I have been thinking about starting a lamb/kid rescue for abandoned/oprhaned kids/lambs and was just curious...How much milk does an average kid drink before being weaned? i know that meat goats typically wean at 2 months and dairy at 3 months, but i was just wondering how much on average a kid would drink. Any references or resources would be great. Thanks!
Golden Autumn Farm Dairy Goats Saanans and Alpines
Go to www.goatwisdom.com/feeding.html for tips on feeding baby goats. It's done by weight, which is easy as long as you have a digital bathroom scale. I have Boer, and if I had orphans (which I don't....kinda...) then I would wean at three months regardless of breed.
It's not a set in stone graph, but it's set the way it is because overeating is a dangerous thing with goats.
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The amount I go by GENERALLY is.......... 80 ounces per kid per day (some will drink less than this few will drink/need more). Boers CAN be weaned at 2 months but it's not always a good idea..... always look at the condition (weight, how much feed/hay they are eating, and how well they are drinking water) before considering weaning at this age. They will survive if you stop feeding them early but they will not always thrive.