Yes, even pregnant goats need checklists.
I never thought I’d ever in my life need a checklist for a goat who is about to deliver kids, but well, I guess that’s why life is like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you’re gonna get.
Once I convinced my husband to start an urban farm and start raising animals for milk, meat, & eggs, we’ve never looked back. Having goats is like icing on the good ol’ farm cake. They are adorable, dramatic, & mischievous.
If anything, experience has taught me that it’s important to be prepared. Yes, even with goat births. Today I’m going to share my personal checklist for preparing for a goat birth/delivery.
Goat Pregnancy & Birthing Checklist
Stocking the barn:
- Pine shavings – Any feed store should carry these
- Empty feed bags – these are great to use as trash bags or to lay a kid on top of after delivery.
- Old towels – towels dry better than chux pads, we stock up on used towels at the local thrift store, then after a kidding we’ll spray them off with the hose then wash in the regular laundry washer.
- 2 Trash Bags – One for trash and one to put wet towels in
- Electric lantern – (where to buy) good for night kiddings
- Headlamp – (where to buy) it’s way easier than holding a flashlight
Stocking your kidding kit:
- Kidding Kit Organizer – (where to buy) I love this one, and it’s super durable!
- Ketone strips – (where to buy) For checking for ketosis before/after kidding
- Medical scissors – (where to buy) sterilize before using, then use for cutting umbilical cords
- Rubbing alcohol – (where to buy) (for sterilizing equipment)
- Cotton pads – (where to buy) I use this to rub alcohol over an injection site
- Iodine swabs – (where to buy) I rub this on the umbilical cords after cutting them
- Kid puller – (where to buy) for specific positions where a head is turned back
- Kid tube feeder w/ syringe (where to buy)- To feed a weak newborn goat
- Disposable gloves – (where to buy) for basic birth canal checks
- Long disposable gloves – (where to buy) for intervening on difficult deliveries
- Headlamp – (where to buy) extremely useful for when you need your hands available.
- Nasal Aspirator – (where to buy) for clearing out kid’s airways
- Water-based Lubricant – (where to buy) for quick birth canal checks or for rectal temperature
- Thermometer – (where to buy) for checking doe for fever during 1st week after kidding
- J Lube Powder – (where to buy) A really slippery lube that helps you turn babies around if needed.
- Cayenne Tincture – (where to buy) good to wake up a weak kid so they can start suckling.
- Colostrum Gel – (where to buy) Not a bottle fed kid’s full replacement for colostrum, but a good supplement full of probiotics, dried colostrum, & vitamins to give all kids after they’re born.
- CMPK drench – (where to buy) for a stalled labor or milk fever, but must be diluted
- Small gatorades – (where to buy) to dilute the CMPK and improve the flavor.
- Large cup or glass – for mixing the gatorade & CMPK
- Drench gun – (where to buy) for giving CMPK or other concoctions
- Honey – (where to buy) for after delivery to replenish energy
- Molasses – (where to buy) for after delivery to replenish energy
- Baby goat sweaters – (where to buy) (Miniature goats – 8 inch length, Standard goats – 12 inch)
- Bottles & nipples – (read more about this in our baby goat section on how to choose the right one)
- Electrolytes – (where to buy) Perfect for goats after kidding because it has dextrose in it, which helps prevent toxemia.
- B Complex injectable – (where to buy) helps with stress, energy, and digestive function
- Tylan 200 – (where to buy) antibiotic for postpartum infections or a given after a rough delivery
- Banamine – (where to buy) fast acting pain reliever & anti-inflammatory
- Meloxicam – (where to buy) longer acting pain reliever & anti-inflammatory, better for pain management over time.
- 3ml syringes w/ 20g, 1 inch needles – (where to buy) for administering B-complex, Banamine, or antibiotics.
- Kidding positions chart – (print here) p.s. I took mine to an office supplies store and laminated it.
- Wide Angle Video Baby Monitor (where to buy) – This can be incredibly useful for long nights waiting for kidding to start.
- Old towels
- Phone #’s of expert “goat” friends in case you have a complicated delivery.
- Phone # of a local vet in case you have an emergency.
Do you feel prepared for your next goat delivery? Honestly, most goat deliveries happen without any problems at all, but it’s good to be prepared so you can have the ability to care for your doe and her kids.