|Essential Delivery Supplies|
Here are the "Frequently Used Items" I keep with me at all times. The clean red feed pail is loaded with these items and hooked over the fence of the pen I am working in. I never have to go far to find what I need. Additionally, my pockets are loaded with both kinds of gloves at all times. I use the short gloves for whatever I may need to do but never go further than about a finger length into the goat. Anytime I go in for any reason, I put a little Betadine scrub on the glove first. The longer gloves are used much less often, but are required anytime you go beyond the cervix. A clean glove is ALWAYS used! Some like J-lube or another variety of lube. Use what you like. I've had excellent outcomes with this. The short (about 18 inches) double snap lead is also essential. I keep one of these in my other pocket. I am frequently alone at kidding (it happens in the middle of the night in rotten weather, right?). With this snap I can quickly secure the doe to a fence if I need her cooperation and she feels otherwise. All does here wear dog-type collars so 'Snap' is pretty easily accomplished.
The Tuck's pads are a comfort measure if there is any tearing or excessive swelling. Use one per doe and be sure to wipe from the inside outward.
|Immediate Newborn Supplies/Gothberg Farms|
Almost every delivery here is attended. Not all are assisted, but most are witnessed. We do not hesitate to assist if the need arises. Not shown here is a clean feed sack. We cut them open and kids are delivered onto the inside of a clean feed sack whenever possible. When the kid is on the ground, the face/nostrils are quickly wiped with the clean, dry towel. This is to remove birthing secretions we don't want inhaled. A quick pass is made in the mouth with a finger too. This is probably not necessary, but old habits are hard to break. They are towel dried a bit, navels are dipped with Iodine, then they are placed up by Mom. For dipping navels, we use a 35mm film canister. I've recently heard of using the outer plastic coverings from some syringes. This is an excellent idea. Since we have multiple births as a rule here, the doe is generally still down starting to push out the next one (remember we had quintuplets last year!). When she has licked them a bit, we turn the hair dryer on low, let the does sniff it for approval, then crank it up and dry the kid. It takes about 2-3 towels per kid here. Wet towels get cold very fast! Kidding almost always takes place in crummy weather in nw WA. The kid is then placed back up by the doe for more bonding. As soon as the kid is up and the doe is up and looking for her treats, nursing commences. We test annually for CAE here and have been negative for 6 years. Kids would never be allowed to nurse without recent testing results.
The shirt is a newborn sized shirt from the thrift store. If a kid is cold stressed at all, they get a clean shirt to help hold in some heat. This year we are also going to try some small dog blanket coats, I'll let you know how that goes. Be vigilant with the shirts on! The bucks get wet underneath from urine and need frequent changes. Usually a few hours is all that's needed, it at all.
See the box of multi-colored ID bands? We use these with a Sharpie-type marker to note dam name on each kid AT BIRTH. Our kids come out on the big side so we use the longer ones and cut to fit. The color coding by family group really helps.
The dental floss is here just in case we had a navel cord bleeder. Have never needed it, but faithfully keep it in the Labor and Delivery box every year.
|Newborn Assistance Feeding|
This is an example of the bottles we prefer and the simple tubing set up.
In addition to this we do a few more things:
1. Each doe gets a bucket of warm water right after kidding along with a handful of raisins & peanuts, and a ration of grain.
2. We keep oral CMPK on hand at all times. We do not hesitate to use it during labor or in the immediate postpartum period if anything is "off" for any reason.
|Goat Midwife Attire|
|Joe Zell and kids|
|Opal & Her Quints|