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Feeding babies

You will find as many tables, charts, rations and plans for bottle feeding baby goats on the internet. A basic rule of thumb to go by is 10 to 12 per cent of body weight per day. As an example, if the kid weighs 10 pounds, it should have 1 pound or 16 ounces per day. Divided by three feedings per day, for example, means that the 10 pound kid will get an 5 1/3 ounce bottle three times a day.

If you are feeding four times per day you can add a little to the amounts listed below.

Also, during the first couple of weeks you will want to give the bottle four times per day. And for the first four to five days this should be colostrum or colostrum replacement wherever possible. Be aware that babies have difficulty absorbing powdered milk replaces for the first 7 – 10 days. People wean at any variety of ages from 4 weeks to 6 months. Kids being raised on powdered milk tend to be weaned earlier than those raised on their mothers. We wean at 16 weeks. Good arguments can be made for any choice. Some feeding charts are based on age, but that doesn’t make allowance for the variety of sizes.

For kids that are being raised on the doe, you obviously don’t have to worry about the “charts.” But you should still make sure that the kid is getting enough milk. If you think there is a shortage, you can supplement with a bottle or help the kid nurse off one of the other does. Babies should be encouraged to eat grain and leafy alfalfa just as soon as possible (about 10 days).

 

FEEDING BABY GOATS
WEIGHT (in lbs) 4 x DA 3 x DA 2 x DA GRAIN
5 3 oz 4 oz 6 oz 1 oz
7 4 oz 6 oz 8 oz 2 oz
10 5 oz 7 oz 10 oz 2 oz
15 7 oz 9 oz 14 oz 2 oz
20 8 oz 11 oz 16 oz 3 oz
25 10 oz 13 oz 20 oz 3 oz
30 12 oz 16 oz 24 oz 4 oz
40 16 oz 21 oz 32 oz 5 oz
50 20 oz 27 oz 40 oz 6 oz

[If you would rather figure it by age: Day 1-2, 4-6 oz 4 x da; Day 3-7, 8-10 oz 3 x da; Weeks 2-6, 16-18 oz 2 x da; Week 6 to weaning (8-14 wk), 20-24 oz 2 x da. However, we do prefer the chart above.]

 

What to Feed babies

We do not think it is good to feed our babies soy substitute milk  so we found this handy mix that works great for us.

1 gallon Whole Milk
1 can Evaporated Milk
1 cup Cultured Buttermilk
1 quart Whole goat milk

 

 

Feeding Goat Kids