How to Raise bottle baby goats???

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Hello so someone gave me a 10 day old baby goat yesterday!! And obviously I never raised a bottle baby before!! I’m looking for help!! Could someone tell me everything I have to do!! Should I use milk replacer from a farms store or someone said cows milk should I use that?? Any info will help!!!
 

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Do you know how old the baby is and how much it weighs? That will help with how much/how often you should be feeding. I would use whole cows milk from the store over replacer.
 

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Do you know how old the baby is and how much it weighs? That will help with how much/how often you should be feeding. I would use whole cows milk from the store over replacer.

she is 10 days old!! She is maybe 5-8pounds
 

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At 10 days old (I read got her 10 days ago). I would be feeding 6 times a day. If you can get an accurate weight on her. You want to be feeding 4 ounces per 5 pounds. I stopped measuring how much, and let them get their bellies nice and full each feeding. If she's 8 pounds she should be getting a little over 7 ounces every 3-4 hours.
 

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At 10 days old (I read got her 10 days ago). I would be feeding 6 times a day. If you can get an accurate weight on her. You want to be feeding 4 ounces per 5 pounds. I stopped measuring how much, and let them get their bellies nice and full each feeding. If she's 8 pounds she should be getting a little over 7 ounces every 3-4 hours.
Okay thank you!! I can try to get a better weight on her!!! I know she is very small but don’t know exact weight!! Also can I mix the milk replacer with cows milk?? I would hate to just throw away $30 I spent on it!! Instead of the water it asks for would milk be better??
 

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Since you already have the milk replacer, I would use it as the directions say. I personally have not used replacer, i either use milk from my goats or whole cows milk.
You can pick her up and get on a scale, then get on the scale with out the goat. Subtract and have a weight on her. This is what I do for all my babies. I weigh weekly to make sure that they are gaining properly. Do you happen to know what breed she is?
 

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Since you already have the milk replacer, I would use it as the directions say. I personally have not used replacer, i either use milk from my goats or whole cows milk.
You can pick her up and get on a scale, then get on the scale with out the goat. Subtract and have a weight on her. This is what I do for all my babies. I weigh weekly to make sure that they are gaining properly. Do you happen to know what breed she is?
Okay!! She is a Saanen/alpine mixed
 

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Those are both big breeds. I would make sure to get a weight on her. Go from there. Just multiply her weight by .9 that will give you how many ounces she should be getting each feeding.
 

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Those are both big breeds. I would make sure to get a weight on her. Go from there. Just multiply her weight by .9 that will give you how many ounces she should be getting each feeding.
Okay thank you!!
 

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Hello so someone gave me a 10 day old baby goat yesterday!! And obviously I never raised a bottle baby before!! I’m looking for help!! Could someone tell me everything I have to do!! Should I use milk replacer from a farms store or someone said cows milk should I use that?? Any info will help!!!
Bottle feeds goat kids regularly, small meals of milk or milk substitutes. Kid goats should be fed at least 4 times a day to prevent digestive problems until they are 30 days old. From this stage, you will reduce the number of regular meals to 3. It is a product of the natural nursing behavior of baby goats.
 

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