We have a baby BoerX goat, 2 weeks old. He was split from his mamma at the auction last Tuesday and I got him for my son. We have been trying since Tuesday night to get this goat on the bottle and he will not take it. I thought when he got hungry enough he would, but it's not working. I have put corn syrup on the nipple to entice him. I have put a touch of corn syrup in the milk replacer to sweeten it a bit, hoping that will entice him. I've tried holding it under my leg to simulate mamma, no go. It takes two of us to feed him, my son holds him and I hold the bottle in his mouth. If I don't hold it in, he spits it out. If I do hold it in, he just mouths and gums it, but refuses to suck. We've tried a regular baby bottle nipple and found a long lamb/goat, I guess, nipple at co-op that we're trying now. He refuses. How we have to feed him is, we try the bottle. When he's refused to suck from it, and we give it a good long try, I have to hold my finger in his mouth, with the other hand I stick a syringe in the side and squirt it along my finger while he sucks. Why won't he suck the bottle, if he'll suck my finger? What are we doing wrong? ----- I must add that we've raised another bottle baby goat before with no trouble. That's why I'm so surprised that this one won't take a bottle.