PREPARE your kidding/lambing kit at least 2 weeks before your doe/ewe’s delivery due date! Here’s a list of suggested items:
- Old towels, rags, etc for drying-off kid/lamb
- Lubricant, if you have to ‘go in’ to examine doe/assist birth
- Shoulder length sterile surgical gloves
- Dental floss – if necessary – to tie-off naval cord
- Sterile scissors – if necessary – to cut navel (approx 6-inches from the body)
- 7% iodine – to dip navel (to prevent navel ill)
- Film canister/small disposable cup to put iodine into for dipping navel
- Nipples to bottle feed kids (I prefer Pritchard Valve Nipples)
- Sav-A-Kid Syringe & Feeding Tube – if necessary – Tube Feeding How-To ( You just may safe a life! )
- Colostrum replacer/milk replacer – if necessary
- BoSe (injection/syringe thru local veterinary) or Selenium & Vitamin E Gel for the prevention and treatment of white muscle disease
- Black strap molasses ( about 1/4 cup molasses to two gallons of warm water ) for energy for the dam AFTER she has kidded; also useful to smear on kid if she is having trouble bonding with her newborn
- Organic cod liver oil for signs of Vitamin A/D deficiency – the tendons in their legs appear to be too tight causing them to “knuckle under” as if they were standing on their tip toes; administer about 1/2 tsp of cod liver oil per day for 2-3 days
- Nutri-drench, corn syrup for pregnancy toxemia or ketosis
- Small drench (oral via mouth) syringe
For the blessed day, in addition to being prepared, be CONFIDENT. Be there to help, don’t stress and keep your cool. Don’t be over-anxious to hElP!!! Allow Mother Nature to do the work. Provide a CLEAN area for mom and the babies…lots of CLEAN, dry bedding. It should be draft-free. Allow access to good quality hay (pls, NO HAY NETS!) and fresh clean water at all times; position the water bucket so kids do not drown by accident.
Help to dry the kids off (especially in cold weather) with clean dry cloths/towels with attention to the nose and mouth. Help to direct/assist the newborn to mom’s teat for life-saving sips of colostrum! Mom’s milk or milk replacer should be the kids primary source of nutrition for the first three months.
Have a blessed kidding/lambing season!