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5 week old Alpine goat eats grain and hay but won't take bottle

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I have three 5-week old Alpine female goats. They've been eager milk drinkers all along. But today, at the 3rd feeding, one of the girls wouldn't take the bottle. She's not interested at all. I saw her grazing and eating grain sporadically, but she will not take the bottle. She acts ok. Still spunky, and I've observed cud chewing, which I assume means her rumen is working properly.
I'm thinking I need a vet, but I'd like to know if this is common and/or if there's anything I can try first.
Thanks, Alison
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If she is eating hay and grain, chewing her cud, and her ears are upright and alert, I wouldn't worry about it.  Did you take her temperature?

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I was going to to feed them this morning, with a thermometer and Vaselune in hand, but I didn't need it! Whatever it was, she snapped out of it and drank her milk with a vengeance! I am so relieved! Thank you for your response.
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At 5 weeks they are ready for twice a day feeding, they could just be getting too much, especially if they are already eating solids.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
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Thank you. I will cut back. 

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