When do I offer water to a nursing goat kid?

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  1. Ana Robin

    Ana Robin Out Of The Brooder

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    I was just curious as to wen the baby needs water in addition to milk. I've heard horror stories about kids drowning in water buckets.

    Advice is appreciated!
     
  2. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't remember exactly when I started offering water to nursing kids but it was fairly early especially if the weather was hot. Never had one drown in a water bucket, but I used small buckets, like about a gallon size or so.
     
  3. WallabyOfChaos

    WallabyOfChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our lambs and kid goats have free access to fresh water when they are about 3 days old. If they can see over into the bucket/trough then they are not likely to jump in. We use small rubber feed pans to water small babies, so even if one is accidentally pushed in they can hop right back out.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I have always followed up my goats milk bottle with some water, about 2-4 ounces, I increase the amount as they get older, when weaning time comes I lower the milk and up the water, otherwise I don't offer a water bucket until they are a couple weeks old.
     
  5. Ana Robin

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    Thanks, everyone. So, the consensus is water early. Okay, got it! I put a dog dish of water in (sort of small) in with mama and baby.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I guess I read it wrong, you have a momma goat, for the first week I would water the mom a few times a day, after that the kids can get out of any buckets they might hop into.
     
  7. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    Water offered early is definitely a good thing. I do caution against putting water in a bottle though. This has been known to cause hemolysis of blood cells due to water intoxication.
     
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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    And it makes their bellys make a slogging noise. I've done it for every kid I've raised, I don't allow them to drink everything but I've never had troubles either. Seems I do a lot of things considered wrong by people, but I come from a farming background and apparently things are done differently around here. Everything I ever raised not only survives but thrives.
     
  9. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    I'm sure many people do it but there is still a risk associated and I think people should be aware that it could be a potential (sometimes deadly) problem.
     
  10. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    A lot of people offer a bottle of warm water to their kids after their milk. My vet told me not to do that because it interferes somewhat with the digestion of the milk. For the same reason I was told not to give milk and electrolytes at the same time.
     
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