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Bluff

  • Joined Apr 2016
  • Shropshire / N Wales Border
Stupid question... when to give kids water
« on: April 04, 2017, 07:51:32 pm »
I am sure this is a stupid question but I can't find the answer anywhere.
At what age do I need to make water available to the kids? The waterfor our does is high enough up for them not to poop in it meaning the kids can't reach. Thank you
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pharnorth

  • Joined Nov 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
Re: Stupid question... when to give kids water
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2017, 08:01:31 pm »
I would have some in reach from even a couple of weeks old. They may just be tasting rather than drinking it but they do put their noses to it occasionally. And if not then, when?

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Stupid question... when to give kids water
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2017, 08:05:38 pm »
I don't put in water very early. My goat kids are on 4 x 500ml milk until three months old, so I will normally start to put in a bucket a couple of weeks before the milk fees are reduced to 3 x 500ml. By that time they are old enough not to mess around with it too much and danger of drowning is less. Just the way it works for me.

PS.: My kids are inside until 12 weeks as well.

Bluff

  • Joined Apr 2016
  • Shropshire / N Wales Border
Re: Stupid question... when to give kids water
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2017, 08:15:04 pm »
Thank you. It's the fear of drowning that stops me putting it out for them earlier.
Don't feel quite so daft now  :D

Talana

  • Joined Mar 2014
Re: Stupid question... when to give kids water
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2017, 08:55:19 pm »
I give mine access to water quite early, from week old.I use small clip on plastic poultry dish which clips on to side of large dog crate which I use for young kids next to mothers pen, and hay between crate and shed wall also same clip on dish with creep. Now at a month old kids have own pen and bucket of water, hayrack plastic tub nailed to wall to hold creep, bucket of chaff to pick at.

Penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Stupid question... when to give kids water
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2017, 09:38:37 pm »
Thank you. It's the fear of drowning that stops me putting it out for them earlier.
Don't feel quite so daft now  :D
I think it's only at birth or when they are finding their feet there would be a risk of drowning. But useful to know when others offer water, i leave kids on their mums, and some of the buckets are a bit high, but I'll let them out with mums when weather is nice, and I'll take note if they are playing with the tub outside.

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Stupid question... when to give kids water
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2017, 11:06:07 pm »
Mine had access right from the start.  I did have the buckets raised so that they couldn't easily fall in, but they could stand up to reach if they wanted to.  From about a week old I noticed that they would go with mum to have a look at what was in there.... one was very amusing as she seemed to be afraid of whatever was looking back at her if the water was still...
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