There are a variety of situations where you may want or need to bottle feed your baby goats. Naturally giving them raw goat milk is your best option, but this isn’t always possible. If you do not have access to raw goat milk then this recipe is the next best thing. It is reasonably inexpensive to make and it will keep your kids happy and healthy.
I strongly caution against using powered milk replacers as these have been known to cause floppy kid syndrome (that’s BAD). There have been a huge amount of reported cases of the powered replacers causing death in kids. I have never heard of this cow milk recipe causing any issues.
It is imperative you make sure your kids get colostrum within 30 mins. to 1 hour at max after birth. You will want to make sure they are getting colostrum for roughly 24-48 hours after birth then you can switch them over to this recipe. It is best to give them colostrum from mom (even if you have to milk her then give it), but if this absolutely isn’t an option you will need to give a powdered Colostrum Supplement. I would keep some of this on hand in your kidding kit for emergencies.
Once your baby has gotten colostrum you can switch them over to this formula.
- 1 gallon whole cows milk
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 cup buttermilk (optional but recommended)
- Pour out some of the cows milk into a cup or bowl
- pour in your evaporated milk and buttermilk
- use the poured out cows milk to fill the gallon of milk back to the top
- give it a good shake to mix it up
How to feed
- give the gallon jug a little shake before using so it mixes up
- fill a bottle with milk (you can use a regular baby bottle or an empty soda or water bottle with these Screw on Nipples which is what I use and have had the best luck with)
- heat milk up (in a pan of hot water is best and a must if using raw milk, but in reality it will probably be the microwave) You will want it warm about the same temp. you would give to a human baby)
- You are ready to feed, check out my other post under goats on how to properly bottle feed.
- when finished thoroughly wash everything and let it dry for next time
- You must heat in hot water and not the microwave if using raw milk. The microwave will destroy the composition of the raw milk
- Be careful not to overfeed. This can cause scours and diarrhea
- raw milk spoils quickly especially when heated, if using this in your bottles make sure to thoroughly clean both bottle and nipples with hot soapy water immediately after using
- once raw milk is heated up you should not reheat and reuse. I would poor out any remaining raw milk in the bottle and use fresh next time. (if you have chickens, dogs, or cats they would love this extra treat and it is good for them)
- frequency and amount you will feed will depend on the size/breed of your goat. I have Nigerian Dwarfs and they tend to eat far less than their full size counterparts. I would recommend investing in Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats This is an amazing book that will help you with feeding amounts, schedules, problems, when to wean, and pretty much everything about raising goats.
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