Weaning

2 May

I’ve had to start weaning kids even though they are quite young.  It started with Mary.  She had some pretty out of control bottle jaw.

Mary

I put her in the Love Shack.  She’s not happy about that, but it only took a couple of days for the bottle jaw to go down.

Then I had to wean Haley’s boys because she was getting bottle jaw.  You can see she’s horribly thin and she’s lost most of the color on her side and has a bare streak down her nose.

Haley

I also put Cinnamon with her in the north paddock.  She’s thin and losing hair too.

Cinnamon

After a couple of days, she still didn’t have much milk in her udder.  I got more milk from her when Athena and I were both taking from her last year.

Mary and Haley’s kids are fine.  They were already taking bottles, and they’re still getting them.

Haley feeding Hook and Smee

I do worry about John.  He has never taken a bottle.  He’s chewing his cud, and he’s good at eating sweet feed, but I do worry he’ll need more food and copper than I can provide.

John

Hopefully, they all do well with the new weaning arrangements.

4 Responses to “Weaning”

  1. Penny Marr May 2, 2019 at 4:40 pm #

    I have goats also, and have noticed the thinning hair on some of their sides and bare spots on noses. Is this the copper deficiency in your opinion?

    • Teresa May 2, 2019 at 4:42 pm #

      It could be. It could also be other issues. There is a blood test you can do to test copper levels. I would definitely check with a vet.

  2. janicead May 2, 2019 at 4:46 pm #

    Always something.

  3. Jeanne May 4, 2019 at 10:18 pm #

    I’m so sorry that so many aren’t doing well!

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