Doe bleeding 5 days after birthing

Asked February 3, 2013, 1:24 PM EST

My 2-year-old doe birthing for the first time had twins with no problems and has been doing great. But this morning I noticed some bright red blood on the straw in her pen and on her tail. Is this normal, or is this something I need to be concerned with? This is my first experience with breeding and birthing goats so I am at a loss as to what this could be. She still seems fine, her eating is fine and letting the kids nurse fine. Not acting distressed in anyway.

Butler County Missouri

1 Response

This is normal behavior for goats. Placental tissue is expelled after birth and the the uterus will contract. You will see spotting of blood for another week. Please consult a veterinarian for an exam if the flow increases dramatically or fails to taper off after a period of time. Be sure to keep visits to this trio to a minimum so that the mother has time to bond with her kids. Check on the kids to make sure they both are eating.

Thanks for your question.