|With multiple births, it is common to have the legs of one kid and the head of another entering the birth canal at the same time.
If front legs and a head are present in the birth canal, feel the head neck and shoulders to locate the right legs or pull gently on the legs to make sure that the legs and head are from the same kid.
If the legs and head are not from the same kid, take plenty of time to repel (push back) the head of the kid that is present and follow the legs up to the body of the other kid.
Position the legs and head of the same kid in the normal presentation, position, and posture for delivery.
Deliver one kid, and then follow the same steps to deliver the second. If the problem is simultaneous delivery of twins, repel one back into the uterus while holding the other.
Remember 4 legs in the birth canal is still potentially be a single kid.Â If all 4 limbs are from the same kid, deliver the hind legs first. Do this by locating the tail and then feeling the hind legs. Delivering the hind legs first will allow the head to follow naturally.
- Allowing the mother to be in labour too long before giving assistance.
- Trying to deliver a kid that is in an abnormal position without first correcting the problem. Never apply traction to a kid with the head or leg back without first correcting the problem.
- Applying too much traction.
What are the causes of Dystocia (difficult birh):
- Failure of the cervix to completely dilate.
- A kid that has an extra-large head and shoulders or is just an overall large kid.
- Twin kids coming simultaneously.
- A ewe that was disturbed during the initial phases of kidding.
- A kid that is not in the proper presentation, position, or posture.
What is the normal birthing time line in an Angora goat?
- The onset of labour with the ewe usually wandering off on its own and the initial signs, which mayÂ last 1-8 hours, of uneasiness, kicking, pawing the ground, lying down and getting up frequently, and sporadic urinating or attempts at urination.
- The second stage of labour including the appearance of the water sac and evidence of a foot exiting the birth canal. This stage lastÂ about 1-2 hours (15-30 minutes per kid).
- Stage 3 involves the placenta being passedÂ about 15 minutes after the kid is born.
It is important to know what is normal in order to recognise a problem during parturition.
You are also welcome to bring a ewe to the SAMGA vet if help is required.