ok..first question.. I have 3 bottle babies. 2 pygmy doelings that turned a month old yesterday (born 2/4) and a nigerian buckling that will be a month old on the 8th (born 2/8). They are nibbling on hay and grass/weeds and I've caught them munching on the pelleted goat feed a little bit. I just give them coastal hay and the pellets are regular old goat feed (southern states I believe) that I buy for my older goats. Is there something different I should be giving them to encourage them to eat more solids? I want to have them weaned by 8 weeks. I read something in Storeys guide to raising dairy goats about feeding calf starter. Someone I know who used to breed goats said she fed all stock sweet feed. Should I get them some alfalfa hay? I don't want to wean them earlier than is healthy for them, but I don't want to bottle feed any longer than I have to. It's a lot of work and I definitely won't be doing it again unless I have to lol. My babies will be raised on their Mamas. Other question..when are they old enough to put in with the other goats? The others are all small (nigerian buck, 2 nigerian cross does). The fence is electric and is reading 1000v. It's enough of a shock to make the older goats hollar and it's been killing wildlife. We've found several dead birds on it and a dead squirrel. Is this too much shock for the little ones? I guess I'll wait til after they're weaned so that they are more easily accessible for bottle feeding. I hope that they're big enough by then. Ok..that's it for now. Thanks ya'll.