Peepers kidding on 4/30, 2006
Smile for the camera.
Starting to "get serious".
The "plug" is white and is the first "goo" you might see. A sign of things to come.
Plug close up
White mucus plug. It's is sticky.
Serious birth goo
The white plug is out and next comes the amber goo of "we're gettin' serious."
Two feet- the kid is in the correct diving position. Note that pushing babies out takes a lot of work and pushing, and the doe may poop when she is pushing. That is just part of the realities of life.
And now the nose!
You can see two feet and the nose. The pink thing is the tongue. We have found that the babies are always sticking their tongues out as they are being born.
When the nose is this right on top of the feet like this, that means the elbows are back (see the Kidding Positions gallery pages for more details.)
Straightening the leg
Here I have pulled the leg straight. See how it is longer than the other leg. That is becasue it is no longer bent at the elbow. If the kid were larger, I would pull the other leg forward as well, but this kid is very small and the doe will be able to deliver easily with one leg straightened.
New baby delivered
Now is drying time.The kid is placed on a "wee-wee" pad, put in front of it's mother, and dried with Bounty paper towels.
Mother and daughter bonding
This is a tiny baby. She weighed 3 pounds. "Normal" birth weight for our LaMancha herd is 7 pounds.
And now there are two
Wee-wee pads are great for kidding. They will be changed a few times until the kid is relatively dry.
... he came out of Peepers.
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