Kidding season is here and as of Monday evening, we have twin bucklings!
These bucklings are from Aibrean Cristin Riley x Briar Mtn RCRM Donnal Pol. They are the first Nubian kids for both our doe Cristin and the buck (Pol) we purchased last year as a 3-week old.
By Monday around 5pm it was obvious that one of our Nubian does, Cristin, was going to have her kids. It was Day 148 and we’ve been watching her closely. We want to be around for the birthing because sometimes there are problems with the delivery of goat kids.
So when it was time to normally close up the barn for the night, we penned Cristin in the birthing pen and I stayed in the barn with her. Around 6pm she had the first contraction and after that I figured it would be an hour or so before she kidded.
Cristin did such a great job kidding, despite a difficult delivery. She is one of our 2-year old does and this was her first kidding. Her labor progressed nicely but she wasn’t able to delivery the first kid easily. We kept track of the time involved and saw that something was wrong — there were 2 kids presenting at the same time. When we saw the third hoof and didn’t see a nose, we realized that I would need to assist in this delivery. Once I was able to determine the position of both kids, I began to push one of the kids back so that the other kid had enough room to pass through the birth canal and out.
Timing is critical when there is a problem or a delay in the birthing process. All birthing problems create increased physical stress on both the mother and the unborn kid(s). Fortunately, Cristin was laying down and I was able to rearrange one of the kids into the secondary position so that Kid #1 would be able to pass through the birth canal. Thankfully, Kid #1 was presenting in the normal hoof/head position but Cristin was unable to fully push this kid out. I assisted and timed my efforts with the contractions. Within seconds, Kid #1 was born.
Immediately after Kid #1 was born, here came Kid #2. Since this kid was already trying to be born, this was a very fast delivery. Kid #2 was born ‘backwards’ which is back hooves and legs present first. Fortunately, this was a smaller kid and required very little intervention from me.
Cristin had quite the ordeal. She was worn out and stayed down on the bedding straw for about 20 minutes, resting. I stayed with her to make sure she was recovering well. I was glad that my hubby and granddaughter were both helping with the goat kids so that I could focus on Cristin.
Both of the kids were born around 7:40pm on March 2 and they are doing fine. So we have twin bucklings to love on and laugh at.
Cristin is out and about and being a first freshener, she is learning all about how to be a good dairy goat.
For those who are interested, an excellent write-up with diagrams on kidding is at Fias Co Farm.