The Process of Kidding

Watching the birth of kids is one of the most rewarding things about raising goats.

Newborn kids should nurse as soon after birth as possible to get valuable antibodies from the doe's colostrum or first milk.

Newborn kids should nurse as soon after birth as possible to get valuable antibodies from the doe's colostrum or first milk.

Understanding the process of what is happening can help you to determine when the birth is likely to occur and can help you decide when a doe needs assistance. This fact sheet provides an overview of the kidding process as well as signs that kidding will soon occur.

During the last month of pregnancy the doe will need more energy to keep up with the demands of the kids growing inside of her.

At the start of labor, the doe will become unsociable and restless. She will move away from the main part of the herd and will spend extra time getting up and laying down.

Once the water breaks you should soon see the appearance of the front feet. The kid's head should lay above and between the front legs in a normal presentation.