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Taylor and I Need Serious Help and Advice
, 3 Kids Died in 48 Hours
Member No.: 145
Joined: 14-March 06
We finished our kidding season last month. We ended up having a total of, I think, 6 babies. (we are a small farm). Every one of the kids was thriving. Doing great. Fat, healthy and happy. We have pygmys.
We have a small "kid lot" that we put all kids and new mommies in after they give birth and they stay there until they are weaned and then we put them in the large lot with the others. The kid lot is not very big and it is not big enough to put either of our LGD's in. This kid lot is adjacent to the large lot but not connected. It has a small barn for shelter.
Tay went out day before yesterday and found one kid in the small barn dead. This little goat was very healthy, fatter than a pig and getting along just fine. Yesterday when we got home, we went out to feed and Tay found 2 more babies dead in the barn. These are babies that are still nursing, 2 - 3 months old, they were thriving, fat and healthy. Their mothers are in the lot with them and all seemed to be doing great. We are shocked and completely sick about this. We having thought and thought what in the hell could be going on. We checked around the small lot and found a hole that seems like something has dug out to get into the little lot.
We have had some pretty serious weather in last month or so. I am wondering if it is possible that some animal is getting into the litttle barn and killing them - one by one- They are not chewed up, they are simple laying there - dead. I thought with this weather, that animals out in the woods are probably getting hungry because they are not able to get nurishment due to the snow and ice on the ground and so they are seeking out food......but the babies are not "eaten". They are not chewed either. If this is the case, what in the world would be doing this? Fox, weasel? I am clueless. What would kill them and not eat them? Additionally, could this be possible when the moms are in there with them? Wouldnt the moms protect them? But if the moms have more than one baby then they probably could not protect both babies at the same time?
I dont know but I am sick about this. I am not positive that this is happening but it makes sense....kinda. If this is it, what would do this? If this is not it, what the hell else could it be? These are happy healthy and fat babies! My herd is very healthy and has no problems.
Please help. We only have 3 babies left and I have not been out this morning to see if we have lost any more.
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