What You Might Want In Your Kidding Barn Supplies
Each year when kidding season arrives it seems there are always a few items I really, really need right now! Of course, I have no way to get at the moment! With this problem in mind, we have generated a list of essential items for the shed. I won't promise they are never "borrowed" for other uses, but we try to never let them get away and check the list before we begin to kid and replace/restock anything missing or low. Something on the list are used for the same purpose and in these cases, we may or may not have all items.
Do you have anything in your barn you would suggest we include??? We would love to hear what it is!
Hydrated lime or another odor dampening substance.
Straw (We do not use shavings for newborns as they tend to stick to the babies, especially noses, eyes.)
Kidding pen panels/gates Give them a repair job now if they need it.
Water buckets for all pens that hang up, not rest on the floor to prevent kids from falling in.
Grain feeders that hang up and stay out of the way.
Hay feeders to help prevent wastage of hay.
Heat lamps As we kid in winter, these are essential. Check all cord/plugs/sockets for wear and make sure all work.
250watt bulbs Make sure you have extras.
Warming mat We have a plastic mat made for pet usage that is impervious to water. We have used human heating pads, but they are not optimal and should be used very carefully.
Hair dryer This is great to get those really slimy kids dried off after toweling. Especially good to dry ears and prevent frostbite.
Lots and lots of towels. When you think you have enough, buy some more! Garage sales and house auctions are great places to purchase towels for a reasonable amount.
Large plastic tub to keep the towels clean and dry.
DYNE, Propylene Glycol, NutriDrench
Each of these have their individual usages in my opinion. DYNE and propylene glycol are best used in adult does in need of a few extra calories, especially late term does slipping into ketosis. DYNE seems to be the does' choice as it tastes much better than the propylene glycol! NutriDrench is great for adults and I do give it to them, but I keep it mostly for newborns. A dose of NutriDrench and a little colostrum will perk up all but the weakest/most hypothermic kids.
Dosing syringes, in varying sizes
Syringes and needles, varying sizes
Iodine suitable for navels
Iodine dipping cup (Premier has my favourite)
Twine for tying navels if needed or umbilical clips
Nasal suction bulb
Feeding tube with 60cc syringe, with at least two tubes (Premier has my favourites. The tubes are much softer and more flexible.)
Pritchard teats with bottles marked in ounces (Again, Premier has THE Pritchard teats. Other knock-offs will work in a pinch, but these are really the best. Do we see a pattern yet?) Bottles may be purchased, but 20oz pop bottles work just as well.
Chlorohexadine or other disinfectant
Bander and good bands. We also have a Burdizzo for those older buck kids that are not making the grade.
Record book and pens/pencils
Flashlight/battery operated lantern
Tags, farm specific for grade/percentage/purebred/fullblood
Sire specific tags
Tattoo Set with GREEN ink
Frozen goat colostrum - We harvest some colostrum from our heaviest producers after they kid. It is then frozen in one of two ways for easy use when needed. The colostrum can be frozen in ice cube trays and then emptied into freezer bags. The another way to freeze for easy thawing and use, measure a small amount in individual bottles (a cup or so). Make sure to date and use the oldest first!
Commercial colostrum preparation - We prefer the real thing, but don't be left with nothing in an emergency.
Quality milk replacer formulated specifically for kids. Keep it in the freezer until you need it for freshness.
Wow - This is a category that could really get extensive. We do not overuse medications or supplements, but when you need them, it is best to have the meds available in the cabinet/refrigerator. This is just a basic list of the supplies we keep on hand. (I am still adding to this, so check back :) )
Anthelmintics (dewormers) I keep a big variety on hand, mostly to deal with anything that has become resistant. The newest research dictates using one family of dewormer until it is not effective. The exception would be the "white" dewormers (bendazoles) which should not be used in the third trimester of pregnancy. We deworm each doe after kidding as a matter of course.
Antibiotics, injectables and oral
Vitamin B Complex
Sulfa uterine bolus
Selinium and Vitamin A gel
On my wish list for next year's kidding season are the heat lamps sold by Premier. They are PLASTIC! Yaahay!! The does cannot squash them (at least without great effort). The bulbs are caged in plastic as well, making breakage of bulbs difficult. AND that's what I want!!!