|Preferably feed goat colostrom only for the first 24 hours. A newborn kid should consume 4 to 6 oz 4 times over the first 24
hours. Every time a doe kids on our farm we milk out at least a feeding or two to store in the freezer for 'emergencies'. When
using frozen colostrom thaw it out at room temperature or in warm water. DO NOT microwave or overheat it. Antibodies in the
colostrom can be destroyed and the baby can be burned. Each kid should get about 24 ounces the first day no matter how you
divide the feedings
|Goat colostrom is the ideal feed for the first 3 days of life. If you have it available this is the best choice. However, not everyone
has this quantity available to them so they must then choose one of the commercial milk replacer formulas or make their own
formula from home recipes. Which ever method you choose - follow directions exactly, especially for commercial formulas.
Using too much or too little water completely changes the chemistry and can cause life threatening problems for the baby. I
choose to use the MILK REPLACER FORMULA listed below because it's easy to make, always available and most importantly -
I've never had a problem with it. I do not know the originator but this formula has been passed from breeder to breeder and
recommended by many. I feed 6 to 8 oz 4 times daily to achieve an intake of 24 to 32 oz per day.
|Feed 8 to 10 oz of formula 4 times a day. You want to remember to increase the volume of formula gradually. Be careful not to
over feed. Their little tummies should be smoothly rounded and filled out but should not look like 'beer bellies'. You can cause
more problems over feeding than underfeeding. They should consume between 32 and 40 ounces.
|Feed 12 to 16 oz formula 3 times per day. Or you can feed between 9 to 12 oz 4 times per day. At one week of age I offer small
amounts of creep feed and good quality hay or alfalfa for babies to nibble on. I leave bottle babies in the paddock with the rest of
the mom's and babies. I believe this is how they learn to be goats. I know they run and play much more since I quit keeping
them separate. If babies did not get an adequate amount of colostrom they should recieve 2 cc of CD&T Antitoxin before
introducing solid feeds. If they did get plenty of colostrom you can deferr this injection until they are 2 wks old. Babies must also
have access to fresh clean water, salt & minerals.
|By 3 weeks of age babies are eating grain and hay free choice. Be careful that all food and hay are kept clean and mold free. By
now babies are drinking around 48 ozs a day. I gradually increase this to a total of 64 oz by the time they are 8 wks old. Once I
see that babies are eating grain and hay I cut the number of feedings to twice a day but stay with the total quantity fed. So by 8
wks they are drinking two 32 oz bottles a day and have free choice grain and hay. I give 2 cc CD&T antitoxin every two weeks
until 8 weeks old to all bottle babies to prevent overeaters disease. At 8 weeks I give regular vaccines to all babies.
|At two months of age all babies should receive their regular vacinations and worming. They are now eating 64 oz per day given
in 2 or 3 feedings a day. They may be weaned any time after 8 weeks. I usually begin weaning at 8 weeks by cutting out the
morning feeding for 1 to 2 weeks depending on how baby is doing. My goal is to have them weaned by 10 to 12 weeks old.
Many people choose to wean much later than that. It is simply a matter of finance and preference.
1 gal whole milk (with ~ 2 cups removed)
1 can evaporated milk
1 cup buttermilk
Babies should consume 10
to 15% of their body weight
in formula every day
|Ross Milk Replacer
1/4C whipping cream
1 large egg
1 cup non fat dry milk
3 cups of water
this makes about 30 oz of formula -
for larger batches double everything except only use 1/3
cup of whipping cream
To triple the recipe:
3 cups powdered milk
1/3 cup whipping cream
2 cups water
Mix in blender
Add to 7 cups of water (9 cups water total)
This makes about 3/4 of a gallon
I personally have never tried this recipe but it is one that is
recommended by many experienced breeders .