Grab and Go Kidding Kit

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When it comes to kidding season, it can turn life upside down fast. Most often kidding, is a pretty stressful time for any goat parent, whether seasoned or not. Having the correct equipment and medications on-hand will make life easier. No two births are the same. Therefore, different items may be needed depending upon the circumstances. 

Photo by Author: A multitude of items.

Must Haves:

  • A grab and go toolbox is essential in staying organized and prepared during stressful events. Making sure to clean and restock between birthing events is crucial. 
  • Vitamin B paste is exceptional for both the mom and babies for an extra boost of energy and to increase appetite. 
  • Selenium Vitamin E paste is provided when a baby is born with weak legs. Though ordinarily unnecessary since routinely wobbly legs for the first few days of a kid’s life is not unusual. Often it is caused by the transference of hormones from mother to kid and fades off within a few days. This hormone can also cause droopy ears in kids. 
  • Molasses is a great addition; it gives the mother a boost of vitality. I add enough molasses to obtain a weak tea color. 
  • Electrolytes are exceptional to keep in the kit to aid a frail, exhausted, or worn-out doe. 
  • Nasal Aspirator is utilized to remove mucus from the mouth and nose of kids after birth. It is a fundamental item and should be in all kits. 
  • Unwaxed dental floss or naval clamp used for tieing off long umbilical cords before trimming. 
  • Iodine Solution is applied to umbilical cords for the first few days after kidding to prevent infections. 
  • OB lube is required when intervention becomes unavoidable during the birth process. Never enter a doe dry as it can cause great harm. 
  • Sterile gloves are fabulous to have on hand when intervention is needed. Ob length is ideal, but any length will work. 
  • Small sharp scissors are exceptional to have on hand to trim lengthy umbilical cords. 
  • Thermometers (2) should be kept in the event a doe or kid’s temperature is in question. 

Remarkable things to have:

  • Preparation H is incredible to have on hand when a rough delivery has left a doe with swelling and soreness on her lady parts. 
  • OB snare is a stock item placed in birthing kits though not readily used or needed. 
  • Nail clippers are helpful to have handy if you need to trim your nails before aiding in a birth. Always make sure nails are freshly trimmed short before assisting a doe. 
  • Stethoscopes are great for trying to listen to a babie’s heart beat or checking for additional kids.

Photo by Author: Using the Nasal Aspirator 

Other items to keep on hand but do not need to be placed in the emergency kit.

  • La-200 for potential uterine infections. Most often unneeded for common birthings. 
  • Multi-use wormer such as Ivermectin sheep drenches for use on the new mother 24 hrs after delivery to help combat worm bloom. 
  • Ketone strips are used in diagnosing possible (acetoacetic acid/ketosis) in the urine, which can be life-threatening if left untreated. 
  • Propylene Glycol to treat (acetoacetic acid/ketosis).
  • Colostrum for the new baby(ies) if mother rejects, is too weak, or is unable to nurse. 
  • Baby bottles should be kept on hand for the same reasons listed in the above sentence.
  • Goat Mineral is always vital but even more so after birthing has depleted essential vitamins and nutrients. 

Photo by Author: It takes a lot of towels to dry a baby. 

A well-prepared birthing box will make kidding easier and less hectic. The addition of a bag filled with clean towels is an exceptional bonus to have on hand. A minimum of four or five freshly laundered towels for each kidding is a good rule of thumb. If you are expecting more than two kids, a few extra towels are warranted. Now most important, a bottle of your favorite wine, alcohol, or beer, you just survived another kidding you deserve it! Bask in the glory and awe of the miracle of life for a few moments. Now restock your kit and get ready for the next one.