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  1. Get to know an experienced breeder who can support you through the kidding season.
  2. Get an experienced buck and do ensure you match the buck to a similar sized doe and that they are both in good condition.
  3. Record the date you put the buck out to the does’ and what does’ you have matched to the buck. Ensure the buck has been with does for a minimum of 8 weeks.
  4. Keep good condition on the does’ once the buck has left by allowing   them access to good feed.
  5. Check all animal shelters are in good condition ie: no holes, draughts or loose materials that kids goats could hurt themselves on.
  6. Educate yourself on the kidding stages so if a doe goes too long you will know how to intervene or get help if the doe is in trouble.


Signs of imminent kidding


STAGE ONE

  1. Doe will separate herself from the herd.
  2. She will be up and down a lot, looking uncomfortable.
  3. Doe will paw at the ground and grind her teeth this is a pain coping sign.

This will last for several hours.

STAGE TWO

  1. Doe may start to lie down more and will release birth fluid.
  2. Doe will be on the ground and ready to deliver.
  3. Watch delivery to see that there is a normal birth presentation. ie: the diving position where you will see front feet first then head.
  4. It will take time to deliver.
  5. Any more than 5-10 mins you may need to intervene. If you are not sure at any stage you need to get help.
  6. If all looks good, leave doe to deliver naturally.

ABNORMAL BIRTH PRESENTATION
This is where it is not front feet first. This may require you to extract the kid from the birth canal. Be gentle but if not sure do get help from vet, or an experienced livestock farmer ASAP as they will know what to do. Your neighbours are great assets get to know them well!

 
STAGE THREE

  1. If the doe has delivered successfully check that the doe and kid are bonding.
  2. If the doe has suffered trauma during delivery she may abandon the kid. If this is the case put on some gloves and put the kid directly under the doe’s nose so she can smell her kid and start to bond. The gloves stop your scent getting onto the kid and creating confusion for the doe and causing abandonment.
  3. You can rub a little brandy on the nose of the doe and head of the kid to help create bond if trauma has occurred and assistance to bond is required.
  4. Ensure you witness the kid suckling within two hours of delivery to ensure kid receives colostrum intake.
  5. If there are no issues allow the doe and kid to bond for several hours.
  6. Ensure that the doe has delivered the after birth.
  7. After a few hours see if you can check the kid over for injury.


Spray the navel with medicated iodine and if necessary place a lamb jacket on the kid.
Final Notes.

Have a kidding kit and know how to use it.

Items in Kidding Kit Included but not Limited to:

  • Lube
  • Gloves
  • Medicated Iodine
  • Lamb/ goat milk replacer/ colostrum if needed
  • scissors
  • Bottle
  • Lamb jacket
  • Teat


If you need to move the doe and kid gently pick up the kid and the doe will follow.
Enjoy your new farm addition as they are very cute and addictive!!

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