Bottle Kid Feeding Schedule
Colostrum should be given the first two to three days. This can be nursing their mother or colostrum that was frozen for just such an occasion.
Milk should be heated to 102 degrees. Make sure commercial milk replacer is specifically for goats. Goat milk can be frozen and thawed for kids.
Below is a guideline for bottling feeding amounts and times. In reality, I let my kids drink as much as they want for the first three weeks, but the table is pretty close.
Goats are ruminants. They need access to pasture or hay for good health. They will begin eating grass or hay with their moms when just a few days old. This should be available for bottle kids also.
Make sure goats have access to clean, fresh water.
I don’t let a mom raise their baby if they have been ill and can’t raise them. Even then, I try to leave mom and baby together for the emotional support and care. The only other time I separate mom and kid is if there are triplets and I know the mom won’t be able to keep up with all three.
The earlier a kid is started on the bottle, the easier it is for everyone. If a kid has been nursing their mom and for some reason has to be taken later, it can be hard to impossible to get them to take the bottle.
This ‘n That
*Goats are very social and do not like to be without other goat company.
*Goats are browsers, not grazers. They like to flit about and eat this and that. Goats who are made to graze are more susceptible to parasites.
*Make sure you have a method for parasite control; they are very susceptible to parasites. I use herbal wormer from Hoegger Goat Supply
weekly. I do keep chemical wormer on hand in case someone is sick and not eating well. It’s best to have the vet do a fecal exam to determine what type of worm they have, so they can be treated with the proper wormer. Also, overusing chemical wormers can cause the parasites to become drug resistant.
Posts of Note for Goat Health
–Detailed pictures as Muffin gives birth to twins.