Around 11:30 yesterday, Beatrice wanted to go into her stall. I let her in, took her out a while later and put her in the kidding stall, but she didn’t want to be there, so I put down fresh bedding in her regular stall and put her back in there. Then I let the horses and yearlings out, and opened the stall gate for her. She just looked at me and didn’t move. I closed the gate. A while later she started moving around. By 3:00 it was obvious she was going to kid soon. Her udder was looking much fuller, she had deep cavities in front of her pelvic bones, and her ligaments had softened. Around 4:30 I was sure she was going to kid in an hour or less.
At 6:30 I wondered what was happening, if anything. She was definitely in labor, but it was slow going. Around that time, she presented a bubble, but it looked like a red bag delivery—red bag instead of grey. Oh, no! I went into the house and when I came back, the water had broken--whew! Maybe it looked red, but not a red-bag delivery (placenta previa). A while later, I went in the house againwhen I came out, Shawn said she’d pushed out two front feet and a nose. Now there was nothing. A few minutes later, I saw a hoof, then nothing. This went on for the good part of an hour. I went into the house again and washed my hands thoroughly, then came back out felt shallowly to see if I could feel a malpresentation. I backed off after 2-3 inches, went back into the house, called two different neighbors with goats—both out. finally drove to my house to get the phone number of someone else. The phone rang; things still weren’t progressing I grabbed the phone number, called on the way: no answer. I was just driving down the lane when the phone rang again. "Yes?" Shawn's voice said, “The feet and head are out, and everything’s going fast now.” I parked the car and ran into the barn; there was the baby on the hay. She’d been born about 45 seconds before. We checked the time he’d called and it was 8:04. A strong doeling, she stood within 3 minutes. And then I saw that she has an undershot jaw. Parrot mouth. Bummer.