Management of Lambs and Kids -
Lambing and Kidding Supplies
Supplies Needed At Birthing Time - A Check List
Medications and Supplies:
- Propylene-glycol, molasses, or "Karo" syrup - for treatment of
pregnancy toxemia. Watch for mothers appearing tired and not wanting to get
up or move. See page F650.
- Lubrivet, K-Y Jelly, mineral oil, or other suitable lubricant (not
automotive lubricants) - a necessity for helping a mother that is having
difficulty giving birth. Too much lubrication is very seldom a problem.
- Iodine (7% tincture, not 1% tame iodine) - for dipping umbilical cords.
- Colostrum - a must for weak or
- Uterine boluses - for retained afterbirth (placenta) and assisted
- Injectable vitamin E and selenium (BO-SE) - for prevention or treatment of
white muscle disease.
- Antibiotics (penicillin or LA-200/Liquamycin antibiotic) - for treatment
of pneumonia, navel ill, and general bacterial infections. Good for
ewes/does following difficult, assisted deliveries.
- Intra-mammary infusion tubes or injectable antibiotics - to treat mastitis.
- Antiseptics - isopropyl alcohol, tame iodine, chlorhexidine, or other
- Bloat remedy (Therabloat).
- Ketostix (ketosis test strips) - for measuring ketones in the urine.
- Scour remedy - many of the pig oral anti-scours treatment products work
well (spectinomycin, aureomycin tablets).
- Aspirin - for pain relief and discomfort for a ewe/doe following a
- Glucose, electrolytes, and amino acids mixture - for treating weak and
dehydrated lambs or kids. Products like Biolyte can be purchased from local
farm stores or veterinarians.
products - to assist in grafting orphan lambs.
- Tetanus antitoxin.
- Soremouth vaccine - only if problem exists.
- Clostridium perfringens C & D vaccine (enterotoxemia).
- Footrot treatment medication.
- De-worming product.
- Approved product for external parasites, i.e. keds, ticks, lice, etc.
- KRS spray or other anti-fly product for spraying on wounds.
- Blood stop powder or hemodust - for use after docking and/or castration.
- Slack lime - for disinfecting birthing or lambing pens and jails.
- Bag balm - use for injured and/or swollen teats on the mother caused by
newborn’s teeth (especially on first time mothers).
* IMPORTANT NOTE: Use of many of these products in sheep and goats is
- Shears - for tagging (shearing) the rear-quarters and cleaning wool away
from around the udder and face of the ewe.
- Crook or cane - for catching the mother’s legs, not her neck!
- Buckets - for water, equipment, etc.
- Veterinary obstetrical (OB) gloves - sterile and disposable for assisting
ewes/does with dystocia problems.
- Snare, or puller - to help correct general conditions of dystocia.
- Nylon cord - to use on those elusive feet in difficult deliveries.
- Old towels, burlap sacking, etc. - for drying off wet newborns.
- Oxygen bottle - small bottle, with small funnel and hose for use on oxygen
deprived newborns shortly after birth.
- Heat lamps - very helpful for chilled, weak, or orphan newborns.
- Pritchard nipples, bottles, etc. - for orphans or weak newborns.
- Tube feeder (60 cc syringe and a 16-18 inch feeding catheter) - for
feeding colostrum to weak newborns.
- Scales (hanging) - to obtain birthweights.
- Lambing/kidding or "claiming" pens (jugs or jails) - to pen up
mothers and newborns for a day or so (particularly ewes with twins or
- Thermometer - be sure to attach string or umbilical tape to the
thermometer for easy removal and prevention of accidental rectal retention.
Normal temperature is 102.3° F.
- A good variety of unused syringes (from 3 to 60 mL capacity) and needles
(18-22 gauge x 1-1.5 inch in length).
- Skinning knife - to skin dead newborns for grafting purposes.
- Scalpel, blades, and surgical scissors (slight curve of blades) - ideal
for treating entropion eye, cutting umbilical tape, etc.
- Cotton balls (sterile) - for antiseptic swabs.
- Ear tags, paint brands, marking crayons, scourable spray paints, and chalk
- for individual animal identification.
- Ear notcher or ear tatoo equipment - if "permanently"’
- Elastrator, elastrator bands, emasculatome, etc. - for docking and
- Prolapse loops or bearing retainers - for treating vaginal and uterine
eversion (prolapse). See page C900 for additional details.
- Balling gun - for giving oblets or pills.
- Barn sheets, records, etc. - for data collection.
* IMPORTANT NOTE: This list is not all inclusive, and
recommendations may vary from region to region. It is recommended that producers
consult their local veterinarian for additional suggestions.