One of our FF mom's had 1 doeling sadly stillborn but never cleaned and tiny, and 1 premie buckling 6 days ago who is my precious Gizmo! He weighed about 1# & had no erupted teeth, got his 1st yesterday, and 1/2 his hooves were still translucent. I've been milking mom 1 time/day and bottle feeding my baby but keeping him in a small pen with mom. (Another doe literally threw him 3' in the air when he was an hour old, thankfully he was injured.) He was too weak to cry and now only occasionally makes noise and it's pretty quiet but he is now bouncing around and climbing some! He is adorable!!! Gave him a tiny bit of probiotic, & liquid vit B complex.
Mom was hardly eating the first 4 days: gave electrolytes in water, tried molasses in water but she wouldn't drink it and tried adding molasses to feed; gave small amounts of corn, medicated goat pellets, hay, chopped alfalfa hay, baking soda free choice, added grass, liquid sublingual B complex, a children's Flintstone vitamin, & probiotics the last 2 days with her appetite finally improving. She also has eaten some pine straw and dried leaves through the pen, didn't really touch her reg hay. I was getting 4-8 oz/day but was unable to milk her yesterday due to multiple tornado warnings-fed baby twice about 2 & 3 ounces. I milked her 2 times, and she doesn't like it at all initially and occasionally tries to bite, I only got about 2 oz from her each time... Gizmo drank about 3.5 & 2.5 oz today. He started trying to nurse the last couple of days but not more than a few seconds that I've seen. I plan to give mom a mineral block tomorrow too. If I increase milking to 3 times/day, increase her feed-plan on getting a harness vs the collar I just added yesterday to decrease wrestling her to the ground to milk, she's a biter remember; to take her to the pasture for exercise and foraging I'm not sure u could catch her if I just turned her loose. Anyway, should I worm mom with Safe Guard to decrease the parasite load; what about a Tetanus SQ injection (I have on hand from when I wethered 2 of my now 11 week olds, Blackie & Socks); should I milk more often to increase milk production (she does have one firm spot in 1 udder which I've been massaging when I milk her but will try a warm compress tomorrow, and should I add a milk replacer???
A different scenario:. We had twins born to another doe 20 MAR also. Should I try to catch that doe and milk her, (she has very full udders), to feed Gizmo my premie? And her own buckling now has some diarrhea, yellow milk poop but stained down both back legs possibly due to overeating milk. Should I give him a Tetanus SQ? Gave him a little B complex today, what about probiotic and electrolytes? His sister appears fine and both are up and active. They are small but not premature like Gizmo. Also, when should Gizmo receive a Tetanus shot since he was premature and small?
Any advise would be appreciated. Sorry it's so long... Thank you!!!