Hi I bought 2 goats from someone on Craigslist and boy did I get scammed. I wouldn't trade these little guys for anything, I have only had them a week, but love them like my own kids. I believe she was a "puppy mill" she had tons of animals running around in a dirty environment. I was happy to save these two, but I am having major issues with one of them, please help.
OK, first I think they were both taken away from the momma too early, not my choice! Please don't judge. The little guy (Bambino) is about 10 days old. I think he didnt get the colostrum from his mom. He is having issues, I took him to the vet the next day after "rescuing them". Bambino does not walk well, he limps and if you touch is back by is back legs he kind of falls down or seems like he hurts, he cracked and fell and couldnt get up by himself, he also shakes a lot then his poop was really runny like bad diarrhea, the vet gave him shots and medicine for me to give him sulfur for 10 days to help with that. It has, but its still yellow and wet. Is this normal for a baby? My other one (Pumpkin), she claimed he is 9 weeks old, no way, he is a little bigger than Bambino I think he is about 2 weeks old or so was on whole milk, but the vet said that was really bad so they are both on milk re-placer.
I guess my question(s) are:
Why does his back hurt? He does not crack anymore when helping him up and he gets up on his own now, but he still limps and jumps a bit when walking. Any ideas why? The vet said if he doesn't get better with in 3 days there is no hope, well its been 6 days and I see a lot of improvement so my hopes are high. I just worry for him
How much should they be eating-how often? I researched it and everywhere says something different. I am on a schedule where we feed them both by bottle every 3-4 hours. They have no interest in hay or grains or plain water. They currently live in our house in our mudroom and I have a space heater in there (its a little cold) but he still shakes a lot, Bambino, the other one Pumpkin is as happy as can be, he jumps and runs around and head butts the little one knocking him over at times.
I am really sorry for the long message, but I am a animal lover and I dont want anything to happen to my new babies. Any suggestions/recommendations are greatly appreciated. Please no haters or mean comments. I am doing the best I can.