Received this e-mail through my website and we went back adn forth a bit and even on the phone. She gave me permission to post this and ask you all for some more advise.
Thank you all
hey Stacey. Just ran across your site from Lil Goat Farm. Anyhow i really enjoyed your video and what you do. i raise pygmies and nigerians in georgia. i'm very new to bottle feeding however. our last 2 premies didn't make it....no reserach on the net seemed to help. i have this cutie right now, 3 days old. she absolutely starving all the time. i got her up to 2 oz each feeding...and she started having scours. now i'm feeding 1 oz every feeding, about every our and a half or so. i'm feeding goat milk replacer...which so many people hate...i just came to find out after stocking up like crazy. do you use it? would you recommend it?? she's on that milk and electrolies...i switch every feeding according to some more research i have found. my questions is...how much do i feed this little thing? she's 3 lbs now. lost some weight since yesterday cuz i slowed down on the feed due to the scours...but what is the right amount?/ so many of them on the net now a days. thanks again!!
First off i want to give you my cell number so you can call me xxxxxxxxx if you need to.
Next you can give her up to 5 ounces at a time. I know you cut back on the it due to the scours but she is going to get dehydrated and you need to keep the food going.
What do the scours look like? normal baby stools are yellow and soft and sticky! So if this is what she has it is perfectly normal. IF it is runny give her a couple ccs of pepto bismal to firm up the stools.
I have used milk replacer with no problems. What kind are you using? is it formulated for goats or all stock?
Before I give you what my feelings were I would like to know your reactions and suggestions. I am sending her the link to this thread as well.i just called you and left a mesage. i'm going back to the barn, so i figured i'd write before i forget all this stuff
the milk replacer is by Royal Milc, inc. it is called "kid stuff instant milk replacer for goats"
here's what happened. got home from work in the morning...and the momma kidded with triplets. two were perfect, one was down the entire time. tried to get her to nurse for about an hour, but she was more concerned with sleep. also, she couldn't stand up on her hind legs. she couldn't walk actually for 2 days, her hind legs kept sliding out from underneith her. talked to a whole bunch of goat people...they said selenium + vit. e RIGHT NOW!!! so i rushed to the closest vet which was an hour away and paid 60 bucks for a 100ml bottle....and her dose was only.... 0.02 ml if you can imagine that. anyhow. first day i squeezed 2.5 oz of colostrum in her she weighed 2.8 lbs. . 2nd day, 7.5 oz. third day 8.75oz.... yesterday a whopping 15oz. weighed 3.5 lbs....... i never went beyond 2 oz. per feeding. i was feeding her quite often during the day. the third day when she ate 8.75...is when i started her on the milk replacer, and the scours started.... no they weren't the regular sticky stuff. they were really runny and she would poop all day long. yesterday i put her on electrolites (on the net it said to take off milk for 36hours and put on electrolites only) i watered down the electrolites and she had 8oz the whole day. she is running after me screaming. i feel terrible cuz she's soo hungry. anyways, after yesterday the poop seemed to get better. so this morning, i put her back on the milk and on/off electrolites btwn. milk. she hasn't pooped all day. now i'm afraid that she's constipated. AHHHHH...
anyways. she weighed 3.15 lbs this morning....now she weighs 3.10 and she's starving.
from what i have read on the net...i figured that even 2 oz. per feeding was too much and her little tummy wasn't able to digest the food in time. so since yesterday, i've beeen giving her 1oz per feeding. i figured that 1 oz every hour or so would be better....and you see how she is now. she's got lots of energy. takes lots of naps and pees. but no poop today. yes. i am worried. i don't want to cause floppy kid syndrome, and i don't want her to die from the scours.
so here's how it all went down please let me know what else i can do. i read and was told not to give pepto bismol, but if i need to, i will.
her brother and sister are 3 times the size and weight of her and doing great. she's really skinny.
thanks in advanced for all your help and suggestions!!
Thank you all