Friday, January 29, 2010

Kidding - More Kids!

Yes!  It has been a rather busy week!

After the overwhelming rush of deliveries on Sunday the 24th ... the does that were a little over due decided to get into the action.  I'm sure glad Mom had washed and dried all the towels we used to dry all the kids that were born on Sunday!  I put them to use first thing Monday morning.

On Monday morning, the 25th, as soon as I got out to the barn ... I heard Holly groaning and pushing.  This is her 3rd freshening and had an easy time delivering two beautiful big does!

Holly and her doelings

I usually go into town on Mondays for feed and supplies.  So, after checking on the does in the kidding pens and out in the goat yards, Mom and I headed into town.

As soon as we drove into the driveway and started unloading the groceries, Ray came out and said that Nellie was getting ready to have kids.  I ran inside to change clothes and then out to the barn.  Yes, kidding can be very messy and I didn't want to get my "town clothes" that messy.  ;D

Nellie was just pushing out the first little doe when I got to the barn.  Here we are drying her off.

Nellie, me and baby

Here she is with all three of her little does... yes 3 little does.  Yea!

Nellie and her girls!

The next morning, Tuesday the 26th, my Daughter and Grandsons were coming for a visit and to see the new kids.  So I got out to the barn early to check on everyone and to get the feeding and chores done early to be able to spend lots of time with them.  Everything seemed quiet in the barn so I got into the shower in time to be clean before they arrived.

Misty decided this was a great time to have her kids.  Ray went out to check on them and helped her deliver her kids.  He came in to let me know that she had a doe and a buck.  He told me that he had helped pull one and dried them off... but that I could clean up the kidding stall with all that mucus and birth stuff out there!  LOL!  Thanks, Ray! 

I went out to finish up with Misty's kids and clean up the pen.  So much for being clean when my Daughter and Grandsons arrived !!

Misty and her kids

That's about the time I heard Lilah pushing over in one of the kidding pens on the other side of the barn.  Okay - I really was not going to be clean when they got here!  Lilah easily delivered a beautiful buck and doe.

Lilah and her kids

While I was with Lilah .. I noticed that Emily (who was in the pen next to Lilah) had a large bubble of birth fluid behind her.  This was exciting because Emily has been down since we were fighting Pregnancy toxemia and ketosis for several weeks.  She literally had not been able to stand on her own.  (See the post on Dealing with Pregnancy Toxemia and Ketosis for more details.)  She was finally going to deliver her kids! Yea!

By the time Lilah had delivered her kids, my Daughter and Grandsons had arrived.  We had lots of fun checking out the all of the new kids.

My Daughter and Valery's kids

My middle Grandson petting the goats


My oldest Grandson holding Sweet Pea's baby - his favorite

I had been keeping an eye on Emily all the time my Grandsons were out in the barn.  I figured that I'd have to help her deliver the babies, since she had lost so much muscle tone with being down so long.

When the boys decided to go into the house, I took the opportunity to assist with delivering Emily's kids.  I knew these kinds of deliveries can get really messy and unpleasant at times ... so I was glad they decided to go into the house to play with my Mom and have a little lunch.

I hung towels over the side of Emily's pen to dry the kids with and got my kidding kit where I could reach it.  I got as comfortable as I could behind her.  I broke the water sack and gently reached inside her to find the babies.

The first one had his front feet right there ready to deliver, but they were upside down ... his stomach was up and his back was down.  I couldn't feel his head anywhere and he was twisted in his cord.  I was up to my elbow inside her trying to get his head pointing nose forward on his legs so he could be delivered.

Since he was upside down ... every time I could get his head positioned correctly and pulled his legs to get him out ... his head would slip back down into her body.  So, I knew I would have to turn him upright to get him delivered.  I did this by pushing on her side where he was to push him over and using my hand that was inside her to roll him over.  With him finally in an upright position ... his head stayed pointing out when I got it repositioned again ... I got him pulled out.

I cleared the mucus and fluid from his face and hung him upside down for a little bit to clear his airways and he started breathing fine.  I laid him up beside Emily's head so she could lick him off while I went back inside to pull the other babies out.

