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How long do you bottle feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding Time - Goats' started by Citylife, May 19, 2012.

  1. May 19, 2012
    Citylife

    Citylife Overrun with beasties

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    I am hearing mixed reviews on how long to bottle feed baby goats. So, I am asking for more mixed reviews.............. there is so much knowledge here, I would like to hear the imput.
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    SDBoerGoats

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    Well, this was my first year at feeding bottle babies, but I had so many of them I think I learned a lot. I raise Boer goats, and had 3 right off the bat in January, and just had 2 more last week. I fed the first group bottles until they were 3 months old. They were on baby bottles for the first couple weeks til they got bigger then I got one of those buckets with the nipples in them, then I could feed all three at the same time! Life got way easier then.
    The ones I have now are too small to use the bucket yet so I am still having to do the bottles. I do think some people wean them off the bottles earlier than 3 months but I wanted them to be really eating Boer goat developer and hay well before I took the milk away from them.
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    Bedste

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    8-10 weeks

    I had triplets last year and quads this year

    I gave as much as they would drink 5 times a day for the first week-- about 5 oz each feeding.



    3 times a day for week two ---- three -- and week four -- about 10 oz

    then at 5 weeks old we went to 20 oz twice a day and offered med goat kid food also......

    at 8 weeks old they only got their morning bottles. always keeping med goat kid food available


    somewhere between 9 and 10 weeks old I cut them off the bottle
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    Citylife

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    I appreciate you input. Always nice to hear what others do. We are not 100% on how old they are, but they are not to happy about 2 meals a day. :)
    They are starting to eat feed and have been eating hay sparsley. But, they are also learning that goat food isnt all that bad.
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    Roll farms

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    I bottle feed for 3 mos, 3x a day for the 1st 2 mos, then 2x a day for 2 wks and 1x a day for 2 wks.

    We bottle feed all our kids. Right now I have extra milk and so I have one 3.5 mo. old kid still getting 1 a day....I figure if I'm going down there anyway to feed others, why not let her have one too.

    Here's my 'page' on bottle raising kids.....

    http://www.backyardherds.com/web/viewblog.php?id=586

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