How to Care for Baby Goats

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Care for baby goats by keeping the kids warm and getting them full of milk as soon as possible. Allow the mother goat to care for the baby goat if possible, and ensure the baby is feeding properly with tips from a livestock consultant in this free video on goat care.

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Tom Boyer, Chalk Creek Boers talking about how to care for baby goats. A Couple of key things are really critical about taking care of new born goats. One, they need to be kept warm so that hypothermia doesn't kill them. The second thing is you need to get their bellies full of milk as soon as possible. So that they have adequate nutrition, and can provide their own body heat, be able to get up, nurse or take the bottle, and go forward and grow as a healthy animal. It's very important that you be able to be there or if you're going to kid out in the open areas, that the mother is there to take care of that kid when it's first born. And if you're kidding outside, of course that's being done under favorable weather conditions so that you don't have to deal with hypothermia. And usually the mother will get the kid up and nurse and it will nurse on it's own, and there will be no problem. If you're doing it in the winter time you need to be around maybe to where you can make sure that the kid is up, and on its mother and getting starting. So there's two ways you can go about it there.

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