Goats/My goat


Hi I have a goat that is only a week old she is bottle fed and the first couple of feedings she fed well but now she is not eating as much and has bloddy stool she was born as the last of triplets. she is being fed 3 times a day with her moms milok for now. I am very worried as this is my first time raising newbron goats. Please respond
From David

HI David;
Has she always been drinking mom's milk or at any time was she on milk replacer? 3 bottles a day is not enough bottles per day and you may be giving her too much at one time, better to give  more bottles with less in them  per feeding. I have a feeding schedule  sample on my website here: http://goat-link.com/content/view/94/76/

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.
When dealing with larger babies and babies over 2 weeks of age you can go by baby weight. Figure 15% of the kid's weight in milk spread over a 24 hour period. A 10lb kid "could " get away with 4 feedings at 6 ounces each totaling 24 ounces which is about 15% of the body weight in milk- a 15lb kid would need a total of 36oz a day in 9 ounce feedings 4 times per day- this again is a guideline and needs to be increased gradually. Any time you bottle feed a young kid under 2 weeks old it is ideal if possible to offer smaller feedings more often but in the case of working parents this may not always be possible.

As for blood in the stool, my guess is a tear in the rectum due to straining perhaps? He is too young for coccidiosis which is  typically what we look toward with blood in the stool. It could be ecoli - http://goat-link.com/content/view/187/29  which is treated with Neomycn Sulfate  found at feed stores -

I'd wait to see if it clears up on it's own first. A Day or 2 - if not get some neomycin sulfate and follow package directions - and use this guide to  regulate her feedings  to be more natural - 3 feedings is easier for us, but  hard on their digestion - we want to mimick mom's feedings.  


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