Any trouble with bottle-baby Nannies??

Discussion in 'Goats' started by jill.costello, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. jill.costello

    jill.costello Well-Known Member

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    Hi all,
    Well, I think BOTH my girls are preggers, and I have a question about the one I bottle fed when she was a baby.

    Will she have all the correct mothering instincts? Her mother refused her, so she NEVER got the nanny-love.

    Thanks! -Jill
     
  2. mpillow

    mpillow Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have a 3yo bottle nanny who does just fine with her babies. However, once I start milking her in the evenings...when her kids are close to a month old...sometimes she is stand-offish with them so I just hold her collar in her kidding stall and treat her while the babies nurse...it only takes a few times before she just lets the babies have their way and everyone is happy.
     

  3. mary,tx

    mary,tx Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Maybe yes, maybe no. Some bottle babies make great moms, some will refuse the kids altogether, no matter what you do. You'll definitely want to keep a close eye on her the first few days to be sure they are nursing, and have a contingency plan.
    mary