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Old 07-04-2007, 09:44 AM  
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Baby pygmy goat today. How ofter should she be nursing?

I went out to feed everybody this morning and found Liberty. We knew she was pregnant and one of our pygmy goats Snowball (1st time mom) had 1 baby this morning. her name is Liberty. I have been watching to make sure she is nursing and it does not seem that she is nursing enough. The mom keeps turning around when she tries to look at her like what in the heck are you doing, but there are a couple time that is appears that she has been able to nurse for a couple of seconds. How often should she be trying to nurse and how long should she be latching on for? Thanks for the help!!
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Old 07-04-2007, 10:08 AM  
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Don't forget to get iodine on her navel.

Okay, goat kids will nurse for about 3 to 5 seconds continually throughout the day. You may never actually see it. But, you should check mama to see if the plugs are out of her teats. Then, you may have to hold her still to make sure the baby gets a good suck of the colostrum. Though, if she's finding the teat on her own, she's probably got that down!

You can check to make sure the baby is drinking by kind of feeling the flank area. If it's very thin, she's not getting enough. If it's full, she's getting plenty!

Cute!
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Old 07-04-2007, 08:48 PM  
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Okay, she seems to be nursing some. she seems to search for the teat bop the mom a few times, not drink anything and then walk away. She seems to be alert and active though, but I wish I could see her nurse a little more. She is a sweetheart!! I guess she is sneaking a drink while I am not looking!!
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Oh, she is precious......and I love the name Liberty! Great 4th of July present!!!!
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Old 07-05-2007, 06:46 AM  
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Love your Little Liberty's face...and markings.

Looks like mama is bonded...mine never had a problem getting enough to eat...maybe too much

Let us know how she does...

The babies are such a joy...and a cute little Firecracker...YEAH!!!!
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Old 07-05-2007, 02:15 PM  
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Thanks!! She is so cute to watch bounce and hop around. Her little belly seems full to the touch. I have seen her nurse too. Just a little nervous still. Our last baby we ended up having to bottle feed. I am still not 100% sure why, but he did not seem to be getting enough milk from his mom. I just want to make sure that Liberty is getting enough to drink.
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They are kind of scary when they're little because you don't see them stand and nurse for long periods of time. I've stressed about that often! Plus, when they are really little, they don't make much of a difference on Mom's full bag. But, as long as she's spritely and you've seen her find it without a hitch, she's doing fine.
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