Help with a baby

Discussion in 'Mini Mania' started by kelebek, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    I have a little girl - Malibu - that was born June 19th. She was one of trips. Momma was always nursing all three - but I didn't realize till about 2 weeks ago that she was very small compared to her siblings.

    At 6 weeks she was 4.8 pounds - at birth she was 2.7 - so as you can see she hasn't gained at all...... really.

    She has free choice alfalfa hay, minerals, been wormed and cocci prev, fresh water, and her siblings left a couple days ago - so free access to momma....

    Any other ideas? She is a happy little girl - plays a bit - eats hay alot... I just think that they pushed her out... i was thinking of trying her on the bottle and getting her going for extra nurishment.
     
  2. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    Great plan Allison!
     

  3. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    Would calf manna milk replacer or the pellets be better?

    I want to give her unpasturized goats milk --- but I haven't really seen her try and eat the grain or anything like it
     
  4. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    As long as mom is with her, she'll soon realize that she can get all the milk she wants....unless mom is kicking her away.
    The calf manna pellets are easier to give, if you can set up a creep style feeder she'll have access without the bigger goats getting it first.

    She is a teeny one! I hope she gets a growth spurt very soon :hug:
     
  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I agree with Liz.... :wink:
     
  6. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    She can get out of the fence and come out - however since her siblings left, I have not seen her out of the fence at all.... so not sure if she has or not. I am going to thaw milk tonight - and hopefully Sandy will have her kids in a week or so and then she can get straight fresh milk...
     
  7. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Watch her mom too....since she no longer has the piglet boys with her, you will likely need to milk her out for comfort.
     
  8. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    Good point Liz - I will put her up on the stand tonight.... If I can find it under all the broken bales of hay..... Ohhhh I forgot to tell you all about that......
     
  9. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    She took a few drinks off of the bottle but wanted back in with the herd bad. Tried to give her calf manna pellets - even put one in her mouth - would not eat any of them....

    Momma's udder is not hard or completely full so she has to be nursing.... and in honesty - today was the perkiest I have seen this little one since she was a week old. Before she didn't run didn't jump didn't do much of anything. Tonight she went running everywhere and even had a little spring....
     
  10. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    sounds like she is finally getting enough from mom :)
     
  11. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    Yep, I agree with Stacey. Se is finally getting some milk and all she wants. I bet she grow like a wild weed now.
     

  12. AMEN TO THAT! :clap: :applaud:
     
  13. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    I'm glad to hear she's acting like a kid again. I'm sure she'll start gaining weight and growing now! Keep us posted!
     
  14. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Piglets are gone so baby can get all that mom will let her have....yep, she'll be twice the size she is now within a week :wink: