NFU Mutual Smallholding Insurance

Author Topic: What to feed 4 wk old kids? and how?  (Read 1635 times)

Thrift Bee

  • Joined Aug 2013
  • Co. Wicklow
What to feed 4 wk old kids? and how?
« on: February 06, 2014, 08:30:48 am »
With the help of you lovely people here, Bramble and Buster are happy healthy rapidly growing kids. Dairy nuts doesn't seem right for the kids. Our local farm feed store suggessted calf rearer which seems reasonable.

How can i possibly leave out food for the little ones that Mum and Granny won't snaffle first?
Thrift Bee
Voss Electric Fence

tizaala

  • Joined Mar 2011
  • Dolau, Llandrindod Wells,Powys
Re: What to feed 4 wk old kids? and how?
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2014, 10:28:08 am »
We give calf weaner mixed with a bit of rolled barley and soaked sugar beet , youngster tend to sample mums food in small portions as they want to, gradually they will start to eat more and more, they normally start sampling hay first , you can try a creep feeder later on but might find you are wasting more food than they eat.

Brucklay

  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Perthshire
    • Brucklay Pygmy Goats
    • Facebook
Re: What to feed 4 wk old kids? and how?
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2014, 01:39:05 pm »
Agree with Tiz - whatever you feed to the Mum's the kids will start to sample and eat more and more. My first lot of pygmy kids just under 4 weeks old are in mums feed bucket at feed time (in fact they sleep in there too) and activly eating. I feed sheep crunch as we can't get Dairy nuts here so it's is smaller and some very small bit in it.
Pygmy Goats, Shetland Sheep, Zip & Indie the Border Collies, BeeBee the cat and a wreak of a building to renovate!!

shygirl

  • Joined May 2013
Re: What to feed 4 wk old kids? and how?
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2014, 10:36:08 am »
iv fed harbro calf rearer to all my goats with no problems. beef stock nuts are a bit cheaper though.

goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: What to feed 4 wk old kids? and how?
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2014, 12:08:32 pm »
My girls eat sheep crunch, but the kid didn't really eat anything until about 2 months old - she just fiddled about a bit with in her mouth and didn't really have anything meaningful - just make sure they eat enough or are still getting enough milk esp as their bones are growing.
registered soay, castlemilk moorit  and north ronaldsay sheep, pygmy goats, steinbacher geese, muscovy ducks, various hens, lots of visiting mallards, a naughty border collie, a puss and a couple of guinea pigs

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: What to feed 4 wk old kids? and how?
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2014, 11:54:08 pm »
I don't buy anything special. They just eat whatever is there for the others. It's only hay for the first few weeks then they start to investigate concentrates.

 

starting hard feed for kids

Started by maddy

Replies: 4
Views: 1412
Last post May 05, 2013, 10:14:09 pm
by Mad Goatwoman of Madeley
Feeding gg kids hard feed

Started by angie

Replies: 10
Views: 2318
Last post October 20, 2016, 08:30:56 pm
by fsmnutter
Orphan Pygmy Kids off their feed

Started by JedM

Replies: 5
Views: 457
Last post June 25, 2019, 09:07:16 pm
by Anke
Teats very red and sore not letting kids feed from one side.

Started by Thrift Bee

Replies: 8
Views: 2500
Last post February 22, 2014, 07:58:23 pm
by ScotsGirl
Pic of kids

Started by Roxy

Replies: 9
Views: 2673
Last post March 13, 2010, 10:31:18 am
by Hellybee

Forum sponsors

FibreHut Energy Helpline Thomson & Morgan Time for Paws Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival Little Peckers

© The Accidental Smallholder Ltd 2003-2020. All rights reserved.

Design by Furness Internet

Site developed by Champion IS