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est. 1997....Quality Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats in Shady Dale, GA

Another Kidding Season is HERE!!

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a new goat owner, kidding season can be a white knuckle, adrenaline filled time of year. As I go into my……..20th+ kidding season, there are lots of things that I look forward to and dread at the same time. It is a time of excitement; to see what you get from some promising breedings and your illusive doe to buck ratio for the year. What pairings work and what pairings didn’t. In the end all I hope for is LIVE and healthy kids and easy birthing for the mamas’.

Invariably, some kiddings do not go as planned and we all have to say goodbyes and hang our heads. Even the most seasoned of goat owners can have bad kiddings…it is no one’s fault, it just happens. I know….. it feels like crap. Then the woulda, coulda, shoulda (WCS) starts and that makes it no better. Being prepared for kiddings as best you can be does help with the WCS. So, we will go there, here is a list of MY essential items to have on-hand for kidding season.

  1. Old towels: Love thrift stores for these. You can get them cheap and if they are too gross, you can just toss them. I use these for drying off the kids.
  2. Paper Towels: Just go ahead and buy stock in the company…hahaha. As soon as the kid comes out I use the paper towels to pull all the gooey off the head, including the mouth and nose. (I use paper towels first to get most of the goo off then the old towels to finish drying the kids.
  3. An old feed bag: I put all the trash in the feed bag so I can burn it
  4. Molasses: If you can’t get molasses, then dark Karo syrup. I put a tennis ball size amount in the bottom of a 2-gallon bucket then fill it with hot water for the doe to drink after kidding. This will help replenish her and get her back on her feet quickly.

That’s my basic kit. I know everyone has lots of other items, but everything else can wait. Get those babies out and dry.

My rule of thumb is if the doe is in active labor, she should progress in less than 1 hour. By “progress”, I mean you should be seeing feet, or a head or something. If not you should be calling your veterinarian, or mentor, or if experienced go in and find out what the holdup is.

Just remember not to play the WCS game with yourself…things happen for a reason. Heck, just last year I pulled a baby and she wasn’t breathing, I had my friend put her in a feed sack while I delivered the other 2 kids. 10 minutes later, I hear a baby crying, it was the baby in the feed sack, she was alive after all! I almost threw away a perfectly good doeling!! Of course, she lives here now and trust me her lungs are FULLY developed!!

Don’t get stressed, all of us do, and it is OK. Call another goat person and let them talk you off the ledge, LOL. Happy Kidding Season from the girls at Yellow Rose Farm! I hope your kidding season is uneventful, and mine as well!!!

Shannon

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