I found two back legs next and pulled the second baby buck out.  I cleared his face of mucus and fluids and laid him with his head angled down for Emily to lick.  She was doing a fine job of cleaning them up!

I went in again to get the next kid.  Once again  it was two back feet.  I pulled the little doe out and got her face cleared so she could breath.

My Daughter came back out to the barn at about this time to check on me and found me in the middle of this mess!  I'm glad the boys had decided to stay in the house a little longer.

After laying the little doe by her momma to lick, I slipped my arm back inside her to be sure there weren't any more babies in there. 

Then I checked the other two to be sure they were doing okay.  The second buck didn't look like he was breathing yet ... so I hung him upside down again and lots of fluid drained from his mouth and nose.  As I held him upside down, we noticed that he sounded like a bag full of water sloshing around inside.  I started pressing his stomach and LOTS of fluid came out of his mouth and nose.  He was full of fluid in both his stomach and lungs.  I was never able to get his airways cleared for him to breath.... we lost that one.

After all the time Emily had been down and sick, I am very thankful for the two live healthy kids we have from her.  Here they are with her right after drying them off.


 
Emily and her kids

Since it was a little chilly ... okay it was cold ... we put kid coats on Emily's kids.  Here they are dressed for the weather!

Emily's kids in coats

The goats gave us the rest of the afternoon to visit and get other things done.  I was glad for the break!

When I went out to do evening chores, I heard Caylin starting to push.  So, evening chores got delayed for a while.  She delivered a baby buck without too much difficulty.  Here they are.

Caylin and her little boy

There's only one doe left to deliver in this round of kidding.   Pearl is due on Monday the 1st of February.  I think I'll bring her into a kidding pen on Saturday to let her get settled in.

The next group of 7 does have due dates of February 13th, 14th, and 15th.  That should make for an interesting Valentines weekend!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Kidding - Lots of Kids!

Yes, Kidding Season is officially here !!

In the photos below ... you'll see that I have Alpine, Nubian,  and LaMancha  does and one Toggenburg.  Some people ask me about the LaMancha's ears.  One lady asked me why I trimmed their ears?  And a little boy asked his dad "Why does she cut their ears off?"  If you're not familiar with LaMancha's their tiny ears may look funny, but I find them adorable!

Myrtle delivered 3 kids on the 21st. (see the earlier post for the whole story)  Here are a couple of new photos of her kids.  They play, dance and jump all over their pen and all over her!


Myrtle's Kids Playing

Then they crash out for an extended nap!


Myrtle's kids napping

Early on Friday morning the 22nd I checked all the does at 5:30 and all was fine so I came back in to get a little more sleep.  Then Mom went out to check them around 7:00 and rushed back to the house ...  she finally got my attention when I stepped out of the shower to let me know that a doe was in labor in the LaMancha pen! I got out there as soon as I could get dressed and sure enough ... Opal had just delivered a little buck.  The LaMancha girls are not due until next Tuesday the 27th at the very earliest ... the buck wasn't even in the pen to have due dates earlier than that!



Opal's little boy

All the does gave me a break on Saturday ... it was a good thing too!  I only had 6 kidding pens ready and many more does ready to deliver!  I still had 6 kidding pens to get finished!!  So, by the end of Saturday I was finished with the kidding pens.  They all had fresh bedding,  feed and water buckets ... as well as the heat lamps in place.

About the time I had all of this finished ... it looked like Emily was in early labor.  (See the post on Pregnancy Toximia and Ketosis for the whole story about Emily)  She was stretching her back legs and groaning every once in a while.  So I sat with her for a while.  Then I got the sleeping bag out and laid down beside her.  False alarm !!  She eventually got comfortable and went to sleep around 3AM so I came inside to get warm and some sleep!

I sure wish I had gotten more sleep because Sunday was the day they decided was Delivery Day!

I got up around 6:45 to go check on them and found Tina ... who is not due until the 27th ... had just delivered a kid in the middle large doe pen.  I got them moved into a kidding pen ... dried off the little doe and went on to check Valery who had also just kidded.


