Welcome to the world, Charli

Less than 48 hours ago one of our does, Cherokee, gave birth to her first kid! She was 8 days past her due date, but this little one was well worth the wait! This was the first kidding we have had here on our farm and this was highly anticipated, and I’m sure one we will never forget. I am in no way a goat expert, not even close, but I know what my experience was and so below I will share the process with you if you find yourself breeding goats someday!  Some of the pictures below are very graphic and are of the actual birth, so if you wish not to see it, this post may not be for you.  And that’s ok!  Just consider yourself warned.  I myself find this beautiful and incredible.

Goat gestation is approximately 145-155 days, generally right about 145 days for a miniature breed which is what we have- Nigerian Dwarfs. Cherokee gave birth to a perfect baby girl late on day 153.  She has been named Charli and she will stay with us to be part of our farm family. Going 8 days late had us on pins and needles as to when kidding would start but once it did, it went quick!

The day of kidding Cherokee seemed different- more restless and pawing at the ground, ligaments mushy and her back end a bit more sunken looking.  She also laid down often in the “birthing pool” I made her {just a kiddie pool lined with puppy pads and filled with straw} which she never did before.

7:15pm: the tell tale string of goo was coming out.  This is her losing the mucous plug and the early stages of labor.  Kids are coming!

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7:30pm: Pacing and pawing. Pacing and pawing. The other animals are interested and seem to know something is going on, Cherokee is in her labor/maternity suite with no one to bother her.

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8:45pm: Cherokee begins straining and pushing more, an egg yolk looking fluid begins to come out.  She immediately goes to her birthing pool to lay down.

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9:02pm: A hoof {and a tongue!} are presenting.  The white/yellow you see below is a hoof.  The pink next to it is the tongue.

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9:03pm: Pushing, pushing and pushing!  Nose is out and you can see the hoof and tongue more clearly.

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9:06pm: Charli’s little head is out and eyes are open! Cherokee is doing so good.

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9:07pm: One final push and baby is out! Mama immediately started to clean her off and baby begins breathing. At this time they are still connected by the umbilical cord.  After 5 minutes or so the cord begins to thin and Cherokee chews through to separate them. She continued to do so until only about 2″ was left of the cord on baby.

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We used puppy pads and towels to help clean and dry off the baby.  After she was dry and the cord was short I dipped the cord into iodine to help prevent any infection.

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Welcome to the world baby Charli!  Mama Cherokee is so proud, she is a natural!

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About 90 minutes later the afterbirth was delivered.  I read that some does choose to eat it, but as Cherokee was busy bonding with her kid, I let it fall onto a puppy pad and disposed of it to keep her birthing pool clean.

Family portrait: Meeting dad, Rio, through the fence.

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Two days old, cooling off by the fan on this hot day.  Doesn’t that little face just melt you? It sure gets me.

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My husband and I were both lucky enough to witness the birth, and got our daughter out of bed shortly after the birth to meet her new doeling. What a wonderful way to grow up, I am so glad we are able to give our daughter these experiences. 

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