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** Kidding Kit **
Phone number of vet or someone with goat experience in case you need help.
Pen and notebook to write down kidding date and time, order of birth, birth weights and any unusual events, delivery problems etc.
Empty feed bags, newspapers are good for does to kid on to catch the goo. Puppy potty pads are also nice to have to have a dry absorbent spot to place babies on.
Garbage bags or feed sacks to toss used, wet newspaper & feed sacks into after use.
Old towels and rags to dry babies off with. Wipe the worse of the birthing goo off first with newspaper or feed sacks as that goo really sticks to the towels.
In cold climates a blow dryer to get babies dry and warm fast!
A small box that you can place babies in while working on getting their siblings dry with a nice old fashioned hot water bottle in it is nice to have if you are kidding in sub-zero temperatures. Cold babies turn into weak, limp babies really fast. To prevent having kidsicles you need to get those babies dry and warm as quickly as possible. Pay special attention to hoofs and ears as these will get frostbitten quickly in frigid temps if left damp.
Small breed doggy sweaters are nice for smaller kids born in winter temps especially during those first 24 hours when they have a hard time maintaining and producing their own body heat.
Dental floss to tie off cords
Strong iodine, 7% is preferred
Small cup, to dip cords into the iodine
Baby nasal syringe to suck fluid out of kid’s nose and mouth if needed.
Purell or other antibacterial hand product, betadine and latex gloves in case it is necessary to go inside the doe and go after or reposition kids.
Warm water and soap obviously can’t be kept in a kit ahead of time but should be able to be rounded up quickly if needed.
OB Lube, again in case you need to go inside the doe.
Stomach tube and syringe in case you need to tube feed a weak kid, use the lamb size tubing. Soft rubber tubing is much nicer to work with than plastic. If using a plastic tube soak it in hot water first to help soften it.
Dextrose 50% Solution. Nutri-Drench is also good to have on hand for a quick energy source as a small amount placed in the kids mouth will absorb through the cheek lining. Around here we use 2-5 cc’s of strong black coffee and 1-2 cc’s of molasses for a quick energy boost for cold weak kids.
Wet Wipes and paper towels are nice to have on hand also.
Items from the vet that are nice to have on hand for your does since problems seem to arise when the vet office is closed: Oxytocin, Dexamethazone, Lutylace, Calcium Glutamate