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Bottle Baby kids!!


Kids can be purchased as bottle babies as young as 2 days old.  Goats are herd animals and do not do well alone.  If you purchase one goat, you are probably going to have a very lonely, depressed, screaming kid. That is not a very good situation for you or the goat.


Having a bottle baby is short term commitment.  Feeding schedules are as follows-


  • 0 - 4 weeks- 4 feedings per day ( 8 a.m., 12 p.m., 4 p.m., 8 p.m.)
  • 4 - 6 weeks- 3 feedings per day (8 a.m., 2 p.m., 8 p.m.)
  • 6 - 8 weeks- 2 feedings per day (8 a.m., 8 p.m.)
  • 8 - 10 weeks- 1 feeding per day


​I have had bottle babies for four years. I feed my bottle babies WHOLE COWS MILK, warmed to 100 degrees in the microwave, shake well.  Make sure it is not too hot.  I use a bottle I bought from Walmart with a silicone nipple, cutting a whole in the nipple.  8 oz. works fine.  You can find videos on YouTube.com on how to bottle feed your goats.


FEEDING A BOTTLE BABY GOAT


Whatever you choose to feed your goat with, DO NOT CHANGE!  I have had several people that did not listen to me.  They fed one day with a baby bottle and whole milk, then changed to a goat bottle, then changed to powder formula, then changed again.  Within four days the little kid had diarrhea and died a couple days later.  Please stick with one routine.  Your kid might not like it at first, but within 24 - 36 hours, they will get it!


If you choose to bottle feed, you need to make sure your kid still gets everything it needs- wormings, vaccinations, etc.


  • Disbud (7 - 14 days)
  • CD&T vaccinations at age 3 weeks and 6 weeks
  • If you plan to show your goat, you must have the herd name tattoo on the right ear (6 weeks) and birth year and kid number on the left ear
  • Copper Bolus at age 6 weeks
  • ​Coccidiosis treatment for prevention
  • ​Internal wormings for prevention of Lung worms, Liver Flukes, Barber Pole Worms, and other internal parasites (6 weeks)
  • External treatment of parasites that are common in goats that include lice, fleas, Bot Fly, keds, and mites (6 weeks)
  • Band your buckling if you don't plan to bred


You can leash train you kid.  Put your goat on a collar and a 6 foot leash.  You can tie the leash to make it shorter-


  • Day 1-  Put on short 2 ft. leash for five minutes (clip to a fence)
  • Day 2- Put on 4 ft. leash for 10 minutes (clip to a fence)
  • Day 3- Put on 6 ft. leash for 15 minutes (clip to a fence)
  • Day 4- Start walking your kid!


Never chase your goats!

  • ALWAYS use a cow bell  when you feed.  The goats will learn to run to you when you are coming.
  • Use a metal bucket for feeding.  Make LOTS of noise!


TREATS!!

  • Goats LOVE Cheerios, animal crackers, bread, graham crackers, and whole corn.  Remember these are just treats.  Don't over feed.
  • EAT HEALTHY!!!  And give all the scraps to your goats.  They LOVE banana peels, lettuce, tomatoes, watermelon rinds, etc.


Have Fun!!!

























































REMEMBER- Everything LOVES goat!!!


I have lost mine to-


  • Owls
  • Turkey Vultures
  • Bobcats
  • Coyotes
  • Snakes
  • Raccoons
  • Neighborhood dogs


If you start "losing" 1 or 2 kids during the night or DAY, nobody is stealing them.  They are becoming lunch!!  At $250+ for a couple of pounds, they will become the most expensive steak you've ever bought. 


Keep them locked up in a cage at night, keep them under cover during the day, keep a LGD with them at ALL times!!  This will not guarantee that you won't lose some.  I've lost goats to snakes during the day and night when I had a LGD in the pen.  I had no idea I had a nest of snakes (8', 6', 4' and 2') moved into my goat barn.  They were eating all the newborns before I even got to see them.  It was only by chance that I heard a new momma screaming in the barn and ran out to see what was going on.  Two dead newborns!!  Newborn kids can be the size of rats, and snakes can easily kill and eat them.  Don't be fooled by the older kids.  The snakes will coil around a goat that is 10 lbs and kill it, even if it can't get it in its mouth.