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We have a 4 day old (born 2/6/13) Boer male, birth wt. 11 lbs, 15 in. tall at shoulder, 19 in. long.  Single birth to nanny, this is her 3rd pregnancy. She bit him and picked him up and tossed him away, she also did this to the male twin from her last time.
She is producing milk so he is being fed mom's milk via bottle.
He passed his baby tar poop then stopped pooping.  
Gave enema yesterday, passed 2 good sized yellow poops (looked like the images for normal poo on, but today is panting, very hungry and has not pooped.  He does pee like a horse though. He is jumping around, playing with the dog, follows us around, alert...he is very quiet, waits patiently to be fed, only bleats when he cannot find us.

Any suggestions?

Would assume this is just constipation - perhaps from eating too much - at his age he probably should be getting fed every 4 hours at about 8 ounces each time.  Enema is always a good idea.  I would suggest mineral oil - for him just 1/4 of a teaspoon now and then again in 2 hours - see how he is pooping then - it may take him 2 to 4 hours to finally get the old poop stopping up things out.  You can add this to his bottle or orally drench.  Would take his temperature if you can - although with his attitude/behavior sounds like he would not have a fever/infection but just to be sure a baseline would be great to have.  Anything over 102.5 would indicate an infection.  So it goes tar poop, then yellow poop (not diarrhea) then to the real goat pellets.  If the yellow turned to diarrhea then that would indicate enterotoxemia and he would need antibiotics and milk of magnesia and CDT vaccinations. When you pick him up and shake gently can you hear any sloshing in his tummy? That can also indicate the beginning of enterotoxemia.  Let me know - Donna


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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres


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