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Tiny runt kid. Bottle feed?

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Young Goats' started by Heather Law, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. Jun 12, 2018
    Wehner Homestead

    Wehner Homestead True BYH Addict

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    Glad the lil guy is doing well! He’s a cute lil feller!

    Something to keep in mind and I may have mentioned it already...when triplets have one that is much smaller than the others, the bigger two will keep the smaller from nursing as they grow. I’ve found this to be true with two sets of our three sets of triplets this year. (The third set stayed similar in size.) What I ended up doing was pulling the bigger two kids at night after about two weeks for about 8 hrs to let the smaller kid stay with dam overnight and nurse. Mine weren’t interested in bottles but I didn’t start them at the get-go either.

    If I was you, I’d continue to offer him a morning and evening bottle until weaning just to ensure that he’s getting plenty. You could always increase if you notice him looking empty. (They should have full, tight bellies after they nurse.)
     
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    Southern by choice

    Southern by choice Herd Master

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    Donna R. Raybon

    Donna R. Raybon Loving the herd life

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    Woooo HOOOOOOO!!!! That is such good news to hear! Don't it make you feel good to see him thriving! So many times a little tlc on the front end gives good results later.
     
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    SO good when it all comes together,
     
  5. Jun 22, 2018 at 1:02 PM
    Heather Law

    Heather Law Chillin' with the herd

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    Quick update: the little guy is doing great! He has grown a lot and is still loving his bottles. I will continue to supplement until he is weaned just to be sure that he is getting the nutrition he needs. Mom seems to have plenty of milk though so no issues there.
     
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  6. Jun 22, 2018 at 1:25 PM
    Heather Law

    Heather Law Chillin' with the herd

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    Thought I’d share the post-bottle smile. Its the cutest
     
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    Southern by choice

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    :D:D:D thanks... that does make ya happy doesn't it
     
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