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  1. Introductions
    Hello! I'm new to the production goat arena...I've had a pet pigmy for 8 or nine years but she hasn't really ever needed any intensive management. She's a really sturdy girl and packs with the dogs... Now I have a new herd of kinder and kinder/nubian mix. I am getting milk for the first time...
  2. Goat Management
    So, it just dawned upon me, (when i saw briar drinking from one of my does!) that my boys are too young to be weaned. They are almost 8 weeks old, and lost their mamma on Sunday. I know they probably wont take to a bottle too well but i will try to get them to. I have a doe in milk, who has no...
  3. Dairy Diaries
    I'm looking for the best way to heat up milk. Preferable methods other than microwave, or heating with water on stove. Bottle warmers? I'm only going to be feeding about 10-12 kids, but just 2 at a time. If anyone has any experience with bottle warmers or another appliance to warm their milk...
  4. Beginners Goat Raising
    Have I asked this before? I don't know... If you are curious to my nursery I'm now running read on, but I just wanted to get everyone's input on how often they have fed their own bottle babies. We are currently on a 4 hour rotation but I don't see where there would be an issue with a six...
  5. Mini Mania
    Hi all, I'm too excited for my future goats. So I'm trying to learn as much as I can in the mean time. :bookgoat: I'm planning to adopt a pair of wethers and bottle feed them this upcoming spring. Again I'm sorry if this info is already somewhere obvious and I failed to find it. When should...
  6. Introductions
    Hello, I'm new to the goat spot and having goats in general. My husband, my stepdaughter and myself have adopted four bottle babies. Two of them are Nubians, and two of them are Lamanchas. All are does except for one, who is a Nubian buck. I've been spending an immense amount of time with them...
  7. Goat Management
    So, we have pulled all our dairy kids to bottle feed for the past several years. However, when we go to show them, they are always smaller than the other goats in their class. Part of this is because we breed late. This year I had the last set of kids May 12 while many of my goat friends kid...
  8. Health & Wellness
    Hi everyone. I am new here, so I hope I'm doing this right, but here goes... I am new to owning goats... or livestock of any kind. My husband and I were both city kids until we could finally get moved out of town to an acreage of our own in Southwest Nebraska. So I have ZERO experience raising...
  9. Health & Wellness
    Hey everyone! I have another bottle baby, but she's proving that every goat is different... and by different, I mean difficult with this one. She's four weeks old today and was one of triplets. They had to be pulled as momma was in labor for almost 18 hours with no births. The last baby out...
  10. Beginners Goat Raising
    Just brought home three new Nigerian Dwarves. They are perfect! But... One was spoiled rotten, kept mostly inside, and bottle-fed. The person we got him from said he came out weak and that's why. Anyways, he's never spent a night outside and needs to still be bottle-fed. He's 2 months old...
  11. Kidding Koral
    I apologize in advance for this long post! Our nigerian dwarf goat gave birth for the first time to triplets 3 days ago now. The first day, all 3 of them were doing great. I witnessed each of them nurse from mom and I'm guessing they all got some colostrum that first day. The next morning I...
  12. Health & Wellness
    I have a five week old Nigerian dwarf who will not take the bottle… It was nursing from its mom until two days ago. It has only been two days trying to get it to take the bottle so my first question is how long until I should be concerned? Also, does anyone have any tricks or suggestions? I...
  13. Goat Management
    I just found out my pregnant nubian has Johnes disease, and we are going to have the pull the babies at birth. HELP!!! I don't know anything about bottle feeding kids, or anything about kids! this is my first pregnant goat, and first kids. I've read to use raw whole milk, and not milk replacer...
  14. Dairy Diaries
    We are reaching our last couple weeks and need to decide whether to pull the babies and bottle feed or to let them nurse on moms. Our end goal is to have as much milk for family use as possible. Any doelings will be kept to increase herd size and bucks sold or turned for freezer camp. There...
  15. Goat Management
    I am getting two Oberhasli babies in a few weeks and will be bottle-feeding them. I have done this before using a powdered milk replacer and had no problems at all, but I have noticed a number of posts recommending whole cows milk or a homemade formula based on cows milk. Suggestions?
  16. Health & Wellness
    7 day old baby boer has runny poop. Feeding replacer given by the farmer 4x a day 4 oz. Contacted local farm supply in a panic looking for advice. Giving scour-chek 2 pumps 2x per day. Baby seems to be growing although his legs seem weak-- concerned he may have selenium deficiency. I know only...
  17. Kidding Koral
    Good Morning, My mini-nubian twins (born on Jan 14, 2014) that are pulled for bottle (but on mom's milk) have developed a case of milk scours. I put baking soda in their bottle for their next feeding and also gave them a dose of probiotics, but is there any other treatment method to help them...
  18. Health & Wellness
    My doe stlill has sore mouth, going on two weeks. Treating it daily with iodine and oregano oil tincture. It hasn't gotten worse but not going away. She is due to kid in the next day or so. Her udder had scabs but those are clearing up with daily iodine application, nearly gone. i am worried...
  19. Health & Wellness
    My little doe is eating good but takes a long time. She will drink a little then puts her nose up by the bottle and nuzzles for several seconds then repeats the process. Is this normal or an indication of problem with bottle or milk?:confused:
  20. Kidding Koral
    One of our does kidded yesterday, her first time, at some time in the pm. It's a little earlier than we were expecting, so we didn't think to check on her when we got home last night. I went out a little later (8pm) to close the barn up for them, and found the newcomer. I suspect that she was...
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