First time breeding goats.

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by TheChewyCorner, Jan 8, 2021.

  1. TheChewyCorner

    TheChewyCorner Active Member

    Apr 18, 2020
    Thank you so, so much!!! I really appreciate your help and giving me month by month steps!!!
  2. TheChewyCorner

    TheChewyCorner Active Member

    Apr 18, 2020
    Thank you!

  3. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    I did a lot of research to put together my kidding kit and I thought I'd share with you what I have. I haven't kidded yet so I'll let you know if there was anything I wish I had, but I feel very confident with what I put together. I like to have it printed out with boxes I can check in pencil so that if I run out of something I can erase the check mark and know that I need to get more.;)

    Tools and Supplies

    □ Puppy Pee Pads

    □ Dental Floss

    □ Towels

    □ Surgical scissors

    □ Disposable gloves

    □ OB Gloves

    □ Thermometer

    □ Collar

    □ Lead

    □ Tubing Syringe (Stomach tube & 60cc syringe)

    □ Scale (Luggage scale and one of those reusable grocery bags)

    □ 3cc syringes

    □ Needles

    □ Cotton Balls

    □ Paper Towels

    □ Baby Wipes

    □ Empty Feed Bags (4 per doe)

    □ Flashlight

    □ Fingernail Clippers

    □ Nasal Bulb

    □ 1ml Oral syringes

    □ Kid Sweaters

    □ Ketone Strips

    □ Drenching syringe

    □ Pill Bottle for iodine dip

    □ Small Bucket for warm water

    □ Plastic Soda Bottles

    □ Nipples (2 different types)

    □ Vet’s Phone Number

    □ Favorite Goat Care Book

    □ Lamb Puller

    □ Trash Bags

    □ Mastitis indicators

    A humane way to dispatch a doe or a kid if the worst would happen

    Laundry Basket or box to put kids in while attending Mom

    Something to collect extra Colostrum

    Surgical scalpel

    Medicine Etc.

    □ 7% Iodine Solution

    □ Lubricant (J-lube, mineral oil, KY liquid)

    □ Nutri-Drench or Power Punch

    □ Electrolytes

    □ Probiotic Paste

    □ Black Strap Molasses

    □ Colostrum Replacer

    □ Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate

    □ Baking Soda

    □ Penicillin (Procaine G)

    □ Antibacterial Soap or Betadine

    □ BoSe (Rx)

    □ Banamine (Rx)

    □ CMPK Gel

    Vitamin B Complex

    Vitamin E Capsules
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2021
  4. TheChewyCorner

    TheChewyCorner Active Member

    Apr 18, 2020
    Thank you so very much! I appreciate it a lot!!!
  5. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    The only things I’d add is a humane way to put the doe down and surgical scalpel In case of worst happening and you have to get the kids out now.
    Sorry, but it’s a not often mentioned but necessary item. Nobody want to think about it but By being prepared You can at least save the kids if the doe isn’t going to make it.
  6. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Very good points. Thanks GoofyGoat.
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  7. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    I hated to be the bearer of it but it always seems left out.
    Great list BTW, very comprehensive. With the drugs though, I’d have a cheat sheet handy for dosing on the fly. Kidding can make even the most experienced goat herds forget their own names lol. (Don’t ask how I know that one) ;)
  8. TheChewyCorner

    TheChewyCorner Active Member

    Apr 18, 2020
    Okay, thank you.
  9. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    Add to your list (if you'd like) Vitamin B Complex. and Vitamin E gel caps. They help with Bo-Se. The Vit. E in the Bo-Se is a carrier. The additional Gel Cap helps to kick the Selenium. Just cut the end off the gel cap and squirt into the kid or doe's mouth. A Box or laundry tub to put new kids in while attending the mom. May not need it, but it's good to have handy.
    BTW- very good list-
  10. TheChewyCorner

    TheChewyCorner Active Member

    Apr 18, 2020
    Sweet! Thank you very much!!!
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  11. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Just today I realized I had gotten these things and didn't put them on the list!:oops2::bonk:

    I'll edit the list for future users. I also added "something to collect extra colostrum"
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2021
  12. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    Small freezer bags (double bag the ziplocks) work great for colostrum that you want to freeze. Lay flat in the freezer and then you can stack the flat bags in the corner of the freezer and thaw as needed. (measure out the ounces before freezing and thaw in cool water).
  13. JML Farms

    JML Farms Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2020
    Booger County Texas
    YES! Excellent resource here! Also check out the YouTube channel Delci a life of heritage. She has lots of great information for raising milk goats. Your greatest asset in raising goats is education!!! Read and research all you can. Goats are a joy to own and experiencing the birth of new babies can be just as heartbreaking as rewarding if you are unprepared. Good luck
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  14. Hounddog23

    Hounddog23 Member

    Jan 13, 2021
    Cleveland, Tx
    After 20 days of pregnancy you can hear a heartbeat externally with a stethoscope doesnt havs to bs a fancy ons either for example Tractor supply has them. Thats how i check mine after signs of heat
  15. TheChewyCorner

    TheChewyCorner Active Member

    Apr 18, 2020
    Sweet! Thank you!!!
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  16. TheChewyCorner

    TheChewyCorner Active Member

    Apr 18, 2020
    That is really good to know! Thank you so much!!!
  17. GodsGarden

    GodsGarden Active Member

    Feb 6, 2015
    Wow! That is a good list. I don't have much to add and think I might add some from yours to mine. I think these are the only ones on my kidding list that aren't on yours and maybe some thoughts on different things you can use instead.

    For absorbent I usually just use paper towels and towels. Feed bags and other things can make to much noise for some does. And puppy pads can smell.
    Flashlight – my head lamp, lamp, flashlight. Extra batteries somewhere. Have a place to hang lamp in kidding stall. I love my lamp. Love, love, love it.
    Olive oil, in squirt bottle. A good natural lubricant that the mother won't mind if it gets on baby.
    Alcohol, I like the little pads that make it easy to wipe down the whole tummy button. :)
    Scissors, bandage scissors with blunt end so I can't poke anything, super sharp for cutting.

    Soup, unscented and as natural as possible
    Warm water in bucket - I keep this bucket where the warm water is for access.
    Exam gloves
    Hair tie, for me :) Having long hair I need to make sure I can keep it out of the way.

    Bottle and nipple - Human baby bottles with taller nipple. My kids have always liked them better.
    Thermometer - a human child rectal works very well for goat kids
    Blanket: baby(s) and mom. If mom gets worn out and needs help staying warm.
    Collar and leash, place a snap on the end of the leash or collar makes it easy to snap mom to fence or somewhere for quick securing.
    Cord for assisting birth. Have a soft cotton clothes line.
    Heated blanket - Love this for chilled kids. They can lay on it and it gives off heat and mom can keep licking them. Also great to wrap them up in it for a warm. Like having towels fresh out of the dryer yet always there.

    Then I like to have a place inside for bottle babies or in case it gets to cold outside at night for newborns. For bottle babies then I don't have to go outside to feed them at night.

    adjustable dog pen
    I place the tarp down on the floor and turn up the edges. Crate goes inside and dog pen around but inside tarp edges. Then down goes the shavings which smell great and are very absorbent. A safe place for kids and they can go in the crate to sleep.

    For the med kit you could also consider adding multi vitamins, vit C, and a green drink. I used a human green drink made from vegies and fruits for a doe that went off food.

    I place my kidding kit in a tote that I can carry. Stays clean easier and keeps everything more organized then a bag. I also put everything into its own individual bag. Keeps it clean if it is dropped while looking for something else and I only have to clean the bag not the whole individual pieces between kiddings, if it isn't used.

    And to finish, don't freak out all the whole long lists, lol. Most of the time you don't even use everything. Kiddings are really fun and such a blessing to see babies born. Hope you have a joy with yours.
  18. TheChewyCorner

    TheChewyCorner Active Member

    Apr 18, 2020
    Thank you so very much!!!
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