Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Let me explain Nellie Olsen my saanan gave birth on May 9 to a boy and girl snowball as my husband calls them. I got everyone all situated together in birthing chalet and go to eat some dinner. Aparently you are not allowed to eat with goats because when I came back in 30 minutes the Mama had squanched the baby girl kid underneath her! (my heartbreaking )I guess i will seperate when im not around here on out. has anyone else had this happen? Like why, did i do something wrong?desperatly seeking experienced advice

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Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on August 5, 2016 at 9:14pm

I'm really sorry that no one responded to this post sooner. In the future, please post questions in the "Forum" rather than the "Blog" section, as the Forum is checked constantly. Link is at the top of the page. If you want to know more about the difference between different sections of the site, click on the "Welcome" link at he top of the page.

You didn't do anything wrong with the goats. We've had close to 500 kids here, and I don't recall this happening. Please do NOT separate mom and babies when you leave the barn. It would lead to a lot of problems. There is no way the kid could get enough to eat if she's not with mom 24/7 unless you're bottle-feeding. Plus the doe would probably reject the kid fairly quickly if she's separated from her that often. About 11 years ago, we had a doe reject her kid after the kid kept disappearing in the pasture. That's why I keep moms and babies in the barn together for the first couple of weeks now. I want to be sure they're fully bonded before they go out.

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