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Re: 1 week old kits with diarrhea

Post Number:#16  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:09 am


E-coli makes sense to me. Darned stuff is everywhere, too. :(

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Re: 1 week old kits with diarrhea

Post Number:#17  Unread postby alforddm » Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:16 pm


I lost the little beige kit last night. It was already doing poorly so I really didn't have much hope it would make it. The good news is that while the 5 remaining kits all have some diarrhea, they all had really full bellies this morning so at least they are eating. I'm hoping it is close to running it's course now, although 3 of the kits are still iffy. *fingers crossed they all make it* There are two kits, that I think are cream and chin, that are still doing well in spite of having diarhea. They are the largest of the bunch. If they kick this and live, I will probably look really hard at keeping them. The doe I kept back from the first incidence of this had proved very hardy. She even got loose and lived "on the lam" for about 6 months before I managed to catch her.

At this time, I haven't done any interventive treatment except to cull a kit if I found it near death and to clean them up. I am going to clean them and the nestbox again today and put a bit of triple antibiotic ointment on their nether regions today as they are red at this point. While I'd rather them fight off the original infection on their own, if possible, I'd rather avoid any subsequent infections or fly strike.

-- Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:27 am --

Well, I'm down to one. I lost the other 4 yesterday. The good news is this one finally has solid poops. Poor momma is kinda confused though. I feel bad for her. She was being a really good first time mom and was successfully feeding 10 kits, when this whole mess struck.

The remaining kit did get a case of fly strike (the dead kits weren't affected so they died 100% from the diarrhea). I knew it could happen fast but I didn't realize exactly how fast that was. I literally check it over and cleaned it the evening of the 4th and applied some triple antibiotic ointment to it's red genitals. When I check again yesterday (the 5th) it already has 1/4" maggots. I did ponder culling it at that point but it looked like it was mostly just skin affected so I decided to give it a chance. I cleaned the wound and applied iodine and kept it in the house overnight and took it out this morning to feed. It looked MUCH better this morning and it ate good so I returned it to the house. I'll keep it inside until the wound is completely healed.

Here is a pic of the survivor.

-- Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:16 pm --

Well, I lost the last little bit a few minutes ago. He had been doing well enough that I put him back out with his mom. She was doing well but I guess her milk dried up. I had worried about that with her doing down from 10 to one so quickly but she was trying to be a good mom. She even pulled more fur for the little guy. Then I noticed he looked poor yesterday and checked and he was dehydrated. I checked momma and it didn't seem like she had any milk. It's been hot so it didn't take long. I brought him back into the house and tried to get him to eat some goat's milk but I guess I didn't catch it soon enough.

It's also possible he had some internal damage from the fly strike that I couldn't see.

He would have been 3 weeks old tomorrow.
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Re: 1 week old kits with diarrhea

Post Number:#18  Unread postby MaggieJ » Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:43 pm


Awww, so sorry to hear that, Alforddm. :cry:

Sure hope that problem never surfaces again in your herd. It's heartbreaking to lose kits like that.

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Re: 1 week old kits with diarrhea

Post Number:#19  Unread postby alforddm » Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:41 pm


The first time doe that lost her litter had another litter 2 weeks ago. Although I was dying to post and update, I made myself wait until I was pretty sure they would all make it. They all have their eyes open and still no signs of diarrhea. So, this is yet another confirmation that whatever has caused the cases of diarrhea, it's not carried by the does. Both times this has happened, the does have gone on to have successful litters.

She had 13 her first litter (was successfully feeding 10 when the diarrhea stuck last time) and only 3 this time but this is coming off summer and is actually the earliest fall litter I've had. Most times my bucks are heat sterile.

So here are the little hippos. A beige (chocolate chin), a broken harlequinized chestnut, and a harlequin.
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Re: 1 week old kits with diarrhea

Post Number:#20  Unread postby MaggieJ » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:06 pm


When I first saw the title of the thread, I thought "Oh, no, not again!" I was glad to see it was a happy update. What beautiful plump hippos - I mean, bunnies. Especially love the colours of the harlequin -- reminds me of our late, much-missed Marilla (the cat in my avatar).

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