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I have a Boer who gave birth to triplets 2 days ago. The mother only has one teat because she had an infection during her stay with the last owner. All 3 babies were nursing within 2 hours of birth, so I was pretty happy. Today, however, the mother is SOMETIMES rejecting the only boy with nips and butts when he tries to nurse. Yet, sometimes he gets through. He is a bit bigger than the 2 girls, but all 3 look like they’re getting fed. They are active and healthy looking. Is it normal for a mother to sometimes reject one of the babies? Given that she has one teat, is she being selective? Do I need to prepare to hand feed this one?


We are new at this. And guess what – another doe had triplets 5 days ago. We didn’t know the does we bought 4 months ago were pregnant. Thus, we have our hands full!!
Thanks for your advice!
 

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With only 1 working teat, I would be bottle feeding at least one of them. Weigh them daily using a scale that weighs in pounds and ounces or pounds and tenth of pounds. A fish hanging scale works great. Get a bag and weigh it. Then put the goat in the bag and hang it. Subtract the weight of the bag.
 

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I agree. pull one or two and bottle raise....its much to taxing onmom to try to nurse three on one teat..
 
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