kinda really odd "would it work" question...

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by TheMixedBag, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    I bought a bunch of rabbit skins hoping I could use them as a kind of "coat" for any kids unfortunate enough to be born in crap conditions. I've done it with puppies with no problem, but that was also with knowing how mom would react, and with a new smell and totally different look to the kids, I'm a bit concerned how Milky Way would take her kids transforming into funky white rabbits.

    Has anyone else done this, or heard of anyone else doing it? If it's successful,l I may buy out Atwoods and start selling them come spring.
     
  2. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    I've never seen nor heard of it. I don't think it would be a very good idea to have a different smelling fur on new kids. The mother would likely reject them.
     

  3. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    I wouldn't even think about doing it until the kids are old enough to be leaving the barn, but hopefully by then they won't need it, either...
     
  4. Paige

    Paige Senior Member

    967
    Oct 14, 2010
    ohio
    I have heard that this works for horses. They rub a strong smelling perfume on the mothers nose and on her sides and then they put it on the baby almost everywere. In this case you would put it on the rabbit skin and the baby. then the mother thinks its her kid/foal. I think that if it was done corectly it might work. Plus if you bottle feed (I do) it would'nt be a problem.
     
  5. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    Will not will not WILL NOT bottle feed....(I know...I'm a bad goat mommy-they'd get sold before I'd ever have to bottle feed 'em). I'm a fan of "let their mom do it-I"m too busy", so for me, it's either gotta work or they gotta be gone.

    I would bottle feed, I've got nothing against it, but between work and my daughter, there's no time. My husband won't do it, and my dad has no clue and doesn't want to get a clue...
     
  6. Paige

    Paige Senior Member

    967
    Oct 14, 2010
    ohio
    Oh thats too bad :( cause its fun! They are so friendly. And they sell okay.
     
  7. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    The 3 goats I've got now are bottle babies, but the kids I had last year ended up as friendly as if they were bottle babies, but that's mostly because they were too cute to stop playing with.
     
  8. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    In my experience with having babies born the last 8 years, I've never had a heat lamp and sweaters were only recently used 2 years ago...temps were in single digits when babies arrived. My does raise their kids and I've always had friendly babies, being present at each birth to dry the kids in winter is something I have always done, I missed one birth and that was with my FF at the time and she delivered a single in very cold temps, baby was partially dry when I saw her though I did put a sweater on her for a few hours. My does kid in their own stalls so I guess having a draft free area helps with winter kiddings as well.

    I know it's easier to make use of things we already have on hand but I do think that the rabbit skins as kid coats would cause the mom some stress, I've used puppy sweaters from Walmart and had no problem but my girls are experienced moms too and that maternal drive they have overcame the odd smell those sweaters had.