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Scours again. Am I over feeding or what?

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Young Goats' started by chicks & ducks, May 15, 2019.

  1. May 15, 2019
    chicks & ducks

    chicks & ducks Loving the herd life

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    Apologies in advance. Posting on phone while holding baby goats.
    Two weeks ago today I heard screaming from pen & saw wet baby goat alone.
    Surprise baby!
    Both parents are fainters.
    Baby was 2lbs (since had another surprise baby that is 1/2 fainter 1/2 pygmy & she is much bigger!)
    Tried to get mom to take her but she just kept bashing her :(
    So in house & having bottles.
    Was feeding 2 oz 5x a day as she was so small but she scoured.
    Got better after day of electrolytes.
    Back on milk & starting to scour!
    As she's 2 weeks now I have her on 3 oz 4x a day.
    She's about 3lbs now.
    Never comes off bottle for a break & always wants more!
    I wash everything properly.
    She nibbles on grass in the yard.
    Wont touch starter grain yet.
    Ideas?
     

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    B&B Happy goats

    B&B Happy goats Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    What are you using for milk ? Are you using doe 's milk from mom, package mix formula or cows milk ?
    Did you get colostrum from mom into them ?
     
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    Put her on mom a few times first day (hubby held mommas legs off ground so baby could eat). Now on formula. & not a cheap one!
    The 1 thing I'm doing different this time is I make a small batch (1/4 of mixing dose on bag) and cool & refrigerate extra. Thin I microwave 2 oz to correct temp at feeding time. With last baby I had I'd heat bottle in cup of hot water but it takes forever!
    She's generally happy, pees a lot! Is just small, thin & hungry.
    Edited to add replacer is manna pro with pro biotics.
     
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    I have used formula in the past...then this time i used whole cows milk....not any problem at all....try to slowly transition over , add some cows milk to the formula and you should be able to have them on whole cows milk from the grocery store in a few days. I would offer them some cut up hay and not the greens in the yard as much and add some probiotics to the milk ...get that tummy happy .
    If the scours are bad, give some pepto To them,
    Did doe have her CD&T shot within 30 days of kidding ?
    Once you get them poopin normal again, do your CD&T
     
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