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Our First Kid!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melissa Apr 27. 8 Replies

We had our first kid born last night!  He was a singleton buck and is the cutest little guy we've ever see.  The delivery went well and was very quick...or at least it was a lot quicker then I was…Continue

Preparing for bottle babies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 29. 4 Replies

I want to be prepared in case we end up having bottle babies when our does kid in late April.  I've read that the kids (should) get colostrum right away.  Both of our does are FF and this is our…Continue

Hello!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melissa Mar 26. 2 Replies

I am so happy to have found an active goat community, thank you for adding me!  My daughter (in the picture) has two nigerian dwarfs that are set to kid at the end of April.  This will be the first…Continue

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Melissa replied to Heidi Sloan's discussion Molly's Herbal Dewormer
"Thank you for your input, Deborah!  I just received your book in the mail today, so I'll read through parasite section now and continue my research!"
Apr 28
Melissa replied to Heidi Sloan's discussion Molly's Herbal Dewormer
"I'm just researching herbal dewormers and wondered if you have found anything that you liked. I see this discussion was in 2010, is there anything you've found that works since?  I was looking at Molly's and Land of Havilah.…"
Apr 28
Melissa replied to Melissa's discussion Our First Kid!!!
"Thank you!  I am so grateful for this community you have created and will definitely keep you up to date because I'll probably have more questions :-)"
Apr 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa's discussion Our First Kid!!!
"Be sure that they are averaging 4 ounces a day. If they don't gain that much, they will be much higher risk for coccidiosis in a few weeks. About 2 weeks their demand may outstrip her supply. It's not unusual for them to be clueless about…"
Apr 27
Melissa replied to Melissa's discussion Our First Kid!!!
"She's doing pretty good toady!  Still not back to herself and prefers to not be super close to her baby.  She is letting him nurse without intervention from us, so that's good.  Today seems like a turning point after the…"
Apr 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa's discussion Our First Kid!!!
"If she was upset about you milking her, she would be giving you a hard time -- not the baby.  Don't worry about only getting one ounce. You're still learning, and so is she. Just do the best you can.  As for her behavior, goats…"
Apr 27
Melissa replied to Melissa's discussion Our First Kid!!!
"Our doe that had the singleton buck is now not letting him nurse and is acting all out of sorts.  I can't figure out what is going on with her.  She has been a great mother so far (other then her initial annoyance with him) until we…"
Apr 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa's discussion Our First Kid!!!
"Congratulations! If the doe with triplets is a yearling first freshener, the odds of her making enough for three is pretty slim. I'd weigh them daily to see how they're doing. They should average 4 ounces per day, meaning that if they gain…"
Apr 23
Melissa replied to Melissa's discussion Our First Kid!!!
"Thank you for your response, Deborah!  I just purchased your book, I'm really looking forward to diving into it when it arrives! The doe I wrote about previously is doing fantastic.  Her little buck is nursing like a champ on both…"
Apr 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa's discussion Our First Kid!!!
"Congratulations! I hope things have improved this morning. Many first fresheners are not so sure about mothering and/or nursing. We had one last week that loved the idea of licking her babies, but every time one tried to nurse, she'd kick it in…"
Apr 21
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Our First Kid!!!

We had our first kid born last night!  He was a singleton buck and is the cutest little guy we've ever see.  The delivery went well and was very quick...or at least it was a lot quicker then I was imagining it would be. Our doe is a FF and was very uncertain about her baby.  She was aggressive toward him at first and it has taken some getting used to him.  She is letting him nurse mostly on the right side.  If he tries to nurse the left teat she kicks him off.  I'm thinking she is going to get…See More
Apr 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa's discussion Preparing for bottle babies
"When we only had a few goats, we would get all of them accustomed to jumping up on the milk stand during pregnancy by giving them a handful of grain in the feed pan on there. That way they would happily jump up there after freshening. "
Mar 29
Melissa replied to Aaron White's discussion Doe with cough and fever
"Our two does have had an awful cough since the beginning of January, with no other symptoms.  We started them on LA-200 as directed by the breeder we got them goats from and that didn't clear it up.  We took them to the vet who said…"
Mar 26
Melissa replied to Melissa's discussion Preparing for bottle babies
"Thank you for all of that great information!  Our two girls are sisters and were triplets, so hopefully they will only have one or two kids to start.  We have never milked before, so that is probably something we should be preparing for…"
Mar 26
Melissa replied to Melissa's discussion Hello!
"That is so great, Deborah!  Even though the goats were supposed to be my daughters "thing" we have all enjoyed them tremendously!  I can see myself in your shoes in a few years when she heads off to college and leaves the goaties…"
Mar 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa's discussion Preparing for bottle babies
"First I want to assure you that you probably won't have any bottle babies. Very few NDs reject their kids or die immediately after birth. Even if they have a c-section, which is < 1%, they can still nurse their kids. First fresheners rarely…"
Mar 26

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