Post by venadochivo on Apr 11, 2020 21:54:35 GMT -5
I'm looking for a little goat wisdom related to bottle feeding. My two does (first fresheners) kidded about two weeks ago. One had quadruplets and the other triplets. The triplet mama rejected two of her three (both bucklings), and the other nanny rejected one of her buclkings. I noticed, however, that the rejected buckling was holding his own through sneak attacks from behind (and continues to do so). One of the doelings, however, appeared to be giving up on the fight for a teat. I had thought to bottle feed the rejected buckling but opted to take the doeling that appeared to be giving up. I have been bottle feeding the three rejects for a couple of weeks now, and today I decided I would experiment with releasing the three to the herd. The doeling (from the group of quadruplets) did not take long to go back to mama's udder. Shall I just keep my three bottle-feds separated through the duration of the bottle feeding period?
I only had one kid that I ever bottle fed that had been rejected. She was the runt of a set of quads and the doe would have nothing to do with her. I left her with the other goats and she slept with the other babies, played with them, etc. I just fed her with a bottle but otherwise changed nothing in her care. She did great and learned to play and browse, etc. from watching the doe and being with the herd. If they have already been separated for a few weeks, the does may not accept them with the other kids so keeping them separated may be safer for them.