Question I have a Nigerian Dwarf Goat that gave birth to triplets, all are fine and nursing, is there anything I should give the little ones to supplement mom's feeding? They were born on 10/26/12, and are already getting in to feed bowl when mom eats. I just want to make sure since there are three that they remain healthy.
Answer Their birth date is 9/26/2012??, correct? Does it seem that all are looking healthy and getting enough milk? If they seem thin even after feeding on mom then a bottle once or twice a day of either milk replacer or goat's milk would help. As kid goats do not have a rumen until they are about 4 to 6 weeks old, so if their birth date really is September 26, 2012, then they could start having a product called calf manna/starter - this is a very small pelleted feed full of vitamins and minerals - they could have one tablespoon each once or twice a day (after starting them on a teaspoon or so twice a day for a few days to get their rumen used to heavier food) - older goat food is not the best for them - we use a general livestock pelleted food for all our does that also the kid goats can eat without issue. Hope this helps - Donna
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