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Combining dam raising and bottle feeding kids

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Hi!
I've seen a lot about the pros and cons of bottle feeding vs dam raised babies, and I am curious if anyone has experience/methods of combining them? Letting the babies milk from their moms for the health benefits but also training them to bottle feed so they become super friendly with people. I am thinking maybe after the first month when I start separating them at night from the moms I could bottle feed them in the morning? Anyone else have experience or advice with this? Thanks!
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I supplement bottle feed kids, that are struggling. Like triplets, Ill feed one while Mom feeds 2. Or if I see twins, and one isnt doing as well. I give them about 3 oz in a bottle 2 times a day. That way they stay with the herd, raised by the herd. Im just Gma and get to spoil a few!馃グ
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I鈥檓 raising my first bottle baby this year, we鈥檒l see how it goes. My 3 dam raised wethers from last year are extremely people friendly (even though their sire is a jerk sometimes lol)
My other 4 kids from this year are dam raised. Sweetest things ever. As long as you socialize them, there鈥檚 virtually no difference
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Exactly, be hands on from day one and you won鈥檛 be able to tell the difference. I have a few dam raised that are even more friendly than the bottle kids
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I don't know if they will take the bottle after a month. We had to separate twin Boer kids from mom at 5 weeks and I had to force feed them until literally just the other day the buckling realized he didn't have to be hungry and he is a legit bottle baby now, but sister I still have to force feed, but she comes out and wants it, just can't seem to figure out how to nurse the bottle.They were tearing up moms teats, never had to separate kids that young before.

If you are worried about friendly kids, my suggestions is...spend as much time with them as you can! Love them, snuggle, give them scratches all over their body from the time they are born (ok let them nurse and have a little mom time too!). There is always going to be a shy kid, but we never have issues with the majority of our dam raised kids being friendly. In fact, you can NOT walk through our barn without getting attacked by bucket/bottle kids and dam raised kids. They all demand attention. Even the new babies born last weekend come up to me now and expect scratches :)
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