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Ok, I'll try to make the backstory as short as possible, then I'll ask my questions.

I have 2 bottle baby doelings. They are now 11 weeks old. I got them at 5 weeks old. They are Boer crosses (with what is a mystery, most likely Nubian). I got them from people who knew nothing about goats, nor did they try to learn about goats. They were horribly underweight (one weighed 9.4 pounds, the other 8.4 at 5 weeks old), had scours, severe anemia (inner eyelids were white), and full of parasites...both internal and external. They had been taken off milk, being fed only electrolytes and grain (which they didn't eat).

Over the past month and a half I have worked my butt off to get them better. I didn't know anything either, but I was smart enough to research and learn as much as I could. This forum, one of the most special members here (Thank you again, Cathy), and my efforts helped save their lives. They have been wormed (Valbazen and Baycox), treated for there extremely severe lice infestation, gotten their initial and booster CD T shots, fed properly, iron up, etc. etc. Now they are thriving :)

Now to my issues with weaning. Because they were so severely underweight, I was advised to keep them longer on milk. So I did. Last week I dropped them from 3 bottles a day to 2. They both get 8 oz at 8 am, then again at 8 pm. During the day they browse. They have a constant supply of water, minerals, grain, baking soda, and hay. They don't touch the grain, don't touch the hay, only rarely take a nibble of the baking soda and minerals. The eat lots and lots of browse...mostly blackberry leaves, grape vine leaves, dogwood tree leaves, and chestnut oak leaves. They also graze the ground cover in the yard. They will be 3 months old on Monday.


When do I drop them down to 1 bottle a day?

Which bottle do I take away...the morning bottle or bedtime bottle?

Once I take one away, do I gradually decrease the amount in that final bottle until I take it away?

How long do I keep them on that last bottle?

How do I get them to eat the grain? I have tried two different brands, and they won't even TRY to eat it.

They don't seem to drink any water, why is that? It's always fresh, and I never see the amount in the bucket decrease...EVER.

Any help appreciated!!

My most recent pic of my babies...taken last week. Their horns are growing!!:


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