Tina's doe

Valery had also just had two beautiful kids when I got out to the barn ... one buck and one doe.  They were almost dry when I got there.  I gave them their BoSe and dipped their navel cords in iodine.  I always make sure each kid has nursed and gotten their colostrum before giving them the BoSe.  I gave Valery a shot of Oxitosin to make sure she passed all of her placenta without retaining any of it.  I also gave her a BoSe shot and an oral dose of CalMagCo.  (see the earlier post on Getting the Kidding Kit ready for more details on these)


Valery's kids

Tina looked like she still had a kid inside of her.  I went back to her pen to give her a shot of Oxitosin to help with her contractions.  She did start pushing again and this time had trouble with the kid.  I didn't see the front feet and nose coming, but only the top of the head and one front foot.  This was a new one for me.  I knew I would have to assist her since she was having a very hard time pushing out the top of the head.  I slipped my hand in beside the head... trying to get the nose to come first.  But couldn't get it repositioned.  So, I helped spread her skin when she pushed.  We eventually did get the little buck delivered, but I never did get him to breath.

I gave the little doe her BoSe and dipped her navel cord in iodine after she had her tummy full of momma's colostrum.  I also gave Tina a BoSe shot and an oral dose of CalMagCo. And then they both took a nap!


Nap time

By this time Heather was in pushing labor over in one of the kidding pens.  She had one buck and one doe ... an easy delivery.  Whew!  After the delivery with Tina I was glad Heather delivered so easily!


Heather's Kids


Heather and kids

Before I had time to dip the navel cords in iodine of Heather's kids .... Hazel was in pushing labor!  I would have to come back to finish with Heather's kids.

I grabbed a clean towel and ran over to Hazel's kidding pen just in time to catch the little doe that was just slipping to the ground ... she delivered standing up.  I cleared her face and nose of the mucus and fluid.  As I was drying her off the second kid was born quickly and easily ... a little buck.  I got them dried off .... they nursed and got their BoSe and cord dipped.  I gave Hazel 2cc Oxitosin, BoSe and CalMagCo.


Hazel and Kids


Hazel's kids napping

After I had Hazel's kids taken care of ... I intended to go back to Heather's pen and finish taking care of her kids ... but Chloie had other plans for me!

Chloie started pushing so I stayed with her until she delivered her little doe.

 
Chloie and kid

After getting Chloie and her little doe taken care of .... I was finally able to get over to Heather and finish taking care of her and her kids!  All of this before noon!  Whew!

Everything settled down enough for me to finally get the morning feeding and chores done.

Dawnnell from Ms Cowboy came over for a visit and to see the kids for a while in the afternoon.  It was a good visit and a good break from kidding!

When I came out to the barn for evening chores and to check on everyone ... Sweet Pea was in early labor.  She is a first freshener and I wanted to be sure she delivered alright ... so I kept an eye on her while I did all the evening feeding and chores.  By the time I was finished, she was pushing.  It was hard for her to have her first doe kid ... but with me helping by pulling on the baby's two front legs ... she finally delivered just fine.  Here's a photo of us all resting just after delivery.


Sweet Pea, me and baby doe resting

By the time I got them taken care of ... it was about midnight.  I was ready for a shower and some sleep!

Then this morning (Monday the 25th) when I got out to the barn, Holly was starting pushing labor, this is her 3rd freshening and had an easy time delivering two beautiful big does! 


Holly and kids

They finally gave me enough of a break to post their photos!  I hope you all enjoy them!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Kidding ... Myrtle's Surprise

When I went out to the barn to check on the does in the kidding pens this morning at 5am, I had quite a surprise to see 2 kids out in the big doe yard.  None of the does out there should be due for several more days!


Babies!

Anyway ... here in the dim light of the overhead light was two beautiful Nubian kids.  Myrtle had kidded only a few minutes before I got to the barn.  It was still dark and raining pretty hard this morning and they were all under cover in the barn shed.

