Weight gain in kids

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by Polarhug, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. Polarhug

    Polarhug New Member

    Jul 1, 2010
    Southcentral Alaska
    Did a 2nd weighing for my 4 boer/nubian kids today. They are 9 days old.
    They are all gaining the exact same amount of weight! I was really curious to see if there were differences in weight gain between the runt and the largest kid.

    Aggie - 11.6 (.47 lbs gain per day)
    Ava - 11.6 (.47 lbs gain per day)
    Aeris - 9.4 (.48 lbs gain per day)
    Alton - 12.4 (.48 lbs gain per day)

    My question is will the runt always stay the runt, or do they catch up eventually?
  2. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Depends, sometimes they will catch up, it just takes them a bit longer to do so.

  3. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    There is almost always one who is smaller than the rest. Yes they do catch up once they are eating hay & grain. By weaning time they will have caught up & by the time pretty much full grown you'd never know you had a "runt".