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We are in the middle of kidding our small herd and we have a pen of goats that we believe are close but not close enough to put into an individual pen. While in that pen we had one become aggrisive at feeding time.  Another goat in that pen was a first time kidder and we put her in an individual pen because thought it was time which it was she had a pair of still born twins.  ( we also put the aggrisive one by herself) now my questions first is the fact that the first timer got beat up could that be why her kids where still born? Second will cutting back grain and only giving hay will that help her dry up?

Hi Bob,
If the doe got side-blasted by another goat it could happen. There are other reasons though for abortion. Were you there at kidding? It may be the babies were born and first time mom didn't know what to do.. leaving them  without cleaning the face and nose- which can appear as stillborn. and yes,  it will help by cutting back on the grain. If she gets too full you may have to milk her out to give relief. Watch for mastitis - the udder gets  hot and lumpy sometimes hard, which can happen to an unrelieved udder.
I'm so sorry she lost her babies.  


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