Page Last Updated: January 24, 2016
If purchasing a weaned kid from us, this is what they will have had before leaving, unless otherwise noted.
This does not apply to kids leaving early on the bottle.
Day 1: We like to be there at birth to wipe noses, make sure the kids are strong and healthy, and make sure they get a good amount of colostrum from their dam. Once kids are dry and standing well, we will handle them, hold them, and basically desensitize them as much as we can. As they grow, we continue to play with and handle them. Unfortunately, I can't guarantee all the kids will have a friendly personality. Sometimes they are skittish.
Week 1-3: We will disbud the kids somewhere within this time frame depending on the horn bud growth, size, etc.
Week 3: We generally treat for or start coccidia prevention. We use a one time treatment of Toltrazuril/Baycox and booster later on if needed.
Week 5: BoSe shot if I feel they need it. Most do not.
Week 7-8: Band bucklings that will be sold as wethers.
Week 8: Some kids get weaned. Most will receive their first CD&T shot and are dewormed.
Week 9-10: Most kids are sold and heading off to their new home.
Week 10-12: CD&T Booster.
Week 10-12: Kids should be dewormed again.
Bottle Raised Kids:
Most of our kids are dam raised. Occasionally, we will have bottle kids available for sale. Nigerians often have several kids in a litter so if there are too many kids for the doe to care for and/or feed, we will generally pull one or two kids out of the litter to bottle raise. We have had as many as five kids in a litter at one time! We generally train the kids to the bottle before they head off to their new homes. We want to make sure the kids are off to a good start and taking the bottle easily for their new owners. Occasionally, we will make an exception if you are very experienced with bottle raising and would like to take the kid straight off the dam to train yourself. The benefit to this is you can easily put them on whatever milk or milk replacer you want. We always make sure those who choose to take a kid this way are experienced and qualified. Kids that we start on the bottle are fed Land O Lakes Doe's Match milk replacer (3-4x daily, as much as they want). This has worked very well for us. Our bottle kids have grown just as well as our dam raised kids and are just as healthy. I haven't found a better milk replacer. If you are purchasing a bottle kid from us, you will want to keep them on the same brand milk replacer we use or switch them over to a different milk replacer very slowly. We do not recommended doing so, but it is possible. It can be hard on them so make the switch slowly and gradually. Never make a drastic change in diet. Kids will need to be bottle fed until at least 8 weeks old, but it's usually beneficial to wait and wean until 9-12 weeks. Always have hay and minerals available for them to nibble on so they can get used to it and will be eating well and ready to wean at the appropriate age. You may not see much action, if any, in the beginning, but having it available is very important so they get used to it. By weaning age, they should be eating hay successfully. Bottle raising kids is a time consuming commitment, but can also be very fun and rewarding. Always do your research prior to taking on bottle kids and have everything well prepared before bringing them home.
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