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Hi Donna , my french alpine just delivered two beautiful buck kids . Big and hearty . They have been trying to get milk from the doe pretty much since they were born . This doe has gigantic teats , 9 inches long and as big around as coke bottles . I took milk off her and fed them myself , but I'm wondering is it possible they can nurse her at all . I did manage to get them to suck if i held the teat up , but if they loose it they can't find it . I guess what I'm asking should i take the responsibility of feeding them till at least i see them suckling ?

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Would suspect the kids would not ever be able to suck off of mom - so you are doing the right thing with bottle feeding them - it is possible if the kids do get big enough at 6 weeks of age they could feed off of mom's teats, but by then they would be used to the bottle.  So, in answer to your question, yes, I would just feed them and that way you know they are getting what they need.  Hope that 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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