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Quintuplets - Yikes! How long do I have until they need supplemental milk?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 16. 4 Replies

Hello! Today my 4 year old doe kidded quintuplets - all 5 seem healthy. I read the article that Deborah wrote about a mother not being able to produce enough milk for all 5, which makes sense.  I am…Continue

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Ear - Goo on Week Old Kid

Started this discussion. Last reply by Madeline Novak Jun 11, 2019. 4 Replies

Hello All! I have silently been reading for years, ya'll are so helpful - I was wondering if you have any advise for me.  One of our does had three kids last week, two regular size, one super small…Continue

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Madeline Novak's discussion Quintuplets - Yikes! How long do I have until they need supplemental milk?
"Forgot to mention this -- When a placenta takes more than a day to expel, the only concern is infection. Some people advocate starting the doe on penicillin. Others just check her temp regularly and watch for symptoms of infection before treating.…"
Mar 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Madeline Novak's discussion Quintuplets - Yikes! How long do I have until they need supplemental milk?
"Oh, my goodness! You had quite a night! If you have palpated (squeezed) Cypress's leg from foot to shoulder -- and I mean squeeze hard -- and she does not show any indication of it hurting in one particular spot, it's probably not a break…"
Mar 16
Madeline Novak replied to Madeline Novak's discussion Quintuplets - Yikes! How long do I have until they need supplemental milk?
"Thank you for that advice! I was able to bottle feed two of them and everyone is doing great now.   Now on to my next crazy story.  Last night, my last two does kidded...mother (Pepper) and daughter (Cypress).  Daughter (Cypress)…"
Mar 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Madeline Novak's discussion Quintuplets - Yikes! How long do I have until they need supplemental milk?
"For the first 24 hours they need colostrum. If you have some frozen, I would start now. If not, I would be weighing all five of them to be sure they are each getting as much as possible. Some will be more aggressive than others, and it is not always…"
Mar 11
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Quintuplets - Yikes! How long do I have until they need supplemental milk?

Hello! Today my 4 year old doe kidded quintuplets - all 5 seem healthy. I read the article that Deborah wrote about a mother not being able to produce enough milk for all 5, which makes sense.  I am wondering, how long do I have, before I will need to provide supplemental milk? Are they small enough now where they will be fine on what she can produce, or do I need to start ASAP? I have four more goats due to kid in the next few weeks, so will soon have additional goats milk but for now she is…See More
Mar 10
Madeline Novak replied to Madeline Novak's discussion Ear - Goo on Week Old Kid
"Thanks - it cleared up on its own. I guess its just a mystery :)"
Jun 11, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Madeline Novak's discussion Ear - Goo on Week Old Kid
"I have never seen anything like that before. In the photo it looks gray, but if it's yellow and waxy, that sounds like what was in my LaMancha ears. I never noticed it that young though. Makes me want to go outside and check my current…"
May 24, 2019
Madeline Novak replied to Madeline Novak's discussion Ear - Goo on Week Old Kid
"yes! 1 lb 4 oz.  you are right.  Here is a picture of her ear specifically.  I have just been using my fingers (dampened with water) to scrape off the goop.  Its sort of whitish yellow and waxy. I noticed it almost away. She was…"
May 24, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Madeline Novak's discussion Ear - Goo on Week Old Kid
"I'm assuming you meant she weighed 1.4 pounds (not ounces), or was there a different typo in her weight?  She is a cute little thing! I'm not seeing anything in the photo, but I have never had a Nigerian with any weird ear stuff.…"
May 24, 2019
Madeline Novak posted a discussion

Ear - Goo on Week Old Kid

Hello All! I have silently been reading for years, ya'll are so helpful - I was wondering if you have any advise for me.  One of our does had three kids last week, two regular size, one super small (1.4 ounces on the second day).  A week later, she is running and jumping along side her siblings and seems fine - except that she has a constant spot of ear-gunk crusted around the bottom of one of her ears. I have been cleaning it daily but it always comes back.  That ear is also particularly oily…See More
May 24, 2019

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