I have a 10 day old bottle kid buckling. It is warm here during the days so I take him out with me while I feed and put him in a safe pen where he is next to the other goats. He is eating the dirt. I figure it's the mineral in the soil? He gets moved a few times while I am cleaning and he particularly likes the dirt in one area out side of the pens where the goats don't go much and their is grass. This has me thinking about worms and cocci. He is not showing any signs...to young for worms to be fully developed...just trying to stay ahead of potential problems. I have offered him some mineral in a small dish. He does not want it. Any thing I need to be concerned about or give him to prevent problems. Second question. He is a lone bottle baby. He is in the house and I have small dog. They stay clear of each other but he can see the dog. The dog is fine..just not fond of the goat, not aggressive at all. That said, how do I help this bottle goat not turn out totally unsocial and helpless in the pecking order when reintroducing him to the herd. I have a weaning pen and he will go in with the other couple of weaners but I bought a bottle goat one time and she came with 4 others. The Buck...who was also a bottle goat did not like her and unbeknownst to me (as a new goat owner), he killed her. He head butted her hard enough to kill her from what I could tell of the aftermath. Hard lesson there...so, what do I do about this "orphan"? Suggestions please. He is getting slight interaction with a mini buck through a very sturdy fence, but that is the most I can provide at the moment. Thanks.