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Typical quantity of meconium?

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Beth Valen
Weanling
Username: Divaranch

Post Number: 37
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2008 - 12:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What is the typical range for quantity/volume of meconium?

I'm asking because I think the filly we had today might have set a new record. Previous foals have uaually had the equivalent of 1-1.5 (8 oz) measuring cups worth.... we always do an enema, and watch pretty carefully to make sure they've passed "enough". Well this filly was laying down when we did the enema, and almost immediately passed about 3-4 cups worth. Really a large pile. Then a bit later, some more. A bit later, some more. Then came some projectile turds-- I mean really large too. It was just shocking quantity. This is a very large, very strong filly-- she literally looked 3-5 day sold as soon as she dried off. She had some pretty significant discomfort, which 20/20 hindsight suggests she was impacted.

I'm just wondering about others' experience... isn't 5-6 cups worth a LOT? Would there be a correlation between more quantity, and impaction?

She has progressed to rust/coppery "sludge", and is on her way to mustard colored sludge. I will be glad when she gets to the stage where her butt stays dry and clean....
 

charlene birdsall, Baby due 4/2/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Charlie67

Post Number: 802
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2008 - 05:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Congratulations Beth!!! I didn't see your birth announcement on the Birth Announcement thread. 5-6 cups worth does sound like alot, but she should feel better now I hope. Do you any pics to post yet? What time was she born?
 

Beth Valen
Weanling
Username: Divaranch

Post Number: 38
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2008 - 06:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Charlene. She was born Saturday 4/5 at 1 am. I have pictures but do not know how to post them here. She is a sorrel filly, with a blazed face and one short sock behind. Very dished face, and weighed about 125# at birth. Her mother is by An Awesome Mister, and her daddy is leading sire Zips Chocolate Chip. Her barn name, is Princess Poops-a-Lot, for obvious reasons.

I am just glad that my practice is to go ahead and give the enema early on-- we gave it when she was only 45 minutes old. Based on the quantity of meconium we ultimately saw, and the discomfort she exhibited, we could have had a very serious situation. I have never been so happy to see the normal messy icky sludgey foal poop!
 

charlene birdsall, Baby due 4/2/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Charlie67

Post Number: 804
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 01:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Beth, her sire is Zips Chocolate Chip? Wow!!! I bet that cost you a pretty penny. Mabey you should call her Zips Pretty Penny. I bet she is Mighty Awesome. I know what you mean about being relieved to see that normal sticky foal poop, the kind that sticks to your boots. To post your pics go to photobucket.com and open an account. Once you get your photos on there, then click on the direct link below the photo and then hit ctrl+v in your post here. If you need further help posting your photos, let me know.
 

Beth Valen
Weanling
Username: Divaranch

Post Number: 39
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 04:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You've got that right, I really stepped up and paid the big breed fees in 2007! I figured on a few less steaks, a lot more peanut butter...and just hope these babies are the kind that made their daddy's famous. My other mare is bred to Radical Rodder, so both are having foals by leading sires-- legends.

Watching this filly lope, I'd say Chip sure did his job.
 

charlene birdsall, Baby due 4/2/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Charlie67

Post Number: 810
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 05:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Congrats again Beth. I can't wait to see some pics of her. Did you open a photobucket account? When is your other mare due?
 

Cjskip
Yearling
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 83
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 - 12:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Congratulations Beth. I guess your experience ought to tell us all that giving an early enema as part of a routine post foaling protocol is very important. I have mine ready and waiting to go! So thanks for sharing. Sorry about not being able to answer your question though. No experience there.
 

Beth Valen
Weanling
Username: Divaranch

Post Number: 41
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 11:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The vet said she was born impacted, and of course things would have been MUCH worse, if we had not given the enema so promptly. From what I know, there is NO downside to doing the enema very quicky, and in this case, it was a very good thing. I usually do the enema and first shots in the first 30-45 min. I won't do it before the cord breaks, but usually before they ever get up.



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