Bottle feeding????

Discussion in 'Kidding Koral' started by babe817, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. babe817

    babe817 New Member

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    Apr 4, 2008
    Any tips for bottle feeding.??
     
  2. Frozenloc2

    Frozenloc2 New Member

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    Jan 12, 2008
    Northern Maryland
    Better to keep with other goats while doing it if you can
     

  3. morganslil1

    morganslil1 New Member

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    Nov 12, 2007
    north carolina
    Avoid milk replacers if you can.
     
  4. Julie

    Julie New Member

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    Oct 5, 2007
    Southern PA
    Well, I'm not sure what kind of tips you're looking for, or what you already know about bottle feeding.

    But here's a few tips about how I bottlefeed all my babies ...

    Make sure the milk is WARM - they baby CAN get colic if it's to cool

    Don't "overfeed" ~ you don't want to worry about overeating disorder

    Make sure the baby is lonely - you should have atleast one other goat with it (a gentle one)

    Make sure the baby is staying warm - as long as it sleeps with another goat it should be fine, but you might want to put a kid sweater on it at night if you're not sure

    Try to pull the bottle away as soon as the milk is all - you don't want the baby to suck air

    Keep the bottle vertical ~ at an angle that is "natural" to the baby - just like if it was nursing from mamma. INfact, most the time they kneel on their front legs to nurse - so this is how you want to bottle feed - that way it's as natural of a position as possible.

    Rub/Pet the baby's back legs/butt/tail area when feeding - this stimulates them, their mother would normally do this

    If you see any poo stuck on their butt (or even if you don't see any, this is still a good thing to do) - take a damp cloth or wipe and wipe their butt with it - to keep the area clean and to stimulate them to poo/pee - normally their mother licks them off and does this.

    Feed the more frequently - in lesser amounts, INSTEAD of large amounts less frequently - it'll help them to digest everything easier and better, and keep them satisfied longer. So like every 2-3 hours when they're really young, then you can decrease feedings once they get older.

    Well, if I think of any more tips - I'll post them, hope this was helpful to you and what you're looking for :D
     
  5. Sybil

    Sybil New Member

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    Dec 21, 2007
    Rainier, Oregon
    If you have an option...don't feed milk replacers. I have never had any luck unless fed with whole milk.

    Have had good luck with whole cows milk (jug milk from store),

    Keep bottles and nipples clean.

    Small more frequent feedings better in the beginning then as they get older I have cut back to 2-3 times a day.

    Watch their poo!!!

    Sue
     
  6. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    use pritchard nipples or regular baby bottle nipples instead of the black -lambar nipples

    Land -o- lakes makes a good replacer if you dont' have milk from mom