What grain to feed 2 week old mini Nubians? They're hungry!

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They sure are cute. I'm not sure that is enough milk. I raised mini Alpines for the first time last year and I was feeding them about 12-16 oz 3x a day by time they were 3 weeks old, and by 6 weeks we were up to a liter. My standard way of raising bottle babies is let them refuse the bottle three times and then I consider them done. Granted some may just be little pigs so you have to be smart about it and don't go overboard. But let me ask someone that has raised more minis than I have.

@Goat Whisperer Is that enough milk?
I think that sounds good :)

Our minis are all a little different.
Singles always take more than a triplet.
 

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@Goat Whisperer Just to clarify, are you saying that 12-16 oz. sounds good or what the OP is feeding, 6-7 oz. 3x a day? Hers are 2 weeks so maybe a LITTLE less than 12-16, but not much.
 

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It sounds like they are doing well
I think you can increase their milk volume at this point
And just get the goat feed most available and offer free choice hay
They should be fine
 

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@Goat Whisperer Just to clarify, are you saying that 12-16 oz. sounds good or what the OP is feeding, 6-7 oz. 3x a day? Hers are 2 weeks so maybe a LITTLE less than 12-16, but not much.
Oops, yes the 12-16 by 3 weeks, for larger kids anyway. If they are smaller 10 ounces would probably be fine.

I'd put the OP's goats on 10 oz 3x daily and go from there. The 3oz per feeding increase shouldn't hurt the kids unless they are abnormally small.

Last year it was late at night and someone was helping feed the bottle babies.

I had just fed a 6-7 week old lamancha 30ozs.

Some sort of commotion went on and I needed to see what the dogs were upset about…

I came back to find the person had just given the kid an additional 20 ounces

:ep :th

I was so stressed. It was already 10:30pm and was exhausted. I got up every few hours to check the doeling.

… and she was completely fine :)

So yes, you can kill these guys by over feeding, but I think you'll be okay to start increasing.
 

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