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Baby Goat Information for Buyers

Bottle Feeding Supplies

You will need the following supplies: 


Whole Cows Milk

- Available at Walmart for $2.44 per gallon


Canned Goat Milk

- Available at Walmart for $2.98 per can


Full Fat Buttermilk

- Available at Walmart for $3.98 per half gallon


One Gallon Jug with Top Spout

- Available at Walmart for $14.47


Baking Soda

- Available at Walmart for $0.78 for a 1lb box

- Add one pinch of Baking Soda to their second bottle of the day until weaned


Ammonium Chloride

- Available at Jeffers Vet Supply for $16

- This is ONLY for bucklings - NOT doelings!!

- We will provide this, you do NOT need to buy it unless you run out

- Add one pinch of Ammonium Chloride to their first bottle of the day until weaned


Bottle

- Available at Tractor Supply for for $5.29




Milk Mixture Recipe

Recipe


Step 1: 

Pour one can of goat milk into the one gallon jug


Step 2: 

Pour one cup of full fat buttermilk into the one gallon jug


Step 3: 

Pour whole milk into the one gallon jug until full



Bottle Feeding Schedule for Baby Goats

Week 2 - Week 4

- Four times a day

- Must be fed every fours, but can go 12 hours overnight

- Example: Bottle feed at 6:30am, 10:30am, 2:30pm and 6:30pm


Week 5 - Week 6 

- Three times a day

- Example: Bottle feed at 6:30am, 12:30pm and 6:30pm


Week 7 - Week 9

- Two times a day

- Example: Bottle feed at 6:30am and 6:30pm


Week 10 - Week 11

- One time a day

- Example: Bottle feed at 6:30am


Goats MUST be bottle fed for at least 10 weeks. Do NOT wean before the 10 week mark. You can continue feeding once a day through week 12 if you'd like to. 


Bottle Feeding Chart

Follow the instructions on the chart shown when bottle feeding baby goats. It is important to NEVER feed more than 20% of your goats weight in ounces of milk in one day. 



What Else Do Goats Eat?

Dumor Goat Feed

- Available at Tractor Supply for $15.99 for a 50lb bag

- Bucklings MUST have the one with ammonium chloride in it. You will see "ammonium chloride" written on the front of the bag, near the bottom. It is safe for doelings to eat. 

- Give a handful every morning and night to each goat


Alfalfa Hay

- Available at Tractor Supply for $19.99 for a 50 lb compressed bale

- Give a handful every morning and night


Timothy Grass

- Available at Tractor Supply for $21.99 for a 50 lb compressed bale

- Give as much as they will eat, no limit


Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

- Available at Tractor Supply for $15.99 for a 20 lb bag

- Give a handful every morning and night, mixed in with their feed

- Good source of fiber, protein and gives goats a shinier, healthier coat

- Improves milk production and butterfat in lactating does


Raw Pumpkin Seeds in Shell

- Available at www.nuts.com for $5.99 for a 1 lb bag

- Give a handful every morning and night, mixed in with their feed

- Natural dewormer


Lespedeza Pellets

- Available at FarmTown in Sardis, Alabama for $40 per 30lb bag 

- Give a handful every morning and night, mixed in with their feed

- Naturally reduces parasite load, including coccidia


Minerals

- Available at Tractor Supply for $12.99 for a 8 lb bag

- Only feed loose minerals, NEVER a mineral block

- Leave out free choice, meaning always keep fresh minerals in their wall feeder - they will eat it when they need it

- You can also sprinkle some over their feed mixture


Baking Soda

- Available at Walmart for $0.78

- Leave it out free choice, meaning always keep fresh baking soda in their wall feeder (separate, do not mix with minerals) - they will eat it when they need it

- You can also sprinkle it over their feed mixture




Daily Diet for Goats

- Fresh water must be available at all times

- Around 3-4 weeks of age (while the goat is still taking a bottle), mix a handful of goat feed and half a handful of black oil sunflower seeds (BOSS) and put in one side of the goat's wall feeder. Sprinkle a couple tablespoons of loose minerals over the feed mixture. They might eat it, they. might not - they are still learning what feed is because right now, they only care about milk bottles. However, it's important to introduce feed at this time. Because you are adding a pinch of baking soda to their first bottle of the day, you don't need to have baking soda out free choice yet. In the other side of the wall feeder, put a mix of alfalfa hay and timothy grass. 

- Around 5-6 weeks of age (while they are still taking a bottle), start adding a half a handful of raw pumpkin seeds to their feed mixture (feed, BOSS and minerals) every morning and night. Again, might eat them, might not, but it is important to introduce seeds at this time. In the second section of the wall feeder, add a handful of loose minerals. Buy a second wall feeder and put a handful of alfalfa hay in one side and as much timothy grass as you can fit in the other side. 

- Around 8 weeks of age (while they are still taking a bottle) start adding half handful of lespedeza pellets to their feed mixture (feed, BOSS, raw pumpkin seeds, minerals) every morning and night. Keep feeding hay and grass. At 8 weeks, old, goats should be taking two bottles of milk per day as they are almost weaned and will be eating much more of the feed mixture, hay and grass.

- At 10 weeks of age, only give the goats one bottle per day, continue for one week, then stop giving them a bottle as they are now weaned. However, you can continue feeding one bottle per day up to 12 weeks if you want to. Once you stop giving bottles, you MUST start leaving out baking soda free choice in a wall feeder because they will no longer be getting it in their bottle. At this point, you will be able to add a flake of timothy grass and a flake of alfalfa hay to wall mounted hay feeders as they will be eating much more. This will create space in your second wall feeder to add baking soda for them to eat when they need it.