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Newly acquired goat of 7 goats from old man. Wasn't noticed until today. Thick white, dry, hard substance that looks like dried white clay covering whole birthing area; down backs of legs to hocks (hair missing there); on utter, and tips of ears.

Thinking of pouring peroxide over areas, then washing with soap and water, drying and applying Neosporin (which is the only thing that works on sore rabbit feet). Feed stores are closed now until Monday.

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Hi there - if she is pregnant and is close to kidding, it could be the mucous plug having pased - this happens about one or two weeks before kidding.  Washing is a good idea.  If this doe is not pregnant then this could be an infection/uterine infection.  Are he pelvic ligaments gone?  Re the missing hair, that could be mange mites for which a poultry dust would work well. Missing hair can also be selenium deficiency.  Hope this helps - let me know - Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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