The first doe kidded a single male kid, not very large, but reasonably healthy at birth.
She cleaned him off and he was able to stand and attempt to nurse, with help from he to direct him and to hold her still. Suddenly he collapsed and was unable to stand. I milked the colostrum from her and syringe fed him. This went on for 2 days. Each day I tried to put him to his mother to nurse with no luck, but on the third day, he was able to suck and nursed if I held him up. He had lost all muscle tone. He was given a half of a cc of selenium and vitamin e within a half hour of birth, after he lost his muscle tone. Today, he is healthy and robust and lives outside with the goat herd and his mother.
The second doe kidded today. Her water broke around 9 am this morning and it was not until 11 that she birthed the first of twins. The baby presented with only one leg, not the most convenient or comfortable birth. The foot was white and gel like, so I was wondering how this would go. The head presented at least a half hour later and the kid was still born with a gel like body, particularly the abdomen.
The second kid did not present for another half hour. There was meconium in the sac and he was yellow, but alive. He presented head first, another sometimes problematic birth. Mother birthed unassisted, but stopped once his head presented, at which time I cleared his nostrils and mouth so he could breathe. He is extremely thin and tiny, possibly not quite 2 pounds. The first twin was a ewe and was close to 5 pounds.
His mother cleaned him off with much help for three towels and a lot of gentle rubbing on my part. The temperature is only -5 and though he has a hot water bottle and heat lamp, it is still cold. He is unable to stand, barely can open his eyes and has zero sucking reflex and to top it off, the mother will not stand to allow him to nurse.
I managed to hold her in a corner with my shoulder and milk colostrum from her, about 4 ounces, with great difficulty. The kid was then put in a kid sac (sleeve from a fleece jacket) and the colostrum was fed to him with a syringe. He was not cooperative and much dribbled down his chin, but there were times when he actively swallowed so I am sure he got some at least, possibly two ounces. Given his tiny size, that may be enough for an hour. I returned him to his mother, set his back to the hot water bottle and the heat lamp directly over him. He could not hold his head up and I do not have much hope for his survival.
The pictures I am posting here are graphic. The kid that was stillborn was given to the dog and he ate the front, which is why the belly is exposed, but it allows a good view of what the kid was composed of -gel. At this point, I am taking a break and having some lunch before going back to see how he is progressing. He did not survive past 11 pm. I am sad for his mother.