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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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Thanks for taking the time to post this information.  This will help me as a first-time goat baby supervisor.  :) 


Great information! Thanks for posting this! I'm going to bookmark it for when my kids start rolling in!

Great info! Thanks Deborah! Hope your little girl who doesn't like the bottle starts gaining!
Is it a good idea to weigh daily if I'm worried about how much they're getting to eat? Or will it hardly show up and that's why you usually do it weekly?
Assuming you have a scale that weighs in pounds and ounces, you can certainly weigh more often. You should see 2-4 ounces per day weight gain.
I've been using my kitchen scale and it does pounds and ounces and even points of ounces. I'll weigh at about 24 hours old and see how they're doing.
Elf weighed 1lb 15.6oz and Mischief weighed 2lb 13oz. I couldn't remember what Elf weighed yesterday but she's been nursing so Im pretty sure she'll be ok. Mischief gained 2 oz so I think he's good too.

Thanks, Deborah, for sharing.  This is great. :)

I had to dig this thread up again to see how my kids are doing that I'm supplementing since their mother is making very little milk. This is SO helpful!!

This is very helpful.  I was just figuring out on average how much my kids have gained daily and total gains.  On average they have gained 6 oz a day.  The biggest boy was 5 lbs 4oz, he is 3 days old and weighs 6 lbs 6 oz.  He is a single so he gets all the goods.  The twins I were 4 lbs 2oz and 4 lbs 5 oz at birth.  They are 5 days old and now weigh 6 lbs 1 oz, and 6lbs 5 oz.  

Thanks for sharing that! It's great to have more numbers!

This thread is coming in so helpful!  My Ginger kidded with triplets Friday A.M. at 2:00.  I have been concerned, because I really don't know if she can feed triplets.  She wasn't that great of a milker as a FF, when she had twins.  Also, there was a huge weight difference between the buckling and his doeling sisters.

#1, doeling, weighed 2# 7 oz. @ 12 hours (yesterday @ 2:00 PM) and is now 2# 9 0z. (+2 in 17 hrs.)

#2, buckling, weighed 4# 2 oz. @ 12 hours.  Didn't weigh him again this AM as he's so big and active, and always seems to be nursing.

#3, doeling, weighed 2# 11 oz. @ 12 hours, and is now 2# 14 oz. (+3 in 17 hrs.)

According to this info, they're most likely doing well.  They don't act hungry, and seem active enough so far.  I'm keeping a close eye on them though!

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