Hi, my angora goat gave birth around 8pm 3/22/13 and passed what I thought was the membranes, but she has a long thick trail of blood tinged mucus dangling now, and I haven't seen a placenta.
We all thought she would have twins, she was huge (still is) I tried "bouncing" her but I am inexperienced and not sure of what I felt. I guess my questions are, could she have another in there? How long should I wait to find out? How big is a placenta, typically, so I A can judge as to whether or not that was actually placenta, not just membranes and is the blood tinged mucus normal?

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HI Heather ,
So sorry for the delay - winter weather not cooperating with internet connections
Many times the doe eats the afterbirth- this could be the case-  the more kids nurse the quicker the placenta releases. While some does thin right down after kidding - others will still look pregnant and as far as the bouncing, I personally have never had success  trying to use this method. Angoras typically give birth to singletons, although  twins and triplets can occur. Rule of thumb, there should never be a foul odor to any discharge from the vaginal area- so if there ever is a greyish or  smelly discharge, the source needs to be determined and antibiotics should be administered.  Sometimes it takes a full day for the afterbirth to release and drop - I am attaching a few photos of afterbirth so you can see it and also the size of it- also mom will look relatively clean back there for a week or two then she will get a bloody discharge that almost looks like a menstrual discharge, this is normal.



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