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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 hour rotation instead. My husband wanted me to do every two hours and I just looked at him like he was crazy. His thought was that is the closet to what they would be getting if they were nursing on mama. I get that but then I would never leave the barn.

We have one doe that this is her first time kidding... her bag never dropped. She had twins. Then if you read my one of my other posts you know that we had one doe that had preemie triplets. The vet had started supplementing milk for the kids and suggested we do the same. We kept the kids in the next pen over and put them in with her every day. She has since rejected two of the three. We no longer put them in with her but the third one now stays with her. There is another one that had triplets and one was beginning to get pushed out so we started supplementing her, but we never removed her from momma and she still nurses.
 

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Well... I don't have an "ideal" feeding schedule compared to most people. I feed once in the morning and once at night. I am at school all day, so feeding throughout the day isn't an option. Unlike @Suzanne_Tyler I would never be able to feed in the middle of the night. I simply sleep too deeply to wake up from anything-trust me I've tried and I like my sleep way too much. However, this year I'm going to try bucket feeding and see how the kids do on that.
 

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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 hour rotation instead. My husband wanted me to do every two hours and I just looked at him like he was crazy. His thought was that is the closet to what they would be getting if they were nursing on mama. I get that but then I would never leave the barn.

We have one doe that this is her first time kidding... her bag never dropped. She had twins. Then if you read my one of my other posts you know that we had one doe that had preemie triplets. The vet had started supplementing milk for the kids and suggested we do the same. We kept the kids in the next pen over and put them in with her every day. She has since rejected two of the three. We no longer put them in with her but the third one now stays with her. There is another one that had triplets and one was beginning to get pushed out so we started supplementing her, but we never removed her from momma and she still nurses.
You can supplement the one being pushed away and still leave it with mama too. Or go out and make mama stand for only that one to nurse.
 

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So these are not new born new born? If not and you want a schedule then what I do is 4X a day, I don’t do night time feeding either but I do get up early and feed the 4th RIGHT before bed. So that is usually at 5:30 and the last being at 9. At about a month old then I will drop them to 3X a day. I want to encourage them to start picking at feed. At 2 months, 2X a day, 3 months I still give a night bottle before bed.
Now the last two years what I have done is get a lamb bar (a bucket that holds milk and has nipples coming off) and I fill it up with cold milk and let them go to town. The cold keeps them from eating them selfs to death and they have it when ever they want. I still let them hang out with the herd, I have a stall that only kids can fit threw and they are the only ones that know (and care) that’s where the milk is so they come and go as they please. Because I am not “mom” they are more willing to hang out with the other goats and learn things like eating hay and I’m not having to cut down the amount they are being fed to get them to go out and really start on feed.
A lot of people do not like this idea, I didn’t for a long time. One worry is the cold will chill them. Last year I put a lamp in the stall but they really didn’t drink enough to get too chilled. This year I kept it off and they have been fine BUT I don’t have insane -200 degrees lol if I did I still would have that heat lamp up. Another reason is because you can not measure how much they are and are not eating. This is true! If one is off and not eating as much then there is no measurement to go off of. But I also have no measurement to go off of with dam raised either so I just treat them like the rest and watch for signs of not feeling good.
Your choice but I’m sold on the bucket
 

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It depends on the age of the kids... how old are your bottle kids?

Can the bottle kids run with the herd? you'd be surprised how smart they get about sneaking feedings from does that are busy with singles as they get older.
22 days for two, but they are the preemies I posted about earlier. The third one is one week old today. They look all about the same size. We just started letting them run with the herd a few days ago. Our biggest concern was one of them getting hurt. Those does can be rough on kids that aren't theirs! There are two others that I supplement that are have not been removed from their mother-though one is now refusing the bottle. And that's fine by me as long as momma and babies stay healthy. I only removed the one's being rejected because the mother's were getting rough on them.

So these are not new born new born? If not and you want a schedule then what I do is 4X a day, I don't do night time feeding either but I do get up early and feed the 4th RIGHT before bed. So that is usually at 5:30 and the last being at 9. At about a month old then I will drop them to 3X a day. I want to encourage them to start picking at feed.
Thanks! right now I'm doing 6x's a day at three weeks. It's hard to get anything else done, including sleep. I think I'll start transitioning them to go without a bottle during the night and take up some of your other feeding advice.

Speaking of.... time for a bottle.
 
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