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This is a bottle baby we just got and right now he is on 4oz of powdered milk every 4 hours per the instructions of the previous owner he is 3 days old and about 4 pounds. He just finished his bottle and he finished it very quickly, I'm just wondering if it should be increased? If had a bottle baby years ago and it's kinda just a new process again. Any help or advice would be great!
 

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What a sweet little guy :)
I've always used goats or regular cows milk with a pinch of baking soda in the first bottle of the day.
4oz ,four times is probably about right as long as his sides don't distend and his tummy is firm not hard.
He will beg for more but he doesn't know what's best for him. Usually the formula is 10% of his body weight as a rule of thumb.
 

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Get an exact weight on him using a kitchen or fishing scale in pounds & ounces or pounds with decimals then make sure he is gaining a minimum of 0.5 lbs or 8 ounces every day. (there are 16 pounds in an ounce).
 

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If you switch him to regular store bought whole cows milk, first, give a few feedings of electralytes (can get at tractor supply) then switch to cows milk. Or, mix your milk replacer, then remove a little and add the cows milk. Slowly over 5 days, add more cows milk and less milk replacer until you are at all cows milk.

The problem with the powdered milk replacer is that it can cause diarrhea. Goats don't always do well on replacer. Plus the utensils have to be really clean and you have to measure exactly, or they will get sick or dehydrated. Whole milk out of the bottle is easier and actually cheaper in the long run. (Whole milk is good, just keep the humans from drinking it all!)
 
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