I hurried around to the door and scooped the kids up to take them and Myrtle into a kidding pen so they could be safely together without having to worry about the other does.  I looked around to be sure there were only 2 kids ... I sure thought she had been big enough to have 3.  But, I didn't see any more.  I had to look twice in the corner but it was only a chicken.

So, I brought Myrtle and the 2 kids inside to get them settled into a kidding pen. She had 1 doe and 1 buck.


 
Kids getting their Colostrum

After getting them inside and dried off, I gave Myrtle shots of BoSe and IvermecPlus.  I gave her a drench syringe of diluted CalMagCo gel and a bucket of warm water.  After the kids had their fill of momma's colostrum, I gave them 1/2cc BoSe orally and dipped their navel cords into iodine.

They all settled in under the heat lamp for a nap.




Myrtle and Kids resting

By this time it was almost 6am ... and since none of the other does in the kidding pens were showing any signs of being in labor ... I decided to head back into the house for a warm shower.

A couple of hours later ... when the rain had let up ... Mom went out to the barn to check out the new kids.  When she got back to the house, she told me that she thought she heard a kid crying out behind the barn.  She thought her ears were playing tricks on her.  But ... since the kids were born out in the big doe yard ... I knew that there could be one of Myrtle's kids still out there somewhere.  I ran out ... well ... maybe not ran ... but, I walked fast ... out and around the barn.

Sure enough, there was a little Nubian kid standing beside the big water trough!  Talk about a morning of surprises!  There was Myrtle's third kid.

She had been around the corner of the shed and I hadn't seen her earlier.  She was a little wet and chilly, but otherwise okay.  I got her wrapped into a towel and brought her into the house to show Mom the little girl that she had saved by letting me know she had heard her cries.  I'm really glad Mom heard her!

Then I took her to the pen with Myrtle and her sister and brother.  She got her tummy full of warm colostrum and then I gave her BoSe and dipped her navel cord in iodine.


Family Reunion

I held her for a while to help her warm up.  They are all doing great this evening! 

2010 Kidding Season is officially here at Granny's Best Goat Dairy!

Since Mom has been such a help with watching the does for signs of labor and found Myrtle's little girl, I asked her to write her thoughts about it.  Here's what Mom has to say about it:

I just gotta tell you of the fun I have had the past two days, here on the farm.
Yesterday morning it had been raining since 3:30 in the morning. Brenda felt she should get up early, and went out at 5 a.m. I heard her come back in and she said Myrtle has 2 babies.
So I couldn't wait of course to go see them. So at 9:30 it finally quit raining, so I went out to see them. They were so tiny and cute. I stood and watched them for quiet awhile. Then I checked the does out and all looked ok, so I was ready to come back to the house when I heard a baby crying a far off, towards the other side of the barn, or outside somewhere.  I couldn't beleive what I heard, it couldn't be really a baby kid. I looked at Myrtle's 2 babies and told myself that the crying did not come from them, but towards the other end of the barn, behind me.  It only cried about 3 quick times and had stopped when I went to check on the does again. So I told myself that maybe it was a fluke cause I didn't hear it anymore.
So I came back to the house, and Brenda was having breakfast. I hated to tell her of a baby crying, cause I didn't beleive there could be a lost baby out there anywhere.
So I just told her that all the does were fine. But I decided I had to tell her of the strange thing I heard, a far off babie's cry, but it stopped and I couldn't find it.
She then told me that Myrtle looked big enough to have triplets but only had 2. It was pretty dark when she went out at 5, so she said she only saw 2, but she better go look.  So she went back out and came back inside in a few minutes. She had a towel bundled up in her arms. She sat down in the chair and said, "Mom, look at what you saved."  She then lifted the towel back a littlle and I saw another precious brown baby girl. It was Myrtles 3rd. baby, the lost baby I had hear crying for her Mama.
Brenda told me that it was out behind the barn nuzzling the water tank. I bet it was thinking about that cold water tank, wondering what a strange looking mother it was. lol  So Myrtle had 3 babies, and so cute.
Then this morning I had another excitement. After she went out at 5:30 to go to the barn on the first labor watch for the day and all was well. I decided I would wait til around 10a.m to go on another watch in the barn, since my legs get worn out walking very far, I didn't want to go back so early. But I went out to feed the outside dogs, and I figured since that is almost half way to the barn, I may as well go on out to see the 3 babies.
So off I went. I stood there watching the babies for a few minutes and went and checked out the other does and all looked ok, so I came back to watch the babies, getting ready to come back to the house, when one of the does in the middle corral pen made some sort of a weird noise  I did not recognize. So I had to go back there and check it out. I stood there a moment looking at each of them and nothing happened.
Then all of a sudden I noticed Opal was pushing.  So I rushed back to the house and hollered upstairs to Brenda, but she didn't answer, then I heard the shower going up there. Now I had to figure a way to get her attention up there on the second floor. I thought of going and getting the broom to bang up there on the ceiling which would be under her bathroom, but I got the fly swatter instead, but it wouldn't reach the ceiling. I had this emergency and I couldn't get her attention to go out and help Opal. I am not strong enough to do much but pass the word on to her.
So I heard the water had stopped and the shower door had opened, so my only hope was to holler up that way thru the floor and hope she could hear me.
So I hollered and hollered and finally she heard me. So she got dressed and out there she went. I told her where the doe was and it looked like she was in labor....maybe.
So in a few minutes, curiosity got the best of me, so I went back out to see if I was right. There I found Brenda, and she had gotten Opal to a kidding pen and a newborn white boy baby. He is solid snow white. She said that the baby was already born when she got out there.
So she really was in labor.  Brenda told me that I have got to quit doubting what I think is going on. But I always want to make absolute sure. lol

