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Are You Worried about Kidding Season? Resources for New Goat Keepers


Are you worried about your goats giving birth? Check out these resources for new goat owners.

Two of the first people I met when we moved to Oak Hill were goat owners. One was a relatively new goat owner like I was, and the other had had goats for years and was also a registered nurse.

One day, after the three of us met for lunch and Sue, the nurse, had headed home, my other friend asked me "what are you going to do if one of your goats has problems kidding?" I said, "I'm going to call Sue!"

(Fourteen years ago, no local vet would work on goats, either dairy or Boers. We are blessed now to have several who will.)

And so we agreed, the two of us, that Sue would be our "go-to" person if we had any kidding problems.

We were both fortunate enough to have problem-free kidding seasons for several years, but I'm sure the possibility of a kidding gone wrong was in my friend's mind as it was in mine every single year.

And eventually, the time did come when I called Sue, when Dream's big buck kid was all turned around and I couldn't reposition it easily. She helped me through things on the phone.

So does the thought of a difficult goat birth scare you as much as it did me in those early days? I'm hoping that these posts will help put you at ease and manage kidding season with confidence. And don't worry too much, most goat births happen naturally with no problems and no need for you to intervene.

It goes without saying that if you end up in a situation that is beyond your ability, don't be afraid to call your vet, no matter what time of day or night.


Worried about kidding season? This round-up of goat posts will help you be prepared and confident.

I'm the type that likes to be prepared ahead of time because it helps to soothe my worries. Here is my list of 15+ items to include in a kidding kit before your goat goes into labor. I keep it all in a cat litter bucket, but a five-gallon bucket or other container works just as well.


Worried about kidding season? This round-up of goat posts will help you be prepared and confident.

As a new goat owner I wondered if I'd know when my goat was in labor. In this post you'll learn some of the signs of a goat about to give birth.


Worried about kidding season? This round-up of goat posts will help you be prepared and confident.

While normal goat births are, well, normal, occasionally there are problems. This difficult goat delivery was the birth that made me call Sue for advice.


Worried about kidding season? This round-up of goat posts will help you be prepared and confident.

Sometimes you need to milk your goat right away. Her udder might be so full that the kids can't nurse, or she may have super thick colostrum that you'll need to milk out a bit so the kids can latch on to a teat. Perhaps you want or need to bottle-feed the kids, so you need to milk the doe, or maybe her babies didn't survive.

Some does will consider you one of her kids and let you milk her with no issue whatsoever; others need some encouragement and still others, like my goat Dream, don't want you anywhere near their udder! Here are 8 tips to train your goat to behave on the milking stand.


Worried about kidding season? This round-up of goat posts will help you be prepared and confident.

Heat lamps have always scared me, but goat babies can get chilled very easily and need to be kept warm. I made several coats for my goat kids based on dog coats, but they didn't stay on the kid very well. Finally I found this simple and cheap way to make no-sew goat kid coats. While they're not beautiful, they keep the kids warm and I don't feel bad when they need to be replaced. What a stylish way to help goat kids handle cold weather.


Worried about kidding season? This round-up of goat posts will help you be prepared and confident.

Should you disbud your baby goat kids? Disbudding is the process of removing the goat's horn buds to prevent horns from growing. This post discusses the pros and cons of disbudding so that you can make an informed decision. It's a good idea to decide ahead of time and know how you'll accomplish the dehorning process if that's your plan. Who will do the disbudding: you, a vet, or a goat-owning friend?


Worried about kidding season? This round-up of goat posts will help you be prepared and confident.

Are you new to goats? Maybe you're bringing home your first goats this spring? Here are the ten things I suggest you have on hand when you bring home your goats.



I developed a set of record-keeping forms for my goats, including a basic information sheet, medical record and kidding record sheets. Would they be of help to you too? You can download them for free here: Goat Record Sheets.


Overfeeding bottle baby goats can be life-threatening; you can feed them too much. You'll find information on "floppy kid syndrome" and how to treat it in this article from Onion Creek Ranch



Tell me, what is your biggest question or worry about owning goats? Do you fear a certain possible situation, like I feared a difficult kidding? Leave a comment and let me know.



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If kidding season scares you, these resources will give you confidence and help you be a prepared goat owner.



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4 comments

  1. My biggest worry was fencing to keep them in. I didn't even think of any of this other stuff. Decided I was too old to owning goats but I've encouraged my daughter and family next door to get some. We have lots of blackberries we'd like for them to eat. Interesting post Kathi, Sondra

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    1. Sondra, I hope your daughter and her family have goats for you to enjoy! They do love blackberry plants.

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  2. Great information, Kathi! If I ever decide to try goats again...I will need this info!

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