Post by mybella1013 on Apr 10, 2008 12:11:12 GMT -5
I adopted 2 baby boys, both are black and white and one is a Pygmies. Oscar and Felix. I have been bottle feeding them 3 times a day for 3 1/2 weeks. They do eat hay but will not eat sweet feed for horses or regular goat feed. In a effort to get them to eat goat feed I have in included it in the milk which at first they weren't to happy about but they do eat it. I have tried to put feed in their mouths, no luck, put the powder over the feed, no luck, put milk over the feed, no luck. I even have gone without a feeding leaving the pellets out but they just scream all day. Any help will be appreciated. Also does anyone know what kind of goats theses boys are by just telling the color?
Post by bugsy123in on Apr 10, 2008 15:25:53 GMT -5
If you don't have any other goats to "teach" them this is what they should eat it may take a bit longer to get them on the pellets. Keep putting powder on it and keep it out in front of them at all times. In another 3 weeks or so you can start weakening their milk to keep them hungry but right now that milk is way more important than the goat feed. You have another 6-9 weeks of bottling ahead of you. Goats come in all colors and it would be really hard to tell the breed by just a color.
Post by missourigal on Jul 6, 2008 22:34:17 GMT -5
I agree with bugsy123in 100 %.. The milk is more important than the goat feed. If they don't get the milk then it will stunt their growth. Have you ever had a doe dry up when the baby is still young and then they don't grow get popped bellied rough hair and just look terrible.. So keep then on the milk. Trust me on this one because I had one to do this about a month ago, (sale barn city) and the Baby is just now coming out of it. Missourigal
missourigal life is like a box of chocolate's you never know which one you will get !!!!!!
Post by getoutallbest on Jul 17, 2018 4:20:55 GMT -5
Let your baby goats get milk from their mother. The first feeding, or colostrum, is extremely important. The mothers milk contains important antibodies that the kid will need to survive. The kid should feed for the first time within an hour. Baby goats should feed four or five times a day Pull a few streams of milk from the doe to make sure the milk isn't blocked. Watch the baby kid to make sure it drinks milk. If the kid is having trouble finding where to feed from, give it some direction. If the kid isn't drinking from the mother, bottle feed it the colostrum. The milk needn't be from the mother, it can be from another goat producing milk. You can also find colostrum in stores. It will require refrigeration.
It sounds like these are the only two goats the OP has and the mother is not on their property. How old are these babies? I don't see where you stated an age? Were they newborns when you got them or were they already bottle babies? Goats should be given milk until AT LEAST 10 to 12 weeks of age.
Without photos, it would be pretty much impossible to tell you what breed they are.
You say they are both boys. Do you plan to use them for breeding or pets? If pets, I would encourage you to have them castrated or banded. Intact bucks do not make good pets. They can be aggressive toward each other and YOU or your children. They also get quite stinky during breeding season. Wethers (castrated males) are much calmer and easier to handle. They also do not tear up the fences and such like bucks can.
As stated above, without other goats there to show them how to eat and what to eat, weaning them may take a bit longer. Leave the hay and feed out for them free choice until they start eating better. At that point, just feed the pellets twice a day in a small amount but give them all the hay they want. Loose minerals are very good for them as well. Be sure to keep the hay and feed where they cannot walk in it and poop/pee in it. If it is soiled, they won't eat it. Fresh water should also be accessible to them at all times.
By now those kids have either went to the butcher or have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. The post is ten years old. Good advise though still posted for others in the same boat currently.