New kid not feeding

Discussion in 'Goats' started by sbartley, Jun 25, 2004.

  1. sbartley

    sbartley Guest

    I have a new kid born yesterday which I have only seen feeding once. Seems quite lively and is peeing and pooing OK but looks a little thin. Mother looking engorged so have just milked her a little and fed a bit to the kid via a syringe in the side of its mouth. Have tried introducing the kid to the teat and rubbing milk on its nose but it just backs away and is not interested.

    Anyone have any tricks of the trade. This is only my second goat baby and the first one was a glutton! So I have run out of ideas!

    Any help appreciated.
  2. oberhaslikid

    oberhaslikid Well-Known Member Supporter

    May 13, 2002
    Hi, I have never seen a kid eat a whole lot in the first few days they usually sucks short intervals.I would milk mom out a little so the teet isnt too tight for the little one to get a good hold. When they get hungry they will look for it, mom might be in pain if shes too full and might refuse.

  3. Thanks for that. This morning the little one has had a good drink from both sides and I milked mom a bit more too - so seems she was just a slow starter.