Goats/babie goats

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Question
I have babies pygmy goats born 2 days ago. They were nursing well and moving around good. Now all of a sudden they have there head down at there knees. What should i do?

Answer
First, bring them inside your house.  Are they peeing and pooping?  What type/color of poop.  Sounds like they may have a pneumonia or may be selenium deficient or may have enterotoxemia.  Do you have any injectable antibiotics? Penicillin is best.  Also get warmed up.  If you can check their temperatures - anything over 102.5 would indicate an infection.  Is the mom doing okay?  Sometimes this is an infection from the mom.  Let me know - call me too if you want - 360-742-8310 Donna

Also, if they have diarrhea that is yellow, if you have CDT toxoid would give them each 1 cc now and again in 2 hours and then again in 2 hours.  Do you have any oral antibiotics available to you?  Will need to feed them from a bottle - use of a human baby bottle/nipple can work well.  Pritchard teats from the feed store work well too - these have a yellow band with a red nipple, fit on water and soda bottles.  Did they get colostrum from the mom okay their first day of life?  Let me know - please do feel free to call anytime - kid goats can go down so quickly.  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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