I was just reading up on udder care, and you know, I still say that books are great guidelines, but they never tell the whole story.
Caring For Newborns
It's pretty simple when it comes to goats, by the time you find the new kids, they are usually up, dry and nursing.
Sable a few minutes old
If not, use a clean dry towel, and keep them warm, wait until they are standing and help them nurse, all within about 15 minutes of birth.
No worries about umbilical cord care. It would be best for you to leave that alone. But you can dip it in iodine to help prevent infections.
With nursing, if the kid has a weak suck, you will need to help it. Multiples may need help as well, and if your mom hangs low, help need there too. You should only need to help for up to three days, no more than 5. Weening should take place 2-3 months. (but doesn't always)
It always helps to have a very dirty child around to help with the kids
Now my own experience with milking a goat differs from what the books say. The books say that kidding causes the doe to be gentler and more cooperative at milking time. hahaha! Sorry fell off my chair. We are getting the ya know kicked out of us everyday. This wasn't a problem before kidding. After your kids have began to eat solids, you can separate them for a twelve hour period, milk and return kids to mom.
If one of your kids is weak, or chilled after birthing, warm her up best you can within the reach of mother. Try not to separate them for 6 hours. This is claimed to be the magical bonding hours. If you have to separate because of weak sucking or chill, try not to over use the bottle, and return them to mom asasp. There are studies out there that say that udder fed goats are more respectful of humans than bottle fed. This could be due to the fact that a bottle fed baby will see you as part o the herd, not something you really want from your goats. This is where the butting and biting can become a problem.
Before you know it, they are into everything.
All that is left to talk about is vetting and grooming. And then our goat tutorial is complete. Any questions?