Cold Newbord Kid - HELP!!

Tiffany L

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I picked up a doe and her kid on Sunday - kid was born Friday. Seemed ok just "lazy". Previous owner said I had nothing to worry about. Yesterday kid was cold and very lifeless. Got them inside and under heat. I cannot get the kids temp above 97 degrees or her to eat very much. She is nursing off of momma but not very much or willingly. Going to stop on my way home today and get some Bounce Back. Kids breathing is also kinda raspy and this morning her one eye was all gunked shut. At this point she is 4 days old and about 10lbs (Boer doeling) - should I give her penicillin?
 

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Someone else can better speak of medications, I treat holistically, but here's what I would do.

Contact who you bought the group from. A 'lazy' kid is NOT normal and is a warning sign -- she likely shouldnt have been sold imho.

I would use oregano oil, one drop of 20% dilution in yogurt or a glass of electrolyte water and get that down the throat. If she's not too far gone, she should have a swallow reflex if you tip her head back and put fluid SLOWLY down. Do this for 7 days.

Get a probiotic in her <<-- THIS CANNOT HURT NO MATTER HOW YOU TREAT HER. She's fighting an infection and probiotics will ONLY EVER help. You can use something like Astro plain baltic style yogurt or a liquid/pill form from health store. RUB her to try and get that temperature up, get her laying on something warm like a hot water bottle or heated blanket. You may need to pull and bottle feed her.

Good luck and please keep us posted.
 

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I contacted the person - no help at all said no worries the mom will do her thing. Mom is doing her thing but I have a sick kid. There is no place for me to get those items today on my way home. We are in the middle of a snow storm and I will only be passing by the farm store. As far as probiotic - I understand you use Holistic - but will Manna Pro Bounce Back be sufficient?


I kinda think they were getting rid of them in a hurry for a reason. Sad. But I'm not gonna give up on her.
 
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My first concern would be to get her warm! Her little system is not going to process anything very well until she's at a minimum of 100 degrees. Hope she bounces back for you.
 

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My first concern would be to get her warm! Her little system is not going to process anything very well until she's at a minimum of 100 degrees. Hope she bounces back for you.

Any suggestions on how to get her warm - I've tried heating pad, woodstove, and heat lamp. Temp will not come above that 97 degree mark.
 

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Thank you for the links - I am gonna go home after work and try the bag/bath-tub method. Unfortunately my boss is not an animal lover and I have to remain at work today. Hopefully I can get that temp up bc I do have a bag of fluids on hand that I can give her as well SubQ. And hopefully she will then nurse and become stable.

This is my first go w/ goat kids this young. Normally I buy after they are weaned.

I hate these types of learning experiences. But thank you again for the links and prayers.
 

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Go into a small room... for me when I have hypothermic babies, I go into our powder room, put a heating pad on the floor, lay the baby on it, run a space heater, and put blankets on top. The small room with the door closed helps keep the heat in and raises the temperature. I had a baby bounce back after an hour or two. Give nutridrench if you have it for a shot of energy. After baby is warm, feed it warm milk. As far as the infection in her eye, I would wait on giving her any meds until her belly is full of food which means she has to be warmed up first.
 
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