I just got my very first goats recently, and within a week and a half of bringing them home, They were both dead. My opinion is that #1-I used powdered replacer. #2-I fed too much, too infrequently.
The research I have done has led me to believe that it is indeed better to give them smaller portions per feeding, and do it more frequently. For example, instead of 12oz replacer, twice daily...Do like 6oz 4 times a day. I have been reading that cows milk (whole cow's milk) is much better than giving them powdered replacers.
The availability of baking soda helps to regulate rumen ph
fresh hay and browsing matter is very important to have, as they nibble at an early age.
Learn from my mistakes! They are NOT hardy animals. They are very fragile. The slightest thing can prove fatal.
Talk to people who have raised and bred them SUCCESSFULLY for years and ears...Knowledge is power!
R.I.P. Buddy and Mitchell
It's okay when I was little I got a little black goat named Sarah and I anuck her into the house and into my room and my Jack Russell have her a heart attack and she died right infront of me /: