I am waiting on a baby any day. Any tips on what meds/vacs/etc to give them immediately after birth...to mom & baby?? Just wanna do everyti g right. So afraid I'm going to do something wrong or forget something!
We dont do anything for babies except dip navels in 7% iodine. And BoSe only if needed.
We dont leave till kids have found the teats.
The new mama will enjoy a good drink from almost hot bucket of mollasses water. After a day or two she probably wont need/want it.
Worm the doe as soon as everyone is settled in, then again 10 days later. We use 1% Ivermectin injectable done orally.
Believe me Keren, I have NO experience with does eating placentas, so I was just writing what I read! They also say that does will go off of feed when labor is approaching... But our does still eat between contractions, so...? I guess some does are just special
You probably should get some Bo-Se, I dip umbilicals and clean up (I don't want my does to eat the whole placenta), I then, go have a cup of coffee, for about an hour. Then I go back out and make sure babies are nursing. Trying to help them is almost impossible...most of the time the doe is an excellent teacher. Have you ever seen one push the baby through her front legs and then stand "stock still" for them to find the teat? It's so cute. Anyway, after an hour, I go back out and watch them nurse. Be sure you have cleaned the "wax plug" out of the teat.
Be sure to get the navel dipped in iodine (I must have 4 or 5 bottles, lol), you don't want to have to treat "navel ill". Good luck! Watch some videos of goat births, youtube is a great resource. Don't be afraid to "help" your girl...sometimes I watch those videos and I say "geesh, help that kid out, already"!
She is so pretty!
I know the anticipation is probably driving you nuts! LoL
I KNEW my 2 girls's due-dates, and I was still excited when waiting.
One delivered on her due-date, the other was a day early.
Good luck, and hope the mother and kids will be healthy!