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Sometimes bottle feeding baby goats is a necessity, to insure that your goat gets all the nutrition needed. Other times you may want to bottle feed baby goats for convince. No matter what your reason you will need a few supplies and an understand of what you are doing.
Bottle Feeding Baby Goats
The first thing you will need to understand about bottle feeding baby goats is why. The number one reason that people bottle feed baby goats is due to complications with the mother.
If the mother goat passing during birth you will have no choice to bottle feed. Unless you have another goat in milk to feed the baby.
Sometimes a mother will refuse to feed, another reason to bottle feed a baby goat. This is irritating to most people, we would all feed our babies and find it strange that the mother goat will not. She is there and capable but for some reason is choosing not to let the baby feed.
The final reason that you may choose to bottle feed a baby goat, is to harvest that mother’s milk. Goats milk is very sought after and sells for more than cow milk. Some places will choose to bottle feed baby goats with milk replacer so they can sell the mother’s milk.
How to Bottle Feed Baby Goats
The first step in bottle feeding baby goats is to get a bottle. If you are bottle feeding a new baby you should offer the kid milk every couple of hours. Once the baby goat is a few days old and set on a schedule you should be able to feed every 4 hours. In a few short weeks you can get your baby onto a schedule where you only need to feed 3 times a day.
If the baby goats mother is healthy and you do not want to use milk relplacer, you could milk the mother and bottle feed it to your baby. Giving the most natural solution to feeding your new goat.
Other Options to Bottle Feeding
Bottle feeding baby goats is very time-consuming and labor intensive. You have to mix the formula, fill the bottle, and then feed the baby. This action takes place several times a day. To save time and effort you can use a bucket with nipples. Just pour the milk in the top of the bucket and the goat will drink out of the nipple.
You will have to teach your goat how to use the bucket. After introducing the bucket and insuring that your goat is comfortable with it, you will save a lot of time feeding.
If your goat needs bottle fed, do not fret. There is some work involved but you can make it through it. It is great to bottle feed. You will create a wonderful bond between you and your goat.