Warming milk for bottle babies - how long do you have to?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by CodyAcres, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. CodyAcres

    CodyAcres New Member

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    Feb 21, 2009
    Rural Oklahoma
    Should I still be warming the milk for my bottle babies, or can I just pour it straight from the fridge and feed it to them? They are 7 weeks old and 4.5 weeks old now.

    Thanks,
    Jamie
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    No I wouldnt give it to them cold. I would always warm it up.

    I use the microwave and warm it up for a couple seconds - real simple and easy.

    The kids can get stomach achs from the cold milk - their bodies cant handle it cold.
     

  3. CodyAcres

    CodyAcres New Member

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    Feb 21, 2009
    Rural Oklahoma
    Thanks Stacey! That's what I do (use the microwave), but just thought I'd check to make sure it was necessary.

    Jamie
     
  4. Thanatos

    Thanatos New Member

    937
    Mar 16, 2009
    Lake Ariel, Pa
    I use the microwave and my finger. When it is just a bit warm, barely warmer than my finger its good. If you want to use a thermometer I think 100F is good.
     
  5. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    I check it on my wrist. My bottle baby last year was SO SO picky that if it was to cold or to warm he wouldnt drink it - I have to have it JUST RIGHT :roll: I tried to break him of the habit but he wouldnt eat all day! SO I just went back to makign sure it was where he liked it.
     
  6. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I also use my wrist to... when it feels cozy warm... not hot .....is it safe to give to the kid.....but I ..."do not" use the microwave ...it kills the good antibodies in the colostrum/milk ....What I do is ....run hot tap water .....get a bowel... put the hot water in it ...and put a bottle in the middle of the bowel..with the milk in the bottle........check on it once in a while...put the lid on it then...kinda swoosh it and shake it around ....to mix the temp more evenly....to get a more accurate temp.... on your wrist....if it needs more warming ...put it back in ....until ready.....and when it is ....you can feed the kid.... :wink:
     
  7. lesserweevil

    lesserweevil New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    I do the same as you, toth boer goats, for exactly the same reason!

    LW
     
  8. Coraxfeather

    Coraxfeather New Member

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    Oct 8, 2008
    Slippery ROckPA
    I guess I am weird cause I make it freash for every bottle. YYYAAAA I have findly wheen 4 of them and four more to go.
     
  9. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    :thumbup:





    No you are not weird at all.....some don't have access to fresh milk at all times... so they have improvise ......I am happy that you get to wean 4 babies....that must ease your mind... :wink:
     
  10. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    General rule is warm it like you would a baby bottle - to blood temp. But I have found individual kids like it slightly warmer or slightly cooler.

    Only feed cold milk if you are feeding it right from day 1 and ad lib. You can get some good results that way, but you shouldnt chop and change them from warm to cold or vice versa.

    I dont heat colostrum in the microwave, use warm water for that but normal milk and replacer I warm in the microwave and it is fine.

    I make up about 3 - 4 L of milk at one time. Mine get restricted to 1L per kid/lamb per day. So depending on how many I am feeding, sometimes that doesnt last very long lol
     
  11. Amy Goatress

    Amy Goatress New Member

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    Oct 1, 2008
    When we raised bottle babies, ours preferred warm milk over cold milk and we used the microwave as well.