I just brought home a 5 month old LaMancha doe yesterday. She ate everything in sight-- hay, alfalfa, forage. She wasn't particularly interested in the pelleted feed or sweet feed. She still has plenty of energy and continues to root around in the hay rack for more alfalfa and forages, but every so often she humps her back and pushes like she's trying to poop without result. Last night her poop was a bit clumpy, but not dry or scours. This morning she had berries again, some are still stuck to her hiney. She also seems to be peeing less. She has free access to minerals with salt added, but no extra salt. Could she just be jammed up because of a lack of fluids? I know I need to worm her after being transported, but she's been wormed recently and her poo was fine yesterday, so I doubt that's it. Also pertinent is her milk intake. She still gets a bottle a couple of times a day. Yesterday I couldn't find a suitable nipple, so she didn't get any milk. This morning I gave her 10-15 oz. of warm goat's milk from the grocery store. I don't have any lactating does. I'm probably being a real Chicken Little here, but I'm new to this, so bear with me.
at 5 months she should be drinking water on her own and be weaned from the bottle.......if she is absolutley stubborn about it just give her a bottle of water and leave out a source of clean fresh water and access to grain, hay, minerals..........wouldn't worm her unless she needed it because you can cause a resistance to develop--those worms are tricky that way.. doesn't sound like anything to worry about other than having a 8 yr old running around with a bottle in her mouth!! Oh, welcome to goat wisdom