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QUESTION: I had a nanny have twins in the barn two days ago, we lost one and the other was barely hanging in there. Picked him up and brought him in the house as the temp outside for a high was only 12 degrees. I warmed him up and didn't force feed him. About 330 am he let me know he was hungry so I fixed a cup of colostrum and let him suck what he wanted which was about half a cup. Came home at noon to feed him again and he finished the remaining amount. Let him run loose and learn to walk around the house at night tried to feed him and he refused at 10pm so I went to bed. I heard him cry at 130am so I warmed up the rest of the bottle and gave it to him. Now this morning he is limp and weak. What do I do?

ANSWER: HI Pamela-
This baby is not getting enough to eat.. newborn babies who have bee n chilled, eat about every hour the first day or so.. then every couple hours for  a few days after that..  too much time is between his feedings - let me share my articles with you - one on birth chill  and one on bottle feeding.. right now you must bring his body temp up to 100 degrees or more - I suspect it is below ,  a bit of warm water with a tsp of molasses or corn syrup in it and maybe a bit of coffee in it..  you will have to take his temperature with a digital thermometer rectally - normal is 101.5 to 103.5 - if the baby has a temp below 100 he cannot digest the milk and it will sit in the gut and go toxic - he needs to be in front of a space heater  so he can breath in warm air.. warm air in the lungs will help boost his internal body temperature. ALSO I would stick my finger in the  corn syrup and directly into the moth a few times to give him a boost of  sugar to help bring up  his blood sugar quickly..  he is at the stage you may lose him without acting quick and  continuing to  care for him on an hourly basis..

This is what you do in a situation as you had with finding this baby cold :

Feed milk - whole milk from the grocery store if you do not have goat milk -
Here is how to bottle feed him:
Guideline for Bottle Baby Dairy Goat Feeding Schedule
Pygmy and Nigerian Goat Baby Amounts in [ ]:

   * Day one- 2-4oz. [1-3] (per feeding) colostrum, every 2-3 hours.
   * Day two- 3 oz. [2-3] (per feeding) colostrum if you have it or whole milk, 8-10 times a day
   * Day three- 4 oz.[3] (per feeding) colostrum if you have it or whole milk, 8 times a day
   * Day four- 6oz. [4-5] (per feeding) whole milk, 7-8 times a day.
   * Week One - 6-8oz [4-5] (per feeding) whole milk, 7-8 times a day.
   * For the next 2 weeks-6-8oz.[4-6] (per feeding) whole milk, 6 times a day.
   * For the next 2 months-10-12 oz.[6-8] (per feeding)whole milk, 4-5 times a day.
   * For the next 1 month or 6 weeks-10-12 oz. [6-8] (per feeding)whole milk, 3 times a day.
   * 10-12 oz. [8-10] (per feeding) once a day for the next 2 months.

This is JUST a guideline- Adjust as needed - start with the recommended amount and feel the baby's tummy- Stop when it feels full but not tight- measure what is left in the bottle and feed what the baby ate- as the baby grows add to that amount according to size.

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QUESTION: Thing is he refuses to eat or suck the bottle when I do feed him in between. He just won't take it and is fighting me to do so. I'm at a loss...

You need to take his rectal temperature..  stick your finger like I said, into  corn syrup or molasses and directly into the mouth.. is his mouth cold or warm?  What do you have in the bottle?  is it warm enough?  it take a lot of patience,  ALSO has he pooped?  


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