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-
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.
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.
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-
Never chase your goats!
REMEMBER- Everything LOVES goat!!!
I have lost mine to-
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.
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