Bottle feeding baby Feb 14, 2007 11:50:18 GMT -5
Post by ollie on Feb 14, 2007 11:50:18 GMT -5
Hi. I just got a 3 week old grade pygmy goat and he is full of energy, not scared of anything, playful. He has a great, healthy looking coat and seems to be at a good weight as he isn't boney or bloated looking (weights 8 lbs). He was nursed on his moma until I got him (monday). I bought Sav-a-kid milk replacer (very $$ huh!) to feed him. He niddles hay and has been drinking water but I can not get him to bottle feed. He freaks out and will not take it at all and after a bit of struggling with him quite because I was scared of asperating him. I have even tried mixing whole milk with it. Nope! I have also offered him pelleted feed (14% protein, 6% fat, good quality, horse sweet feed which I had on hand. Will buy goat feed soon) and until last night wouldn't touch it. He started eating it last night though. He also started mouthing a crushed alfalfa cube (not really eating it though). I also gave him two Mustard leaves which he loved (didn't want to give him more of the greens because I thought that it might really upset his tummy). So far, his poops have been small and a little "sticky". He will do a ball or two with sticky-pastey goo around it. I haven't dewormed him and don't think that his moma was dewormed even though she had a good healthy coat, nice weight and overall looked great. Should I go ahead and deworm him? I work at a vets office so taking in a poop sample wouldn't be a problem and I thought about doing that today. Anyway, my question is; should I worry that he isn't wanting to bottle feed? If he is drinking water, eating hay, and starting to eat grain, do I need to worry with the Sav-a-kid? Also, is it ok to offer him greens? He really seemed to like the mustard. Today, I left him with a little bowl of the sweet feed, crushed alfalfa, and the sav-a-kid top dressed on top. He also has hay and water in his crate with him too. Thanks for any help!