I finally got my Miss Maple a buddy a little over a week ago. Elmer is now a 5 week old Alpine wether. He was orphaned at 2 days old and had been bottle fed goats milk his whole life. I got him on a Monday and transitioned him from Monday to Friday from goats milk to goat milk replacer. I have been feeding him 20 oz two times a day from a human baby bottle with an 'x' cut in the middle. I let the goats out of their shed whenever I am around to supervise, so they get about an hour or so out per day. On Sunday, I put them out in my pasture with the horse for a few hours. Sunday night, Elmer was fine, Monday morning he was hugely bloated and wouldn't eat. My goat vet was unavailable and I had to leave town for my grandmother's funeral (what timing, huh!) so I took him to my small animal vet that is a good friend. I think the car ride jostled a lot of the gas out of him, and she did x-rays, gave him something to encourage his intestines to move, tubed him and gave him a bit of oil. He spent the night because we got back really late and recovered well all day. We picked him up Tuesday, I let him out to play and eat for an hour or so, he ate his dinner bottle with vigor. I went to check him before bed and he seemed a little bloated so I gave him about 1 tablespoon of oil. In the morning, he only ate about half of his bottle and I noticed as I was giving him another 5 ccs of oil that he had diarrhea. Hubby kept and eye on him all day and he was back to normal by the time I got home from work. He picked up a new nipple, goats milk and we didn't let him out to play and eat. We mixed half goats milk and half goats milk replacer and gave him some late afternoon, and some just now before bed. My questions are these- I am trying to figure out what is causing the bloat- the grass, the human bottle, or the goats milk replacer? Also, the new nipples seem generic and I had to cut the tip in the end of the nipple- how big should the hole be? This one has a hole on the base to let air out and he seems to be sucking down less air and not getting as choked up. And, could the oil I gave him caused the diarrhea? He is fine now, but I am trying to prevent this from happening over and over. Thanks!