Are You Kidding -Goat Kit
After experiencing kidding two years in a row I thought it would be a good idea to vamp up this post. I am adding to the original post things that I have learned through our experiences. At the time of this update we are 6-8 days away from Feta’s third kidding. We eagerly await the birth of our new bouncing baby goats. (2017)
If you are keeping up with Feta the goat you know that we recently bred her. In anticipation of her kidding, I read and watched anything I could, that has to do with goats. Goats kidding, milking, labor, and so on. After my research I decided I needed to make a kit for when Feta kids. I started pulling all the supplies together and put them in a box labeled, “Are You Kidding?” -Goat Kit. (2015)
I know you thought I would put it all in a basket but this tote might keep things more clean.
If your goat is about to kid, it might be helpful to gather the following list of supplies into a box ready for the big day. I only got a handful of these items purchased when Feta kidded early! Apparently she became accustomed to the buck more quickly than we had originally thought. Good thing we didn’t need half the items. Feta had a smooth kidding of two bucklings. I now have the kit for next time.
- Towels and Washcloths
- Betadine Wash
- Iodine Tincture (7%)
- Spray bottle
- O.B. Lube
- Dental Floss (if you need to tie of umbilical cord)
- Toothbrush (just kidding)
- Blunt End Scissors (if you need to cut the umbilical cord)
- Nasal Aspirator
After kidding your doe will need a boost of energy. We mix a cup of blackstrap molasses with a gallon of nice warm water. The sugar content will boost her energy and the water will ensure she is hydrated. Molassas also contains vitamin B6, manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron and selenium which will aid in recovery and milk production. (2017)
Our second go around we used a video baby monitor to keep an eye out on Feta I highly recommend this. I was able to take a peek at her during the days that I was away from the house. It also saved me the back and forth trips out to check on her.
Another item that is good to have around is a clean bucket. In case you need to wash up to assist. It will not fit in the “Are You Kidding Box” I chose.
There are so many more items you can get just make your kit custom to you and the needs of your doe.
Here are some pictures of Feta’s first kidding. New life of any kind is a beautiful thing!
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