Shadow's delivery at 6:30pm was a normal Nose and Toes delivery, with one exception, Shadow was not due until March 1st. Being a few days early is really no big deal, normal gestation can be anywhere from 145-155 days. We generally calculate "Due" dates as day 150. These kids were born on day 147. Perfectly reasonable. Only... Shadow had not been giving the usual signs of being ready to kid. She had a full udder, so we were keeping an eye on her but had not moved her into a kidding pen yet. I had walked out in the doe pen and notoced her proped against her Dam, Clone, and just starting to push. We moved h3r in and settled her down. And she got down to business. Delivering a spotted doe kid and a black and tan buck kid.
Throughout Shadow's delivery, Holly our boer doe had been very interested in the kids. Calling to them, and nesting in her own next door pen. Holly did a lot of nesting, but no stretching, no pushing, no positioning of kids. We watched her for hours. Waiting for the final step to begin. Finally. At 11pm. I intervened. Holly has a history of a previous kidding where she never pushed. And kids were delivered hours after they likely should have been. This labor like behavior had been going on for hours this day, and knowing her history, i gloved up just to check and see what was going on. I was greeted by a set of hooves and a little nose, just inside the birth canal. I was feeling around those hooves to see if i could get a grip. I managed to grasp the front hooves between the fingers of my hand. And just as I was about to apply gentle pressure....Holly walked away. She still never pushed, never hunched in response to her exam, but she did leave a baby behind in my hands! That kid came with very little effort on her part. I left her alone for 10 minutes or so while i dried the first kid, waiting for her to start laboring now that the first was out. Still, nothing. So I checked again. A second kid was presenting, Nose and Toes. And with a gentle amount of pressure, and still little effort from mom, another kid was born. The third kid, I discoved on further exam, was breech. Hocks first. I needed Joe to come out and hold her whileIi brought the legs around to a birthing position. After all that, 3 kids arrived, healthy, safe and sound. They are strapping kids, and already growibg well. 2 bucks and one spotted doe. Holly will be retiring this year.