Another exciting day on the farm, during "labor watch", and I am sure there will be plenty more. - Mother

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

On Labor Watch ...

Here we are ... down to the wire with Kidding Season 2010.  We have 3 does in the freshly cleaned kidding pens ...  Watching and anticipating the new kids!  I like to put them into the kidding pen a day or so before their due date so they can get comfortable there.

So ... now we're on Labor Watch ... just waiting for the signs that will tell us that labor has started and delivery of the kids will be soon!

Here are a few of the things we watch for to let us know that labor has begun or will begin very soon:

The ligaments just above the base of the tail seem to almost disappear several days to weeks before the due date.  Normally you would feel ligaments about the size of your little finger along this area, but they loosen in preparation for delivery and your fingers can almost circle the top of the tail bone.


Tail Ligaments Loose

You might notice the hair on the tail getting sticky and if you're lucky you'll see the white mucus plug coming from the doe's vulva.  This usually happens a week or two before labor, but could be closer to the due date.

The udder will usually start looking full several days before the due date, but a day or so before labor starts, it will look very swollen ... as if it couldn't hold any more.  The teats will be full and the skin on the udder will be almost shiny.


Full Tight Udder

Sometimes the doe will "talk" to her belly.  I think she's telling the kids it's time to come on out!


Talking to kids

 Something I've noticed the past couple of years is that the doe will hardly touch her food just hours before starting labor.  If she doesn't eat her grain in the morning, I can almost bet she'll deliver that day.  Or, if she doesn't want her evening grain or hay, she'll probably have the kids that night.

When she's in early labor ... if she's not in a kidding pen by herself ...  she'll usually go off by herself ... away from the other goats.   If you see a doe (that is showing other signs of being close to her due date) go off by herself ... she's probably in early labor.  She may even put her head in a corner since she doesn't want to be bothered.


Separating from other goats

As the early labor progresses, she gets very uncomfortable.  She'll stand up ... lay down ... stand up ... paw the ground ... lay down .... over and over.  This may be an hour or two or more before pushing labor starts.


Uncomfortable

Almost always, there will be a stream of white/cream colored gel.  This means that delivery will be very soon.  It shouldn't be hours from this point ... only minutes.


White Gel

If the gel is red or brownish in color ... this is not good.  There's something wrong and you'll want to have an experienced person with you in case of problems with the delivery or go to the Vet.  The photo below is of Bell during my first kidding season in 2008.  She had a dead kid inside her ... along with two healthy kids.  For more details on this delivery ... see my post on My First Kidding Season - Bell.


