Pygmy goat 1st time kidding with 3 kids

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by meretapixie, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. meretapixie

    meretapixie New Egg

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    My Pygmy goat just had her first kidding, with 3 goats. I am wondering if she will be able to produce enough milk for them or if I should supplement with milk replacer as well? Thank you!
     
  2. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would probably supplement so everyone is getting enough. Usually there will be a runt. Thats probably the one you should really watch as the others will push it out.
     
  3. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    She should be fine. But, since it is her first time, you will want to check on them.

    Wonderful that the birth went well.
     
  4. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Top knot is right though, about there at times being a runt.

    I still wouldn't supplement, I would go out there every so often, pull off the strongest kid, push the weakest to the front, and make sure it suckled well. Depending on how they are doing, you might have to never do that, do that once, or do that for the first week.

    Goats do well with multiple births. A set of three should do fine, but you need to watch them, make sure the smallest is feeding enough.

    It is super important that all three get some colostrum.
     
  5. PioneerPrincess

    PioneerPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I agree. I have three Nigerian Dwarf does that all kidded triplets their first freshenings. Two of the does (plus the kids all being the same size/ weight) produced enough milk to raise triplets and my third doe almost didn't. We contemplated bottle feeding her smallest, but decided instead to pull off one (sometimes both) stronger kid during feeding time and let the little one suck first. We also weaned the bigger ones at eight to ten weeks, but let the little one stay on the full twelve (possibly longer, I don't recall). I'd just keep an eye on your little one. Weigh your him once every three or four days; if he's gaining weight, fine. If not, then you may have to put him on a bottle or partially bottle feed.
     

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