The first one born was a lot bigger then the second one. But #1 had a weak leg and wasn't walking around well and when she did she was what our neighbor called knuckling and the foot wouldn't stand straight.
#1 did get a good couple of nursings within an hour of birth and I gave her some BoSe and warmed her up. She is walking on it fine now and bouncing around like crazy.
The problem is that the mother will not let her near, won't let her nurse or even be in the stall with her, she keeps trying to headbutt it away, rolling it around the stall being downright horrid and ignores it completely the rest of the time. She is very dotting on the smaller one that was born without any leg problems. Am I to assume she has rejected this one and I need to bottle feed it, and keep it away from the mom? We have the little one removed from the mom now for it's safety.
EDIT: In the picture it is the one on the left, you can see the rear left leg is not right.
Post by Rose's Goats on Mar 15, 2010 10:10:49 GMT -5
If mom doesn't want anything to do with the one baby after a day, I would take it and bottle feed it. You will probably have to separate it completely from mom and sister just so mom can't hurt it. Some goats reject their kids. No one really knows why this happens.
As for the leg problem, this is usually caused by a selenium deficiency. I would give that kid a dose of BoSe. Her leg should straighten out in a few days as the ligaments and muscles tighten and tone.
Post by vredenburgs on May 2, 2010 15:35:20 GMT -5
I have the EXACT same problem...mom refuses the big healthy baby..Tiny Doeling she dotes on....mine are 53 hours old now and I ended up taking the refused Buckling in the house and am bottle feeding him now...wow was that a chore...he didn't want the bottle for about 24 hours but I kept at him...shoving it in his mouth till he got hungry enough this morning to take it. I am using a regular baby bottle and nipple....hope your babies are ok...good luck ! Keep us posted !