Bottle baby problems...

Discussion in 'Beginners Goat Raising' started by Got_Your_Goat, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. Got_Your_Goat

    Got_Your_Goat New Member

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    Aug 12, 2017
    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. Should we keep giving him the bottle? And, should we bring him inside tonight? Sorry if I sound stupid, I'm new to this goat thing.
     
  2. Madgoat

    Madgoat Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Is he eating grain and hay? Drinking plenty of water? If so, I think you're safe to start "weaning" him off the bottle.
     

  3. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I'd keep bottle feeding till 3 months old. Then start weaning.
     
  4. Suzanne_Tyler

    Suzanne_Tyler GreenTGoats

    Jul 19, 2014
    US
    I would probably put him outside with the other goats.
     
  5. I'd put him out with the other goats, but I'd still give him a bottle for a month or so.

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  6. LSRR

    LSRR Member

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    Aug 28, 2017
    North Texas
    He can be with other goats and can be weaned from milk. I've kept my bottle babies on the bottle longer just to keep their weight up for growth. He doesn't have to be off the bottle to be with other goats.