had a bubble out. Then she stopped. My friend's husband drove to meet the vet 40 minutes away to get Oxytocin. Within 20 minutes of the injection, she started pushing in earnest again. I didn't see hooves like I should have, so I had to go in and managed to help her pull out the baby by a back knee and hip. Not a good presentation.

She was stillborn. A beautiful 5 pound baby girl.

Once she was delivered, Trixie started pushing again. Again, we weren't seeing the front feet like we should have. This time I went in and grabbed two back legs. After a couple contractions, we got a beautiful 4.5 lb baby girl. Stillborn.

Shortly thereafter came the third. This one actually came out the right direction though I did have to straighten her second leg out. 4.5 lb stillborn girl.

Here is a link to their picture. They're beautiful, but I don't want to offend anyone who doesn't feel comfortable looking at them.

I wonder when they died because they were just perfect. We did everything we could to revive them but there was just no life there when they came out.

At least Trixie seems to be doing slightly better since delivering. She is very weak, but has been cleaning up hay that has bits of goo on it and drank about a gallon of water. She still had not delivered the afterbirth when I came in. The vet had me administer some more Oxytocin but said it can take up to 6 hours. She is meeting me after church with a good antibiotic.

I am wondering when and if I'll be able to milk her. I guess we'll see in the morning.

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support. And thank you to my family and friends who came to help. I appreciate you all!


  1. I'm glad Trixie is on the mend and the ordeal is over for both of you. It's very sad about the kids, so so sorry :(

  2. Oh Kristin, I am so sorry. I know we always hope for a better outcome for our animals and their babies. I wonder if they died in utero and if Trixie's being ill and a bit dehydrated was the goat equivalent to toxemia in humans carrying babies who had passed.
    I wish for a quick and complete recovery for Trixie....poor dear, and some rest for you.

  3. They were so developed with no sign of decay or anything. I can't imagine that they could have been dead for long. I think it was probably a combination of the toxins from Trixie's blood, her not getting up and moving much, and the sideways presentation of the first baby that delayed the whole birth. I'm no vet though.

    I slept late again this morning. When I finish this cup of coffee I'll go out to check on her and feed the bucklings. I'm meeting the vet this morning to get an antibiotic.

  4. We too had a kid born dead this year, the only other time it ever happend to us when 13 years ago with our first goat...Like yours our too was perfect...she had no trouble, just the baby was born dead...I hope this isn't a trend in goat kids like last year when it seemed all goats had had a hard time finding does last year...anyway, sorry for the loss, it is definitely hard and very sad...Hppe mama heals quickly and does ok...

  5. I am so sorry for your loss, K :( My heart and prayers go out to you.

  6. Kristin, I'm so sorry. The picture is so sweet and sad. But I am so glad this is over, for you and her. I think you should be able to milk her as soon as possible. The sooner the better. I agree with you on the possible reason for their deaths. I hope and pray Trixie makes a full recovery.

  7. How is Trixie? How are you? I hope she is on the mend and you both are doing all right ♥