Alright Goat People!!! I Need Help!!! *edited with new pics pg4*

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Crazyland, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. Crazyland

    Crazyland Songster

    Aug 14, 2009
    Sandhills NC
    We got a free Pygmy goat late this afternoon. So late I couldn't get to the store for any milk powder or anything. Also it being Christmas Eve everything is pretty much closed till Sunday or Monday.
    The little fella should be 5 weeks old.
    What I have on hand in my house... dog food, cat food, rabbit pellets, game fowl feed with scratch, alfalfa squares. I do have goats milk in the fridge. We like to drink it.
    I doubt he can eat the dog food and cat food, and I know the game bird is not good for him. Also with him being this young I am pretty sure he needs milk! They told me they were just starting to throw corn out to him. I asked if I could get any food from the people but they were dragging their feet so bad I just wanted to go.
    I don't know anyone with goats/kids.
    At the moment he is quietly laying in the dog crate.

    Oh and for a name..... One kid wants Frosty and the other Nikko(Nikolaus).
    He is the sable coloring with a white band around his belly. Sorry no pictures yet.

    So can ya'lll help me with getting some food into his belly? I know the poor little fella hasn't eaten in atleast 8 hours.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2010

  2. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    When I bottle fed my Nigi's I used whole cows milk. Just make sure you warm it, just like a human baby.
  3. Crazyland

    Crazyland Songster

    Aug 14, 2009
    Sandhills NC
    I don't have whole cows milk in the house. [​IMG] So pastuerized milk is ok for them?
  4. PuppyBantamCochin

    PuppyBantamCochin Songster

    Apr 19, 2010
    I got a couple goat kids @3-4weeks old and I really thought they needed milk, but they refused to take a bottle. We were really afraid they'd starve, but we saw them eating grass & hay & grain and they did fine. I think he should do okay...(mine are 3years old now & hardy little goats),

  5. heathersboers

    heathersboers Songster

    Dec 2, 2010
    I would try a lil goats milk in a bowl or bottle-you may have to fight with it some.- ours wean at 8 weeks and he should be eating good by now. Feed him some alfalfa, and scratch- the baby should be OK till monday when you can get him some feed. I would try the milk though- 5 weeks is a lil young to wean.
  6. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    Look up a milk replacement recipe online.I used to have one , but can't find it.seems like I remember plain cow milk gives them diarhea.goats milk is different .if it is weaned you should not have to give it too much milk,and I would not give it dog or cat food.....jmo good luck.
  7. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    Quote:if you do find the recipe and it does get diarrhea,you can pick up something at most feed stores for it.its usually for " scours" and used on baby calves.and leave molasses out of the recipe. That OS used to keep the bowels regulated.

  8. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Any way you can call the folks you got it from to see if they have any extra milk/formula? You don't want to change its feed suddenly or it will get the scours for sure.
  9. dutchhollow

    dutchhollow Songster

    May 13, 2008
    SW IA
    Agree with gff, get a hold of the previous owners, and see what he was eating. At 5 weeks old any goat should still be on milk (we wean our boers and dairy's that are on bottles at 3 months), was he on a bottle? If not you are going to have to hold him and get it in his mouth till he figures out what it is. Whole cows milk will be ok, (whole vit d pasturized, not raw, tho that would be fine also) he might scour at first if he isn't used to it, probios or yogurt should probably be given also. Do not give dog, cat or chicken food, plain grass hay would be best.
  10. Crazyland

    Crazyland Songster

    Aug 14, 2009
    Sandhills NC
    I know where they get some of their feed from but they said he was only getting some milk and some corn thrown out. The only other thing about these people is that they are known to mix in weird things for their animals to eat.
    Their chicken food is a mix of about 4 or 5 different things. It almost looks like powder when they are done.
    I forgot about Probios. I do have some of that.
    He has been eating a little alfalfa and will drink a little milk from a bowl. Is stubborn on drinking from a bottle, but I figured if he is at least getting some from the bowl he will be ok.
    How much do they drink a day?
    He is going to the bathroom and everything looks normal.

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