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How long should you bottle feed a kid for to optimize growth/mimic natural weaning?

We’re keeping one of my quintuplets. Even though she’s been with her dam the whole time, I’ve never actually seen her nurse, so we’ve bottle fed her the whole time. I trained all of them on the bottle as there is no way their dam could support 5 kids. She’s almost 3 months old now and I’ve cut her down to twice a day. I was planning on cutting her down to 1 bottle next week, but wasn’t sure how long to continue that one bottle. For my keeper doelings, I don’t separate them from their dams so I have some April kids who still nurse. Should I get rid of the bottles after she hits 4 months or keep offering for longer?
 

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Everyone does it differently.... I'm not very experienced so I dont have a good answer for you, sorry
I got a 6 week old (that right there showed my lack of knowledge at that time.) That wasn't old enough to be away from mom. I put her on the bottle (cows milk ) until she hit 10 weeks.
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2 months old is the minimum age to pull. (And too young in my opinion, but life sometimes throws curve balls and kids get weaned at that age). When they are eating and drinking and chewing cud around 3-4 months old. Too young and you risk stunting the growth. If she looks good and eats well, back off the bottle.
Maybe a bottle in the morning and back off the afternoon one, or the other way around. But, watch to make sure she is drinking water.
 

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She’s super sweet, and she’s not the best kid we had conformationally this year but she’s a keeper! We also have a jet black doeling we’ve retained from this years kidding. Should have called them Ying and Yang.
 
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