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Hey! I'm new here, my name is Aslea. I own two goats, both Nubian does. Hope to have fun here.

I am currently breeding my older doe. With the last two times I've had kids here I've never been able to get much milk before my does dry up, and I don't have the facilities to separate them as easy. All I have is one fenced in yard.

So my plan for when she kids this time is to separate the kids as soon as I can and bottle feed them till they should be weaned from milk. I thought maybe I could separate them from her at a week and begin bottle feeding them so they can get colostrum. I don't know the whole bottle feeding process. I thought if I could separate them from her at birth then I'd feed them her milk from a bottle till they could have goat milk replacer (which I have PLENTY of).

The only reason I'd like to bottle feed is because the kids are always so antisocial. She had a pair of kids that once they could run I couldn't get within 10 feet of them. I still have the doeling from them, and she is so antisocial, and I can't get her off her mom, having to put tape on mom so she won't drink.

I don't know the process, so guys help me out! And I hope to hear from yall :)
 

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I forgot to add. I am planning on buying a new dog kennel/pen so that I can put them in it to separate them. I forgot to add that.
 

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Bottlefeeding

Honestly, i won't be much help with this. When I got my first goat, she was supposed to drink from the bottle. She refused it and would only eat grain(that started the stubborness of a lifetime). I just thought I would post here because of the whole antisocialism thing. I'm very interested about the kids acting like that because m first goat, Lily, was dam raised and at first hated us. Within a week though, she was like a dog. She was a social butterfly with people. My second goat, Rose,(who happened to share the same sire as Lily) was the complete opposite. A very shy, quiet kid. She still is today, but has very much improved her social skills. I know who have obviously planned what you are going to do already, but if I was in your shoes, I would bottle and dam raise. I hear from people that it's great for the kids because not only do they associate with other kids and their dam, but they interact with people,too. For a couple days, I would let the kids nurse the colastrum from their mother, but would certainly be out there with a bottle during their first week of life. That way they asscoiate with you, but get all the natural vitamins from their mother. From the stories and experiences I've heard about, this works reallly well. Maybe you could consider this tactict next kidding.
 

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Do a search on bottle feeding. There are already several good threads on how to do it. If you do a search on bottle or bottle feeding, you should be able to find the threads.
 

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Honestly, i won't be much help with this. When I got my first goat, she was supposed to drink from the bottle. She refused it and would only eat grain(that started the stubborness of a lifetime). I just thought I would post here because of the whole antisocialism thing. I'm very interested about the kids acting like that because m first goat, Lily, was dam raised and at first hated us. Within a week though, she was like a dog. She was a social butterfly with people. My second goat, Rose,(who happened to share the same sire as Lily) was the complete opposite. A very shy, quiet kid. She still is today, but has very much improved her social skills. I know who have obviously planned what you are going to do already, but if I was in your shoes, I would bottle and dam raise. I hear from people that it's great for the kids because not only do they associate with other kids and their dam, but they interact with people,too. For a couple days, I would let the kids nurse the colastrum from their mother, but would certainly be out there with a bottle during their first week of life. That way they asscoiate with you, but get all the natural vitamins from their mother. From the stories and experiences I've heard about, this works reallly well. Maybe you could consider this tactict next kidding.
You've had it lucky then XD the mother is naturally unsocial, it has taken me over a year and the death of her companion to gain her trust, and she still doesn't like being with people unless a treat is involved. Her kid is the same way. So was the her brother and the kids brother. Its like it runs in the family or something.

But my late doe was extremely social, she would get mad if you DIDN'T pay attention to her. Her kid loved human company from birth, and would get in your lap. When I got home and walked up to their house, and said "Hey mama" he popped out of no where and was like "HEY I'M HERE TOO!" like he knew me! And he was an hour old! Loved that kid.

Just thought I'd share.
 
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