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I have boer/kiko cross kids that where boer 12/12/12 (or 9weeks old) and weigh 40 lbs, they are healthy and eating  grain and hay. My Question is when can we wean them?

Answer
You can wean as early as 8 weeks old; or if you want to get a little more weight on them you can go to 12 weeks.  Also, depending on what type of hay and grain they are eating (if grain does not have 14% protein at least in it then they still need the milk for the protein to build strong bones and muscles), they may still need milk to grown stronger.  As an example, I bottle raise out kid goats and wean them at 3 months of age along with their eating a general pelleted livestock feed (has 14% protein plus vitamins and minerals including calcium) and they also get calf starter/calf manna (for extra protein, vitamins and minerals) and they get orchard grass hay), these are dairy goat kids.  Hope this helps - Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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