Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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People have asked about newborn weight gain in the past, and I've said multiple times that I want to keep track of a kids' weights at some point, but I never got around to it ... until now! Actually my husband deserves the credit, and this is due to the fact that we have quintuplets this year! So, these are the weight gains for one week in pounds and ounces. The first number is the birth weight, second number is weight at one week, and the number in parentheses is the weight gained. This also includes a bottle baby that couldn't maintain his body temperature outside.

2#2, 3#7 (1#5 ounces gained in one week)

3#4, 5#2 (1#14)

2#2, 3#6 (1#4)

2#14, 4#5 (1#7)

2#4, 2#12 (0#8)*

2#12, 4#0 (1#4)^

* This kid is definitely not getting enough. We're trying to supplement her, but she doesn't want the bottle. Unfortunately, being the smallest means she is also the weakest when it comes to fighting for those two teats. 

^ This kid has been bottlefed from the second day. When we checked on them, we repeatedly saw her not even trying to get to the teats. She would just be standing off by herself with her head hanging down looking like Eeyore (the donkey in Winnie the Pooh).

Based on which of these kids appear to be healthy and getting enough milk, I'd say that a weight increase of about 50% of birth weight is a great goal in the first week. So, if a kid is born at 2#, it should weight 3# by one week of age.

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Oops!  I made a mistake.  Where it says 2# 8.7oz.  it should say 2# 7oz.  And I tried to be so careful! :)

I was going to edit it for you, but then I saw there was a 2# 7 ounce kid, so I wasn't sure if you'd already done it. Do you not see an "edit" button at the bottom of your post? I know I see them on all posts because I'm an admin, but they should give you the ability to edit your own post.


There's a way to edit the original discussion, but not the posts that follow, as far as I can see.  I have been known to be wrong though. ;)


Deborah Niemann-Boehle said:

I was going to edit it for you, but then I saw there was a 2# 7 ounce kid, so I wasn't sure if you'd already done it. Do you not see an "edit" button at the bottom of your post? I know I see them on all posts because I'm an admin, but they should give you the ability to edit your own post.

First, congratulations on babies!!!

About editing, my experience is that we, as members, can edit our post for up to 15 minutes after originally posting it.  However, it cannot be changed after that initial editing period.

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