How Often Do Baby Goats Poop?

Discussion in 'Beginners Goat Raising' started by KristiStone, May 31, 2019.

  1. KristiStone

    KristiStone Member

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    Apr 29, 2015
    My Willow is on her 3rd freshening (but I'm posting in here because I feel like a huge beginner still). She just had a little buckling on Tuesday night, and I haven't seen any poop from this little guy. No scours, no logs....mayyyybe some small goat pellets, but I have read that doesn't happen until they are about 2 weeks? I can't remember from past births.

    What kind of poop do you all see in the first week?

    For background, baby is fine, hanging around with mom a lot, goes for moms teats often (but doesn't linger long at all--is he just taking little bites?), and is trying out his legs by hopping around a lot and such. He seems normal. I may be just watching him too closely and worrying because he's a singleton. Last two freshenings, Willow had two babies, and then quads.

    Thanks.
     
  2. SandyNubians

    SandyNubians Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2017
    Idaho
    First day I see the meconium. Dark tar poo. After the first day, it goes to the yellowish milk poo. It remains that until they start eating plants at 1-4 weeks old. Then it starts becoming more of pellets. If you are worried I would do an enema. Easy to do and not super stressful. You can use just plain warm or water. I use warm water and original dawn dish soap. I had a kid born early this month and didn't see him poo once after the meconium. After 40 hours of no poo, I did an enema twice a day for 4 days before I saw him going on his own. He had really hard, compact milk(yellow) poo. Not sure why. I had him in a crate so no way he went without me seeing. Strange thing was he acted perfectly normal, other than occasional straining. You might just be missing his poos, but definitely if you are worried an enema is a good choice. Better safe than sorry.

    Edited to add
    All my other kids who have normal bowel movements. They normally poo once after a feeding. So about 3-6 times a day.
     

  3. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    Is the mom doing a good job of cleaning him? I have great moms they keep the kids really clean, moms that never clean (wet wipes work good) and moms that start out good then quit as the kids get older.

    If he is acting good she probably is doing the cleaning.
     
  4. groovyoldlady

    groovyoldlady Goat Crazy!

    Jul 21, 2011
    Central Maine
    Yeah, that early poo either sticks to everything (Hence the need for cleaning) or it just seems to "magically" disappear. I agree that if he seems to be feeling fine, you shouldn't be worried!
     
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  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I agree with the others.
     
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  6. KristiStone

    KristiStone Member

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    Apr 29, 2015
    Yes, she is SUPER conscientious. Always always licking him. I thought she might perhaps just be cleaning him up really well since she's constantly following him around and licking him, especially his backside.

    He is acting fine, besides doing some panting. I'm guessing he's getting a little warm. I'm dipping his feet in water every couple of hours, which seems to be helping.
     
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  7. KristiStone

    KristiStone Member

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