Kidding Season Prep: Supplies
It’s early January; our first doe due to kid for 2020 is just a little less than two months from her due date, so I’m starting to take inventory of the supplies in our kidding kit, see what is missing or needs to be thrown out and replaced, and make a list of what we need to order. I started making a master list of everything I like to have on hand, and I figured it might be a good idea to share it on the website, too.
This is by no means an exhaustive list—and everyone has their own preferences and likes and dislikes. My list and what ends up in my kit is also subject to change (when we know better, we do better, and I learn new things and get new ideas all the time). And finally, none of this post constitutes advice, especially of the veterinary variety. We’d just like to share a list of the things we find helpful and/or like to have on hand just in case during kidding season!
Have we forgotten anything? Let us know!
* And then more towels. Take the number of towels you think you need, and then triple it. Really. Hit up your closet for old towels, thrift stores, Walmart for cheap $2-3 towels, etc. I prefer cheap, not-so-fluffy towels—they just seem to be better at getting birth goo off newborn kids.
**Strong solution of iodine for dipping navels; not teat dip. We tried the Vetericyn Super7 navel dip one year—had issues with infection. Back to dipping with iodine and have had no issues.
***For use with the iodine for dipping navels. Have also come in handy when dosing oral meds (pour out a drench into the cup and then draw up with an oral dose syringe vice contaminating the bottle by drawing out with the syringe directly).
****Most calcium drenches and pastes are very caustic and painful for goats to swallow. We keep the Durvet Oral Cal MPK calcium drench on hand; it’s not caustic, and easy to get into them if needed.
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