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Raising Healthy Kids

Raising Healthy Kids

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8 EASY STEPS TO RAISING HEALTHY KIDS

 

Kidding season is our favorite time of the year! We want to help you be prepared and confident as the big event comes closer. Here are eight simple things to remember to keep your stress down and your kids healthy! These 8 steps are inexpensive and proven to give you the best shot at trouble-free goat rearing:

 

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1] BE THERE TO HELP: Provide a clean area for the “blessed event”. Try to be there for the birthing process. You may choose to leave the babies with Mom or adopt them for CAE prevention or hand rearing. It helps to have someone to attend to Mom and someone else to care for the newborns. Give Mom a bucket of fresh water. Check to be sure all the afterbirth is expelled and dispose of it properly.

 

2] NAVEL CARE: Prevent newborn “navel ill” by cutting the umbilical cord about 6 inches from the body, dipping it completely in Triodine-7  and clamping off with navel cord clamps.

 

3] CLEAN KIDS: Dry the kids with clean cloths, giving careful attention to the nose and mouth.

 

4] BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM: Always, always administer a 10cc Sub Q injection of Goat Serum Concentrate or 5 cc of Bovi Sera to provide the essential antibodies the babies must have to build a strong immune system. We recommend Bovi Sera as it works just as well but is significantly less expensive.

 

5] COLOSTRUM: If you are hand-raising, begin feeding either mom’s colostrum (heat treated for CAE prevention) or colostrum substitute. Begin feeding kid milk replacer or pasteurized milk if you are on a CAE prevention program after a day or two of colostrum. (Adding some Goat Colostrum Plus Powder is a valuable aid in keeping your kid goats strong and healthy.) We feed all they care to eat, three times a day. Each kid needs a minimum of 10% of its body weight per day in milk or replacer.

 

6] MILK: Milk or kid milk replacer should be their primary source of nutrition for the first three months. If using milk replacer, make sure that you are purchasing a milk replacer made specifically for goats. A multi-animal milk replacer will not provide your kids with what they need.

 

7] FOOD INTRODUCTION: Allow the kids to sample a little hay and grain occasionally.

 

8] COCCIDIOSIS PREVENTION: Starting at 3 weeks old, Feed 1/2 cc of DiMethox 40% (currently unavailable) or 1.5 cc DiMethox 12.5% ORALLY twice a day for one week, then once a week until weaned.

 

 

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Kidding Supplies Check List:

Goat Serum Concentrate or Bovi Sera

12cc syringes & 1/ 2” needles

Save-a-kid Syringe

Colostrum Replacer

Kid Kare Concentrate

Nutri-Drench or Goatade

Probios Gel

Navel Cord Clamps

Long Disposable Gloves and J-Lube

Nipples and/or a Multi-Kid Feeder

Milk Replacer

Kid Coats for cold weather kidding

Kid I.D. Bands for fast and easy identification

Dimethox

 

Hoegger’s Baby Kit has many of the above mentioned items at a 10% savings. It is also a good idea to have some milk replacer on hand should you bump into an emergency where the doe is unable to nurse.

 

If you follow these 8 easy steps, you should have a pleasant and joyful kidding season. Remember, you can post kidding questions on the Hoegger Forum at  http://forums.hoeggerfarmyard.com/forum/goat-health or call us at 1(800)221-4628 for more help.

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  1. by cgregore@hotmail.com
    Comment made on: February 2 2012

    First let me say that I think your newsletter is wonderful and I appreciate the effort that has gone into providing this for your readers. I know you have quite an audience of goat enthusiasts who read your newsletter and the spectrum of breeds owned by your audience is wide. I think the dosages listed on your articles are for large breed goats and there are several of us who raise Nigerian Dwarf goats. Would it be possible for your writers to put dosages for both large and small breeds in the articles? Thank you.
    Chris (Utterly Blessed Farm)



  2. by filmbit
    Comment made on: February 11 2012

    New mom goat is refusing to feed her twin girls. Looks like we will be hand feeding. I am currently milking mom for her colostrum.
    My question: I have a good bit of mom’s milk from last year frozen. When babies are off colostrum, is it safe to use this frozen milk to feed the babies? If so, is there a special way to fix it for them? (frozen milk seems to “clump” a bit; therefore, do I need to “blend” or mix it before feeding it so it won’t clump up the nipples?)


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