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Kid Care Operation Manual

Note that we are NOT veterinarians, so please consult your veterinarian.

        These are what we use and so you will know how they were treated prior to coming to your farm.


Gender Terms

Kid – young goat under 1 year of age

Doe – female goat

Buck – male goat (intact)

Wether – neutered male goat


Feeding

Milk (see kid care calendar)

1 cup of warm milk fed in a 20 oz bottle (common soft drink or water bottles) with a Prichard nipple attached

Milk can be:

· ¾ cup of whole cow milk and ¼ cup ½ & ½ 

· Super kid milk replacer

· Purchase raw milk from a dairy

· Milk from your doe 

Feed

Feed is introduced to kids during the 2nd month

Adult feed requirements for bucks and does

· In morning: ½ cup of classy goat grain

· In morning: ½ leaf of hay alfalfa/grass, from small square bale

· In evening: ½ leaf of hay alfalfa/grass, from small square bale

· Free choice goat minerals

Adult feed requirements for wethers

· In morning: ½ leaf of hay grass, from small square bale

· In evening: ½ leaf of hay grass, from small square bale

· Free choice goat minerals

Shelter needs

They need a place for them to get away from bad weather (wind, rain, snow)  and a place to sleep. We use large dog houses and calf shelters. They also need a fenced area that they can’t escape from. We like to use 4” x 4” welded wire panels and T-posts. They will likely enjoy having something to climb/play on. Keep it away from fencing so that they don’t use it to jump out. They may enjoy climbing on their shelter, wooden spools, stumps or boulders.

  

Kid Care Calendar

  • Day 1: remove kid from doe
  • Day 1-7: feed colostrum from doe (3-4x per day), may supplement with colostrum powder
  • Day 2 or 3: disbud (stop horn growth)
  • Day 2 or 3: bucks are wethered      (neutered) if not to be kept as bucks
  • Month 1: bottle feed milk 3x per day 
  • Day 30: 2cc CDT vaccine administered subcutaneously
  • Day 30-36: Albon treatment 1cc orally each day
  • Month 2: bottle feed milk 2x per day
  • Day 60: 2cc CDT vaccine administered subcutaneously
  • Day 60-66: Albon treatment 2cc orally each day
  • Month 3: bottle feed milk 1x per day
  • Day 90-96: Albon treatment 3cc orally each day
  • Day 90: 2cc CDT vaccine administered subcutaneously
  • One time each year(one month before kidding if a breeding doe): 2cc CDT vaccine administered subcutaneously


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Why Choose Nigerian Dwarfs?

  • Known to be very friendly when raised as bottle fed kids
  • Make a great pet
  • Only breed of goat that can have blue eyes
  • A real dairy goat in a smaller package
  • Adult does and bucks are much easier to handle than standard sized goats
  • Require less feed than standard sized goats
  • Are disbudded as kids so you won’t have horns that can hurt you or other goats
  • Come in a wide variety of coat colors and patterns
  • Adult does are no taller than 22.5 inches and adult bucks are no taller than 23.5 inches
  • Requirements for shelter and pasture are smaller than for standard sized goats
  • They are fun to play with and easy to hold
  • Fun when they climb on you when they are kids  

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Why Choose Nigerian Dwarf Goats (pdf)

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