Bottle baby boer won't take bottle

Discussion in 'Beginners Goat Raising' started by takentogether, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. takentogether

    takentogether New Member

    Feb 9, 2013
    We picked up a month-old boer buckling yesterday, and he's doing well, except that he refuses the calf bottle we're trying to use. He bumps and nuzzles us for food, but spits out the bottle immediately, when he does accidentally get it in his mouth. We do also have a nanny in milk, but she won't let him nurse. He won't drink out of a pail, either. He does have lice, and is being treated for those, and he eats some hay and forage. He won't eat goat pellets, either. I've got to get food into this kid! What can we do for him?
  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    How big is the nipple? A calf bottle sounds like it is too big for him. Being a month old makes it hard to get him on a bottle too. I would get either a pritchard nipple which is a red nipple on a yellow screw cap or a lamb nipple which is a gray nipple. Also make sure the milk is warm enough. What type of milk are you trying to feed him?

  3. crocee

    crocee New Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Northeast Arkansas
    If you try to use the Pritchard nipple make sure you put a hole in it cause they don't come with them. They fit Pepsi product bottles the best and you need to remove the ring the cap is connected to or they leak horribly.

    At a month old you can teach him to use a bowl. Use your finger to transfer the milk from the bowl to his mouth and he will get the idea. It won't be quick but if he's hungry he will figure it out.
  4. takentogether

    takentogether New Member

    Feb 9, 2013
    He was already on a bottle when we got him, and all the stores around here only have calf nipples. :/ I got the smalllest one I could find, but maybe there's something in one of the smaller stores. We could call around. We had tried him on cow milk because the breeder had him on calf milk replacer.
  5. imthegrt1

    imthegrt1 New Member

    Jan 12, 2013
    Use a baby bottle

    Soda bottle put a hole in the lid
  6. llamell

    llamell New Member

    Jan 25, 2013
    My first baby i put milk in a sandwich bag and a small slit in one corner, put my finger in the bag to the slit n he sucked on my finger, it was warm n he liked it way better than the baby bottle, after a few days he would take the baby bottle so long a it was wet n warm....

    I found cans of puppy milk replacer that was real goat milk, it's like $6 a can (soda can size) but much better than cows milk or powder replacer!

    Good luck! Post pics!
  7. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    The other thing you can try is putting karo syrup on the nipple. Sometimes they like the sweetness and will then suck on the nipple.
  8. ahead-by-a-hare

    ahead-by-a-hare New Member

    Jan 6, 2013
    I have used baby bottles before especially when the feed store is closed and Walmart is open 24/7 LOL. Just make sure your hole/slit is big enough. They don't like to work hard for food.
  9. takentogether

    takentogether New Member

    Feb 9, 2013
    Thanks so much for your help, everyone! Baby did great with a plastic baggie of milk over the weekend (so messy though - there was milk everywhere, lol), and yesterday I picked up a regular baby bottle from Walmart which he LOVES. I timed him at 8 minutes to finish 10oz of milk, so I'm pretty sure he's got it down pat at this point. =)
  10. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
  11. llamell

    llamell New Member

    Jan 25, 2013