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

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by NHAlison, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. NHAlison

    NHAlison Out Of The Brooder

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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
     
  2. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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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?
     
  3. NHAlison

    NHAlison Out Of The Brooder

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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.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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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.
     
  5. NHAlison

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    Thank you. I will cut back.
     

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