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Kidding Prep: Are you prepared?

Updated: Dec 28, 2023

Let us help you avoid the mistakes we made as newbies. Here are the following things that are great to have on hand before, during, after kidding: including potential emergency cases. These are items that we keep on farm and what work for us.

Pre-Kidding: 1 Month Prior

One month prior to kidding, we like to cut back does on grain and feed more hay in the evenings to allow their rumen to work throughout the night. We do this for two reasons: keeps them warm and you have a better chance at having kids born during the day. Most of our kidding season takes place during the winter months so having the ability to kid during the day helps lower the percentage of frost bite and death. We also like to put does up on the stand to do a last check over and give them the necessary medications and treatments before babies arrive.

One month prior we do the following:

  • 2cc CD&T

  • Copper Bolus (if needed)

  • Oral Dewormer

  • BoSe (2.5 cc /100lbs) + a Vitamin E gel cap 400 to assist in better absorption of the selenium

  • Clip down the hair around the tail to help keep the area clean

  • Hoof trim

During Kidding

It never fails that our does kid while we are gone. We hardly ever see any of our does kid in person no matter how many times we walk out to check on them. The moment they know we aren't around, they take advantage of the alone time and drop their kids. Thankfully, we have cameras that allow us to check in with ease. Even though most of our girls tend to their babies themselves, we have the following items on hand if something were to go wrong.

Post Kidding

Congratulations! You have healthy kids and mama, now what? First, we check mamas to make sure they are eating, drinking, and acting normal. We give mom warm water with molasses, remove any plugs from her teats, and leave her to rest. We will make sure babies are warm, pooping, and most importantly getting milk off of mom.

Day of Birth: Kids

  • BoSe (0.25 cc /10lbs) + Vitamin E gel cap 400 to assist in better absorption of the selenium

  • Iodine umbilical cord and cut a small amount to shorten if it is being stepped on

  • Half pump of Nutri-drench

Day 1 or 2 Postpartum: Does

  • Fecal check and deworm as needed. Worm bloom is common post birth.

  • Continue the warm molasses water for a few days

  • Continue to monitor the health of the does. They can take a fast downhill turn.

Day 1 or 2 Postpartum: Kids

  • Kids will have a black tar-like stool that should turn into small yellow/brown pellets. If they are producing loose yellow stool, they have scours. It is important to treat this right away and make sure they are staying hydrated.

  • Umbilical cords should be drying up. You don't want to see any wet cords.

  • Continue to monitor the feedings

  • By the end of week one, our kids are eating grain/hay alongside mom.

Week 2-8: 8 Kids

  • 2 weeks old: Give each kid 2cc of CD&T, an oral dewormer, tag ears, disbud horns if any need done.

  • 8 weeks old: Wean bucklings, give kids their 2 cc CD&T booster, Vitamin B complex, band desired bucklings, and trim hooves if needed

Week 12: Kids

  • Doelings are weaned from mamas if they haven't already been naturally weaned by them.

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