With kidding season arriving shortly, we like to take inventory and make certain we have everything we might need once kidding begins. We found a rolling tool box that pretty much fit our needs for a kidding kit.
In this particular lockable kidding box there is a deep top compartment, three drawers in the middle and a large pull out on the bottom that fits the larger, bulkier items.
In the top compartment we keep items like OB gloves, OB lube, latex gloves, paper and pencils, alcohol, q-tips, cotton balls, ID collars, Pritchard bottle and extra nipples, teat tape, rubber bands and hair nets.
In the middle drawers, we keep items like stainless steel scissors, scalpels, tube feeding kits, needles, ketone kit and tester, lamb pullers, thermometers, flashlight, calcium tabs, electrolytes, a measuring tape, stethoscope, umbilical clips, Feeding syringe and feeding tubes, plastic zip lock bags, garbage bags, and alcohol wipes to name a few items.
We've built our kidding kit over the last 3 years and add a few things every year as we try to be prepared just in case a doe becomes distressed at 3 am and we are unable to make it to a local agricultural store or immediate action is required before our veterinarian can arrive. We would rather have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!
In the large lower pull out, we have the larger, heavier items. We have a hair dryer, Glucose (Dextrose), a small stainless steel bucket, a small pint bottle, wash clothes, paper towel, Super 7 for umbilical cords, iodine, ID collars, Playtex gloves, electrolytes, molasses, and things of that nature.
In the barn we have emergency hypothermia and starvation poster from MSU and a kidding position posters along with a lot of additional supplies that could be used for kidding that simply will not fit in the kidding box or we use at different times for our animals - like a scale and a large supply of old towels that are kept in the barn.
One of my favorite things to due after the thrill of delivering a beautiful, healthy baby is to take a photograph of the kid. We write down the time of birth, sex, weight and any other identifying features. We keep track of the birthing order and any remarkable notables from that particular kidding on the notebook we keep in the kidding box. This year we will be pulling DNA from all kids so we've added small envelopes and tweezers to the box. We make certain we have the camera ready and that the extra cell phone charger is plugged in and charging the cell phone "just in case" there is an emergency.
We do our best to be prepared for kidding season and have supplies on hand "just in case". I think it is better to be overly prepared than under prepared!
If you'd like a pretty extensive list of kidding supplies, shortly you'll be able to visit the visit the MORE tab at the top of the page and look under the Resource tab. There you will be able to print off a copy of our kidding supplies inventory sheet and more. I'm working on implementing that feature soon.