Brown Gel

The doe will push and strain as labor progresses.  Usually with her back legs pushed out straight.  She will probably make some loud groaning noises as she pushes with the contractions. 


Pushing

This phase of labor should not last very long.  If it lasts more than an hour or so ... you might want to take the doe to the vet for help.  Maybe even sooner, if she's pushing hard with no signs of delivery.


Pushing

You should see a bubble shortly after pushing labor starts.  Be prepared for a lot of fluid when this bubble breaks!


Water Sack Bubble

Here comes the feet and nose.  This is a perfect normal presentation with the nose just on the far side of the feet.  The kid will be out with only a few more pushes and it will be time to dry her off and be ready for the next one!


Feet and Nose

Delivery Advice - from my past kidding experiences:

If you see only the two font feet (you'll know it's the front feet if they're pointing soles down) and no nose coming out with them ... you'll have to reach inside to find the nose and align it to the front so it can come out with the front feet.  You may have to break the water sack if it doesn't break on it's own.

If you see only the two back feet (you'll know it's the back feet if they're pointing soles up) It would be best to help pull them to get the kid delivered quickly... since the head is still in there and needs to breath.

If you see only the head and no front feet ... DO NOT push the head back in to find the feet.  The most important thing to have out is the head since kid has to breath.  It is much easier to reach in and down in front of the head (after it is out) to pull the front feet out to be born along with the head than it is to lose the head by pushing it back in to find the front feet.  DO NOT pull on the head without getting the front feet out first.  The shoulders are too big to come through with the legs tucked under and you could break the kid's neck.

If you see only the butt, you'll have to reach in and pull the back leg(s) out in order to deliver the kid.

The most important thing is to stay calm.  The doe depends on you to help her safely deliver the kids if she's having trouble.

I pray that you all have a safe kidding season!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Getting the Kidding Kit Ready

Since the due date for my first does to kid is in only 2 days ... I spent the afternoon making sure everything I'll need is in the Kidding Kit.  I put everything in a large bucket with a sturdy handle.  This lets me carry it easily and hang it on a hook above the inquiring explorations of any goats.  But, still keep in handy reach for myself.



 My Kidding Kit

 The medications I keep in the kit or in the fridge (easy to grab when needed) are these:


Medications

 I keep BoSe a Selenium/Vita E supplement in the kit.  It doesn't need to be refrigerated and must be obtained from the vet.  This is used to prevent white muscle disease in areas of the country that are selenium deficient.  I live in a selenium deficient area in southern Missouri.  Too much selenium is toxic and too little can also cause death due to weakness of muscles ... including the heart.  You might want to check with your vet before supplementing with selenium.   I give the newborn kids 1/2cc of the BoSe orally and the doe 1cc SQ per 100 lbs body weight.

I usually put each of the medications with the syringe in a zip bag.  That way I don't accidentally mix up a syringe with a different medication. This helps keep them clean too ... especially out in the barn!


 BoSe with syringe in a zip bag

I keep Oxytocin in the kit and give the doe 2cc IM just after they have delivered their last kid to prevent her from retaining the placenta.  Oxytocin is a hormone produced naturally by the doe that causes the uterus to contract.  I have not had any trouble with retained placentas since starting the habit of giving the doe the Oxytocin at the end of delivery.  If a doe is having a very slow unproductive labor, I'll give her the 2cc shot to speed up the delivery and make the contractions productive.  If I give her the shot during labor, I do not give her more after delivery.  A small dose (1/2cc IM) can also help a doe let down her milk

I keep Lutalyse in the kit and give the doe 1 to 2cc IM only if they have retained their placenta.  This natural hormone will cause them to cycle and clean out their uterus. It is a little harsh, but effective ... and much better than a retained placenta decomposing inside of them ... causing all sorts of problems!

I have Penicillin in the fridge just in case I have to assist with a difficult delivery by entering the doe to help position or pull a kid during delivery.  I give 6cc SQ or IM to prevent infection.

