Ziva came to Oak Hill in late September, so she will kid sometime in March or later. I've pulled out the kidding kit again to make sure I'll have everything for Ziva's kids.
- Towels and some old t-shirts to dry kids
- Dental floss to tie the cord
- Scissors to cut the cord
- A pill bottle of iodine to dip the navel
- Bulb syringe to get gunk out of kids’ mouths
- Roll of paper towels
- Molasses to mix in a bucket of warm water for the doe to drink after delivery
- Probios for mama and babies
- Paper and pen to write down any pertinent details (which kid was first, or the doe's temp, or whatever you might want to remember)
To dip the kid's navel, hold the kid with the its hind legs on the ground and its back against your legs, holding the front legs up off the ground. Place the pill bottle filled with iodine against the cut-and-tied umbilical cord (the stump of cord should be inside the bottle) and wiggle the bottle around a bit, splashing the iodine against the kid's belly.
- Latex gloves and J-lube
- Antibacterial soap
For early or weak kids:- Selenium and Vitamin E gel (or BoSe injectible and syringes/needles)
- Bottles and nipples (I like the red and yellow Pritchard nipples that fit on soda pop bottles)
- Tube-feeding kit
I had the tube-feeding kit for several kidding seasons before I needed it. I lived in fear of having to use it, in fact. I read the instructions online, and I watched several YouTube videos, but I wasn't confident about using it. Then I had a very weak buckling born, and I realized that he was going to die without my intervention, so what risk was I taking if I attempted to tube-feed him? I read the directions again, watched a video, gathered up my nerve and did it. It wasn't hard, and he lived. I'm no expert, but I have the confidence to do it again if needed, although I'd watch a video and read the directions again first.
I always have my cell phone with me when I'm outside. It's handy for notes, taking photos, or for calling the vet or a friend if I need advice about a situation.
What else would you add?
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