Kidding Supply List:

- Heat lamps (we get ours from Premier 1)

- Bath towels

- Disposable gloves

- Doggy pads (to put the kids on to keep their umbilical cords clean and less chance of infection)

- Baby suction bulb (for sucking fluid out of kids nose and mouth)

- Iodine (for umbilical cord)

- Rectal thermometer (normal temp. is 101.5-103.5 F)

- Trash bags

- Weight scale (optional)

- Paper towels                                                       

- OB lubricant 

- Barn cameras (if you want to keep watch remotely)

- Alcohol wipes (for wiping hands and things like thermometers)

- Lamb and kid bottle with Pritchard teat/tip

- Weak-kid syringe 

- Injectable B-complex 

- Selenium/ E gel

- Probiotic powder or paste

- Nutri-Drench or molasses w/ water (energy booster)

- Drench gun (have at least a few on hand)

- Vet’s or an experienced goat owner’s number (for emergencies)

Nutritional Supplements for Our Pregnant Does:

These are some supplements that we use for our preggers.

- EZ-Birth Extract (delivery tonic) from Land of Havilah Herbals

- Red Raspberry Leaves (known to help with easier births)

- Herbamins Powder or Extract (vitamin and mineral supplement) from Land of Havilah Herbals

- Probiotic powder or paste

- Free-choice kelp

After a doe gives birth, we will give her a bowl of molasses-water with some vitamin C*, then drench her with Herbamins, EZ-Birth, probiotic and B-complex for recovery. 

*Goats do produce their own Vitamin C naturally, but in times of stress it is quickly depleted, so that’s why we give them more. Plus, it’s hard to overdose since its water soluble.

Milk/ Colostrum Replacer

If possible, try to avoid using powdered, store-bought colostrum and/or milk replacer for kids. It’s very common for kids to get sick or get upset stomachs from it. The mother will only produce colostrum for about 24 hours, so it is crucial that kids get all they can during that time, even if you have to milk some out to bottle-feed the kid. Be sure to keep an eye out for especially weak or small kids to make sure that they get enough milk, especially in multiple births. It’s always a good idea to keep a lamb and kid bottle on hand, whether you need to do supplementary feeding or if you have bottle babies.   

Weak Kids

 If a kid is so weak that it has a hard time jut getting up or doesn’t have sucking reflexes, a weak-kid syringe will have to be used to feed him colostrum. Before feeding him, you can try putting a small amount of honey or molasses mixed with some cayenne on his tongue to “wake him up.” Weak kids can benefit from a B-complex shot, Herbamins Extract, probiotic paste and selenium/ E paste. 

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Breeding and Birthing Tips:

— When breeding goats, be sure that both the buck and doe are in top condition and have no mineral or vitamin deficiencies. It is also good to keep a close eye on the does throughout the pregnancy to make sure that she does not become deficient in something later on, especially during the last two months when the unborn kids are growing the fastest and require more nutrition.

— Selenium, Vitamin E, and Copper are important for fertility in goats. Calcium is also needed, which can be given through alfalfa.

— Gradually stop milking does 6-8 weeks before she is due, if she is currently in milk.

— Udder growth will start 2-4 weeks during the last month of pregnancy. Sometimes does won’t even develop her udder until after she gives birth.

— Keep pregnant does as stress-free as possible and try to keep fights from happening between pregnant does and other goats. This can lead to the pregnant doe to lose the kid or have a miscarriage. Stress during the first three months can also cause the doe to reabsorb the embryo.

— We wait to breed our does at 1 year of age or 1 1/2 years for smaller does. It’s different for each doe.

— NEVER breed a very large buck with a small doe. This can lead to birthing complications.

There are many articles on pregnant goat care out there, but here are some that we’ve found helpful.

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