Spring is nearly here, and kidding season comes along with spring for most goat herds.
Before the first of my goats had her kids, I made up a kidding kit in a lidded bucket to keep in the goat shed. I envisioned a scenario where I wouldn't have time to run to the house to gather supplies. In actuality, usually there is plenty of time, but I still think it's a good way to keep all the items together in one place.
If you're ready to put a kit together, here is what is in mine.
- Towels or old t-shirts to dry kids- Blow dryer to warm up the kids/dry them off- Dental floss to tie the cord- Scissors to cut cord- Iodine to dip the naval- Film canisters or pill bottles to put the iodine in (it's easier to dip navals that way)- Bulb syringe to get gunk out of kids’ mouths- Latex gloves and J-lube- Antibacterial soap- Fingernail clippers (if I have to help, I want to have very short nails)- Roll of paper towels- Paper and pen to write down any pertinent details (which kid was first, or doe's temp, or whatever you might want to remember)- Molasses to mix in a bucket of warm water for the doe to drink afterwards- Probios for mama and babies- Bottles and nipples just in case they are needed- Tube-feeding kit
I also collected a stack of paper feed sacks to provide a clean surface for the kid to land on.
Do you have any other suggestions? Leave a comment below.