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My husband and I raise boer goats.  We are just finishing the first half of our kidding season, and have had a really good month.  With that being said, over the past few days, I have noticed one 2 week old baby looking somewhat different than all of the other kids.  She often stands hunched, does not interact with the other kids and moms, and just generally looks "sad".  I watched her with her mom today, and although the kid looks like a healthy weight, it is apparent that mom is trying to wean her.  I have not had this happen before, and am wondering what my best course of action is?  I am not opposed to bottle feeding--I have two on bottles now, but I know that at two weeks of age, this may be difficult, if not impossible.  Help!!

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Can you catch the mother and make her stand while the kid nurses?  Is she drying off?  You can try supplementing with a bottle, but I haven't had much luck in converting two week old mother raised kids to a bottle.  Is there someone in the area that has dairy goats?  Maybe you could borrow one and see if the kid will nurse off of it.  Sometimes if kids won't take a bottle they will drink warm (almost hot) milk out of a small bowl.  There used to be some milk pellets called Foal-Lac or somesuch.  It was made for orphan foals but you might be able to get the kid to eat it.  I don't know if it is still available or not.  If you can get the kid to eat you have a pretty good chance of raising it in spite of early weaning.

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We have moved mom and kid back to a nursery pen. We are thinking there might be too much action in the larger space. Plus we can really watch. I appreciate your help, and will try suggestions, if quiet pen doesn't work
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