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I got Nibbles when she was around 2 or three weeks old... Rejected baby goat and not sure if and how much colostrum she got at birth... She was underweight and I was advised to give her a bottle of 200ml full cream cows milk every 4 hours,as well as water with molasses.
Within the first week at home she stared having terrible diahree and was lethargic.
I raise her as if she is my own baby and seeing her like that broke my heart.
I took her to a vet who immediately started deworming and antibiotics and told me she might not make it.
I left the vet in tears...
I decided to stop the molasses water and give her 125 ml full cream cows milk every two hours, even through the night.
I made sure she was warm, dry and held her in my arms or on my lap a lot!
I took her to the vet daily for a antibiotic injection whilst giving her deworming / parasite medicine in her milk daily.
On the 3rd day I went back to the place I bought her to collect some goat droppings.
From this I made a tea with Luke warm water and mixed it with her milk for two feedings,hoping to get the right bacteria in her digestive system.
On day 4 she got another antibiotic injection and gained 600g in body weight.
On day 5 the vet said he is not giving her another antibiotic injection as her diahree stopped and her poop was solid.
For the next two weeks she drank 125 ml full cream cows milk, her poop became what I call black pepper corns and she stared playing!
Nibbles is my little (not so little anymore!) miracle, and the most grecaious, clever, loving and endearing pet I could ever dream to have!
Yes, we did get her a companion, a Nigerian doeling whom we call Patches.
More on this subject later though ;)
Yvette
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Hi Yvette, my name is Sandra, and I want to welcome you to our forum. Like the name Nibbles and I have a Nigerian wether named Patch, he is a tri colored paint. Great job pulling baby Nibbles through that rough start when such a young kid. Your love for Nibbles shines through when you tell of the care given during those early weeks and the way you express how dear she is to you now.
 

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Aw, that’s such a heart warming story. So glad Nibbles pulled through. Sounds like you’re a wonderful goat keeper.

And welcome! I’m new here too.

Also, I’d love to see pics of Nibbles and Patches. I just love goat pics. They’re always so stinking cute!
Thank you so much for your kind reply FizzyGoats 🤗 here are pictures of Nibbles and Patches 😀
 

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Hi Yvette, my name is Sandra, and I want to welcome you to our forum. Like the name Nibbles and I have a Nigerian wether named Patch, he is a tri colored paint. Great job pulling baby Nibbles through that rough start when such a young kid. Your love for Nibbles shines through when you tell of the care given during those early weeks and the way you express how dear she is to you now.
Thank you Sandra for your response. Yes, can't believe myself how much I love Nibbles and now Patches.
I've been retrenched recently and my goat kids give me so much joy!!!
Please do share a picture of your wether Patch?
PS: As a newby goat mommy I only recently found out about doelings in heat... What I read cares me to death... And I have not yet been lucky enough to find a vet willing to spay my girls lol!!
 

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Welcome to TGS! Thanks for sharing your beautiful story and pictures!
Why does it scare you when the girls are in heat?
 

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Please do share a picture of your wether Patch?
I am planning on trying to post a recent picture of him. He will be 3 years old Monday and I want to post a birthday picture. I used to be able to upload from my tablet to post pictures. Though lately I keep getting an error message when trying to sign on to certain sites since a recent update installed for Silk browser. Will try to use my lap top for a photograph and see what happens. For now, Patch is the goat on the right on my avatar. He was 8 months when that was taken, and his colors and patterns have changed and deepened. Also he has grown a beard, plus more growth to some awesome looking thick, reasonably long and nicely curved horns.
 

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Thank you Sandra for your response. Yes, can't believe myself how much I love Nibbles and now Patches.
I've been retrenched recently and my goat kids give me so much joy!!!
Please do share a picture of your wether Patch?
PS: As a newby goat mommy I only recently found out about doelings in heat... What I read cares me to death... And I have not yet been lucky enough to find a vet willing to spay my girls lol!!
If i were you I would not spay them i would just leave them be. And they are so cute!
 

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PS: As a newby goat mommy I only recently found out about doelings in heat... What I read cares me to death... And I have not yet been lucky enough to find a vet willing to spay my girls lol!!
Yvette, goats have a poor response to being under general anesthesia and there is a high mortality risk involved. I decided not to breed goats before purchasing them. Like you, considered spaying females because I did not want to deal with the hormonal changes, vaginal discharges, and any thing else a doe in heat might display. Well, spaying a female turned out not to be an option. What is making you anxious about heat cycles?
 
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