I am getting two does, probably this weekend. What should I get before they come? I have collars, feed and water buckets, I am making a hay rack, and I have a salt and mineral block. What else would I need right away. Or is there any tips I should know?
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Make sure they have had their CD&T shots, if not do it first thing. I would also recommend feeding exactly the same feed they are currently on for the first week before any kind of transitioning. I'm thinking they are on a bottle? If so use the same milk, be it formula or whole cows milk, just keep it consistent for the first week.
I love calfmanna, if they aren't on a bottle I'd do a 1/3 cup three times a day until they eating really really well on whatever hay you choose.
They may want a large dog carrier to cuddle and sleep in while they are adjusting to their new home. I put shavings in mine and the little ones seem to love that secure feeling.