I like to use the kind of syringe that the needles screw onto instead of push onto. This keeps the needle more secure when administering medications.  I prefer using 18 gauge 3/4 inch needles for the goats.

I have Nutra-Cal in the kit just in case a newborn kid is weak and needs an energy boost for survival.  An excellent alternative to the Nutra-Cal is the Magic mixture of  1 part Molasses, 2 parts Corn syrup, 1 part Corn oil.  I keep this on hand all the time.  It is amazing how it helps a goat that is stressed or lethargic.


Magic mixture

I also keep a good de-wormer in the kidding kit and give the doe a dose right after kidding.  This is a time of stress and hormonal change when worms can increase in the doe and she needs to be de-wormed.


De-wormer

Other things I have in the kidding kit for the doe is a good calcium supplement.  I use CalMagCo gel diluted to half strength with water and give about 30cc with the drench syringe as soon as she has finished delivering her kids.  I give this to each of my does to prevent Milk Fever.  Since starting this practice, I have not had another case of Milk Fever.  Losing a doe to Milk Fever is heartbreaking and so easy to prevent.


CalMagCo and Hemorrhoid gel

I use the Hemorrhoid gel on the doe if she is swollen after delivery.  This brings down the swelling and makes her more comfortable.

I also have OB Lube and Latex gloves in the kidding kit.  If I have to assist with a delivery, I pour alcohol on my hand and arm ... then will put the OB Lube on my hand and up my arm to make it easier to insert into the doe.  I usually do not use the gloves in this case though.  They make it a little hard to feel when you're inside the doe ... and when you're sorting out legs and noses ... you need to be able to feel the best you can. 


OB Lube and Latex gloves

I keep a bottle of Alcohol in the kit to sterilize things like the small scissors that I use to trim the navel cord to about 2 inches ... if it tears off too long when the kid is being born.  Be careful not to trim the cord too short.  I keep a bottle of the Iodine and small cup to dip the newborn kid's navel cord into to prevent bacteria and germs from entering the cord. 


Antiseptics - Alcohol and Iodine

Some things I have in the kit for the newborn kids are a suction bulb for clearing mucus out of the nose and mouth, a baby medicine dropper, a syringe with a tube for feeding weak kids.  The tube I use is the soft tubing you can find in the store for aquariums.  It fits nice and snug on the end of a regular syringe.


 Medicine dropper, Suction Bulb, & Stomach tube,

If you have to use the stomach tube be sure you are putting it down the right side of the kid's throat.  You can get into the lungs if you go down the center or the left side.  If you are holding the kid in your lap with it's head facing away from you ... hold it's head with your left hand ... feed the tube down the throat with your right hand ... there will not be resistance so don't push hard ... feel the end of the tube to be sure there is no air coming out of it... if there is, you are in the lungs and you need to pull the tube back out and try again.  If the tube is in the stomach ... put the syringe (that has the colostrum or medication in it) onto the end of the tube and administer it slowly.   Please use caution and only use a stomach tube if the kid is unable to nurse on it's own.

Something I made from the sleeves of old sweatshirts are kidding coats.  They work great!  Just lay out the sweatshirt sleeve ... cut off the cuff (it's usually to tight for the neck) ... cut the back end of the kid coat about 12 inches from the neck part (curving the under part) ... leave about 6 inches of the seam on the underside of the sleeve ... cut holes for the front legs to go through.  These work great to keep newborn kids warm!

 

 Kid Coat

Here are a couple of the kids from last spring's kidding season wearing the sweatshirt sleeve kid coats.  The sweat shirt material is strechy, warm and comfortable for the kids.  And besides that ... it's a great way to recycle those old worn out sweatshirts!


Kid wearing the coats

Of course a stack of clean towels is essential at kidding time for drying off wet newborn kids.


 
 Stack of clean towels

 Well, I think my kidding kit is ready for this year's kidding season!

Note:  These are the medications and procedures that I use and have found to work well for my goats.  You should consult your vet if you have any questions about these medications or procedures.