Question we have a set of 3 day old twins, they were cold when we found them but the mother had them licked off. They were warmed given colostrum from mother. one has good sucking the other not. we are milking the mother and bottle feeding them. I was wondering if we could give them some B complex to help stimulate their appetite. What would the dosage be? I would assume oral would be best.
Answer B complex does not really do much for a kid goat as they do not have a working rumen currently. The one without a good suck is probably selenium deficient - giving one 200 mcg human selenium tablet crushed and dissolved in a little hot water and then add half the oil from a 1000 vitamin E capsule and half the oil from an 800 IU vitamin D capsule, mix, cool and give orally - this is per kid goat. You would repeat the dose again tomorrow. Are they just not eating well? How much are they eating? If they were eating a bottle and now not then I would suspect pneumonia. Let me know - Donna
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