Goat Birthing Checklist: How to Prep for Goat Kidding Season


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When most people think of goats, they immediately envision adorable goat kids jumping and running and, of course, yelling. Their cuteness is definitely the first thing that comes to mind and for good reason. Baby goat kids are simply one of the best things on a farm. Another great thing about baby dairy goats is a kitchen full of fresh and delicious goat milk— something you can only get after the kids arrive. 

If you are brand new to having goats, you may be a bit apprehensive about your pregnant does and that is why prepping for kidding season is so important. Make sure you have everything you need before your goats begin to kid, and you will be better prepared for anything that can and may happen. 

Now before I dive in, please know that 90% of all goat kiddings happen without our intervention. This means you should not step in and help unless you feel that you must. With that being said, having tools ready in case you are needed is a requirement of any responsible homesteader for any type of livestock. 

Goat Birthing Checklist

Set Up a Goat Birthing Kit

A goat birthing kit is simply a collection of items you (may) need when your goat is kidding—a few essential items to have on hand that you can grab and go when you see that your help is needed. I like to keep our kit in a plastic tote with a secure lid that is clearly labeled. This way no matter who is retrieving it, they will be able to find it quickly and easily. 

Medications, vitamins, towels, gloves, and a goat puller are just a few important items to have in your kit. You can find my full birthing kit here so you can prep your own tote for kidding season. 

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