Goats/pregnant nanny

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My nanny goat has dried blood on her milk sack and mucous coming, but I see no kid. Searched the whole field. I attached a picture. Does she look to have already kidded to you? Maybe something swooped in and got the baby? She isn't looking for it. My female LGD usually helps clean the kids, but there is no sign of a baby anywhere. I tried to feel her for the kid but got a horn in the face so gave up.

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Sorry for the delay. We had a power outage all day. Has anything happened since? It is impossible to tell if this is labor or post kidding. Was she due? Could she have aborted? The way to check for kids is get behind. Her, put arms around belly in front of udder and lace fingers. Then pull up quickly but gently. You should feel the baby if it's there.  Let me know what you find out.

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Cheryl K. Smith

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Goat Health Care; basic goat management. Author of Goat Health Care (2009) and Raising Goats for Dummies (2010)

Experience

Publisher of Goat Health Care, www.goathealthcare.com. I have raised miniature dairy goats since 1998. I published Ruminations, the Nigerian Dwarf and Mini Dairy Goat magazine for 7 years and mentor other goat owners, as I was mentored for my first years.

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American Goat Society (AGS), The Miniature Goat Registry (TMGR)

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Raising Goats for Dummies (author) Goat Health Care (Editor and Author), Ruminations, Dairy Goat Journal, Issues in Law and Medicine, Topics in Health Records Management, Oregon Bar Bulletin, Midwifery Today, Countryside

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BS, Health Information Administration JD, Law

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