I am little concerned about the young kid that we got last week. He was born on 9/27. He still has loose stool- bad. I have given him probiotics- when I can get him to take them, but it does not seem to help. My other two wethers- who are 4 month old brothers- and are the friendliest little guys to us- are not being very good to him . They will not let him in the house during the day- not even in the rain. I am playing crowd control as much as possible, but I cannot be out there all of the time. The one brother rams the young kid when he tries to get into the house, and many times, the only time that I can get them to let the poor little guy in is to physically bring him myself, and stay in there with him. The older boys are double his size, which worries me that they may hurt him.
It is coming up on a week, and I thought that there would be more of an improvement by now. I am a bit concerned about the young kid. He is such a sweet little guy, and I feel terrible for him. I know that he cannot be too happy. It seems like all he wants is to be a part of the herd, and they will not let them- even though they are sweeties- instinct takes over. We have been trying to spend extra time with all of them to help matters.
I am not sure what to do. I have considered trying to find the kid a home where he can be happier, which I really hate to do, since he is such a sweetie. However, I need to keep in mind his safety and happiness.
All threes of these wethers are great, but together they are not working as a herd. My two brothers are great together, but I gues that the old saying that 2 is company and 3 is a crowd must be true- at least for now.
I attached a picture of the little cutie- like the others, he has adorable!
Is this normal? How long does it usually last? How long should I let it go on before I should really worry about the little guy?
Thanks in advance for all of your input! :)
Things are getting better. The little guy is still a bit of a loaner, but the boys are bullying him much less.
Dianea Fay said:
I'm not aware of any long-lasting effects of coccidiosis, and in seven years with goats, I haven't seen anything that I'd contribute to an early case of it. Since he's a wether, I'd say there is even less of a problem. Even if his growth were slightly stunted, it wouldn't matter -- and I'm not saying that it would be -- but that's the only thing I can even think of that could happen. Wethers usually get pretty big anyway. Without the hormones, they're usually VERY easy keepers.
I really don't think the problem is the goat -- it's the humans who sold him to you at such a young age AND when they had other kids with coccidiosis AND the fact that they refused to help you when you called and told them he was sick. You're had a rough introduction to goatkeeping. It's usually much more fun!
I am still a bit torn about whether of not to actually return the little guy. He seems to be doing better and I am hoping that when I reintroduce him to the other boys they accept him better. Three goats have been so much more work than 2, but we really don't know what it will be like when the little guy gets better and we are not scrubbing out the house and everything in it at least once per day. The little guy is so sweet, and I can't help but to feel guilty about thinking of getting rid of him.
After these anti- biotics, we will better anf free of cocci, right? Can he get it again if the older boys continue to stress him out? Are there any lasting effects of him having the cocci at such a young age?
Have fun with the two little guys that you still have!
I have leaned alot in this experience, check and double check your seller. MAKE sure that they are selling you a healthy goat- ask for paper work in advance. In addition, with all this going on, I think that two healthy, happy goats is an easier situation than 3 battling goats with a sick kid, as we are only goat owners for about a month now.
Thank you all for all of your help and support.
There's no problem letting the three boys together once you've started the other two on the medication.
Once he is treated for the coccidia, it shouldn't be a problem, so if you wanted to sell him, there's no problem with that. My problems with the people who sold you this goat were: 1) he was MUCH too young to be weaned!!! and 2) they had two doelings with diarrhea, so should have treated him or provided you with the medicine to treat him.