Newborn Baby Goat Refuses To Nurse

Discussion in 'Kidding Koral' started by GeorgiaGrownGoats, May 17, 2017.

  1. Last night, our first goat went into labor and delivered a healthy little doeling. This is a first time mama and the baby began nursing as soon as it could stand. This morning, the mama seems like she doesn't understand how to feed her baby and the baby doesn't seem interested in nursing off the mother or anything for that matter. We've tried milking the mama and feeding the baby with a bottle, but it will not suck. It won't even suck a finger like she was last night. What should we do to get this baby to eat? :ponder:
     
  2. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    What is her temp?
     

  3. Suzanne_Tyler

    Suzanne_Tyler GreenTGoats

    Jul 19, 2014
    US
  4. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    How is she acting?
     
  5. fetchthedog

    fetchthedog New Member

    5
    Nov 20, 2016
    had same issue 16 years ago. found a goat "whisperer" who tried different nipples using fresh goat milk from her Nubians. I was told some babies will stand in place and wither but I refused that option and kept trying different scenarios. He didn't eat for almost two days until we hit on a solution.
     
  6. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Make sure the kids temp is at least 100 degree's and above, then syringe feed some milk to the kid (no needle), at the back corner of the mouth, putting your index finger into the mouth mimicking a teat, move your finger slightly in and out still leaving it in the kids mouth, while slowly feeding form syringe, also have someone tickle the tailhead at the same time. Hopefully after a syringe or two full, the kid will get the suck reflex, when that happens, hold the kid up to mamma, open the mouth and squirt an little bit into the kids mouth, release, tickle tailhead. Repeat until the kid goes for it. Go out every few hours and do this. If mamma doesn't want to hold still, tie her head snug to a post and her back leg, the side you are working from. Have them in a bonding pen alone with no other goats for a few days until they bond.
    Milk out some milk for syringe feeding from mamma, it will also help make her feel less full and sore.

    A bo-se shot may help as well.

    Nutradrench
     
  7. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    Give the kid Vit.B complex, sub q. 1/2 cc if a full size kid. ( not mini). She may have eaten all night and just is not hungry! Hopefully!
     
  8. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
  9. Update!

    Thank you all for being so helpful! I'm sorry that I've been inactive, we've had lots of babies in the past few weeks! Everyone is healthy and eating the right way! :fireworks:
     
  10. Suzanne_Tyler

    Suzanne_Tyler GreenTGoats

    Jul 19, 2014
    US
    Good to hear :)

    Did you figure out what was up with the baby you originally posted about?
     
  11. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Thank you for the update, glad all is well. :)
     
  12. Suzanne_Tyler

    We didn't figure out exactly what was going on with her, but we did literally everything we could to get her to eat and it worked! We thought that maybe her mom just didn't want to take care of her (the baby is now named Annie after the red headed orphan) but the mama eventually caught onto how to take care of her. Now she's about three weeks old and very healthy and friendly!