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Help with newborn goats

Discussion in 'Emergencies, Injuries, Diseases, and Cures' started by courtney painter, Feb 17, 2019.

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  1. Feb 17, 2019
    B&B Happy goats

    B&B Happy goats Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    Perfect. ....you are going to love them sooooo much :thumbsup there is lots of information in the goat section to learn if you are interested, and the people here are awesome. Welcome to the herd.
     
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  2. Feb 17, 2019
    courtney painter

    courtney painter Chillin' with the herd

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    Thank you so much
     
  3. Feb 20, 2019
    jsteph3919

    jsteph3919 Chillin' with the herd

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    I always give a little nursemat paste to eat of the kids right at birth and a bucket of warm water with electrolyte for the mother.
     
  4. Feb 20, 2019
    RathdrumGal

    RathdrumGal Chillin' with the herd

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    Nursemate Lamb ASAP works well for newborn lambs and kids. It gives them a little boost for the first few critical hours. It is a gel and squirt 2 ccs in the side of their mouth. I have not lost a kid since I started using this 4 years ago. I always have some commercial colostrum to give to the newborns if the mom is rejecting.
     
  5. Feb 20, 2019
    Ridgetop

    Ridgetop True BYH Addict

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    Courtney, so glad you got the kids up and eating. First timers can be a pain. Some automatically know what to do the others look at the kids with disbelief and disgust until they realize that those babies belong to them. Her second kidding should be fine and she should know exactly what to do. Now you do too, with any other new moms, thanks to Goat Whisperer! Have fun.

    jsteph3919 & RathdrumGal: Where do you get Nursemate? Does Jeffers carry it? Sounds like a good thing to keep in the medical fridge for emergences. I always like to have my emergency stuff before lambing/kidding season since I can't wait for the deliveries in an emergency! LOL Lambing season is over for me now. I will be breeding Dorpers in March/April now, so can order next lambing season. What is shelf life/expiration?
     
  6. Feb 20, 2019
    wayneleake

    wayneleake Exploring the pasture

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    yes, always great to have those newborn kids.
    One of mine kidded today. I was not able to check to see if it is a boy or a girl.
    All brown, like mama.
    But this same goat kidded her first time last year, and rejected her kid, who is now bigger than she is.
    My friend started her on a bottle, and we bottle fed her till time to wean. I did get some colostrum from mama, and we mixed it with the replacer.
    Of course, we not have a super brat.
    Some of mine were brats anyway.
    My friend, who is also my neighbor, also loves goats.
    I cannot do much myself now, due to COPD and other things. But I still manage to do some things. Many at my age can't do as much as I do manage.. Turned 80 last November.
    So we have 2 kids now. would be 3, but we lost one.
    Also have 2 lambs, one ewe and one ram.
    Was going to sell the ram to a person who needs one to get his herd started, but my ram passed away all of a sudden. He was at least 10 years old, so may well have just been old age.
    Anyway, welcome to the world of kids and lambs." they are always so much fun.
     
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  7. Feb 21, 2019
    Ridgetop

    Ridgetop True BYH Addict

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    I congratulate you on doing so much at 80 years young! When I start complaining about feeling old I am going to think about you with admiration!
    :clap :yesss:
     
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  8. Feb 22, 2019
    wayneleake

    wayneleake Exploring the pasture

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    An update on my new baby.
    HE is doing well now, and mama is letting him nurse. I held him for a little while, and he did not make a fuss or even squawk like many of them will.
    His sister, the bottle brat, is now bigger than Mama.
    I don't always get the chance lately, as I often don't feel up to much.
    But I try to do what I can.
     
  9. Feb 22, 2019
    Dee Mini Pigs

    Dee Mini Pigs Chillin' with the herd

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    If she is a first mum to her kids ,she must learn it, those babies will cry, for her, are they crying? And instinct, for her, is, it may not happen straight away, but my experience in birthing and looking after some mumma animals in the first time, she will need to act on her own and if her first ones are crappy, then you should be worried if she has no deal to her babies after 72 hours, that’s a no. Major intervene, take them off her and then the human way, right, bottles and warmth. Love Dee..
     
  10. Feb 22, 2019
    Daxigait

    Daxigait Loving the herd life

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    Congratulations! In addition to the warm molasses or electrolyte water. I drench 50-60 cc's of mfo solution to the dam for the first 3 days. It helps replace some of the things they have lost including calcium to help prevent milk fever.
     
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