Post by saraisfree on Feb 23, 2009 22:00:10 GMT -5
We got a goat he was unplanned but we could not leave him where he was. We have been told he is 3-4 weeks old mom was no where around. We could not get any information on him. We was up against a house under a dryer vent trying to get warm and dry. It took a half hour to convince the people to sell him to us. Then a half our of trying to catch him. We have no clue on everything we need to do for him. He still runs from us. We have no clue if he is fixed. or what shots to give him or if he has had any. If it is going to hurt him to give shots again that he might have already had. He is a little skinny the feed store said feed him goat chow and the grass hay I feed my mini horses. Ant help is appreciated Thank You Sara
Post by Brandywine on Feb 23, 2009 22:10:27 GMT -5
Welcome to Goat Wisdom and the world of goats. No it won't hurt him to re-vaccinate. 3 to 4 weeks is a little young to be weaned from milk. But it can be raised successfully at that age on grain. Just start him easy on the grain. Over feeding at this point before he gets used to grain can be deadly. I would get something for cocci to have have on hand( sulmet works well) just in case and keep a very close eye out for any diahrrea. If you can get him to take a bottle of goat milk that would be great, sometimes the older kids won't take a bottle. When having to supplement I have had best luck with Purina kid replacer but mixed Not as strong as the directions say with a little cinnamon mixed in. Good Luck with your baby. Spend lots of times holding and talking quietly and he will setttle down soon.
Last Edit: Feb 23, 2009 22:12:13 GMT -5 by Brandywine
WOW I dont know where to start , at 3 to 4 weeks he should be on a bottle,check him for lice, see if you can find kid feed or senior horse feed may be O.K , hay , I hate to pass the buck (lol) but I would P.M Brandywine ( find one of her posts click on her name and send her A P.M she is the best we have on kids) You will need alot of help to keep him alive , Bless you for buying him goats are wonderfull he will pay you back ten times with love . WELCOME TO WISDOM YOU CAME TO THE RIGHT PLACE.
Who turned on the eletric fence without telling me? X#!
i am a new mom aswell. helped on family farms during spring breaks growning up. the best thing i found was "storey's guide to raising a goat" can get online for cheap at borders.com in the used section . also if there is any farms in your area that you can befriend that helps too. the best thing that i found to humanize my boys was to handle them as much as possible. now i can pick them up, play with their toes/ears and they don't mind a bit. you'll be fine, just be a mom!!!!
Post by angelsprite on Feb 27, 2009 0:30:11 GMT -5
Sara, I'm glad you found Goatwisdom and welcome aboard. I'm sure you'll want to tell everyone about everything your new goat does to entertain you. Goats are VERY entertaining, so let me encourage you to just shout it right out. Goats are great. You are embarking on a fun adventure. ;D
Welcome. We're coming up on our one year anniversary of being goat owners. It's been a roller coaster of emotions for me - but worth it. This is definately a site to bookmark and visit often. I learn a lot from reading others' posts. Also, jotting things down in a notebook and having emergency supplies ready BEFORE needing them has been helpful. And buy a container of Probios...
~Lynn (& Edwin) I'm a third grade teacher and hubby is a residential contractor; married 22 years.
Another thing you asked about him being "fixed".... at that age I would think not, they are not supposed to be castrated until atleast 3 months old. Everybody seemed to cover everything else pretty well but I would try getting him on a bottle first, pritchert nipples from TSC seem to work best JMO they can be screwed on to any plastic soda bottle...and keep him hydrated!!!! Also keep an eye on his poop consistantcy, solid little berries are a good thing.
Post by carolgraves52 on Mar 2, 2009 16:00:24 GMT -5
You have all this info to filter thru but just love it. It is scared to death. Try a milk replacer in a bottle or a bowl or Maanna Pro calf manna from Tractor Supply. You will be fine and so will the little one.
Many goat owners have the males castrated much earlier than you mention. We do them surgically at the same time we disbud and in over 30 years, have only had one wether develop UC prior to being butchered.