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I'm to jump Right in. Friday February 1st at 4:30 in the morning my goat Barn burned down with 10 of my goats in it. There were four dose with kids on their sides one wether in 1 doe with no baby. My survivors are my buck and my three itwethers. I am beyond devastated. it was absolutely the worst thing that has ever happened to my whole life 💔.
I didn't think I'd ever be able to move on I couldn't even look at my goats pictures I still can't look at my goats pictures but I decided to start again. I'm purchasing a new doeling on Saturday
She is a bottle baby. My question is she's going to be my only bottle baby is she going to be okay alone in my house by herself until she's old enough to go out with the boys?
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I've raised about every animal there is. It's nice to raise them as part of a herd, but if they grow up alone, they grow up alone. They might not be as well socialized when they get older if you put them into a herd, but it also might not make any difference. The only thing that seems to be absolutely necessary (at least every time in my experience) is that every baby animal must get at least some colostrum. If they don't, they can sometimes live for even as long as three months, but without it eventually they will die. My experience, ..they just have to have it. Sorry about your loss. It might be helpful to say what caused the fire, so maybe others could try to avoid the same happening.
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How devastating. I cannot imagine the horror of such a fire, such a loss. I’m sorry you had to experience that. Was it electrical? Or do you know?

A bottle baby will be fine in your house until the weather warms enough for her to transition outside. She will bond to you and she will think she’s human. To let her know she is a goat, take her outside for time with the boys any day that it is warm enough. A little lamb-type coat may be helpful for her first visits. Keep an eye on the boys, especially if they are not used to kids, during those initial visits.

If you are able to get a second bottle doeling, it would be advisable. Then they can have a peer group and playmates. And bottle feeding 2 on the same schedule is only slightly more time consuming- and not at all more time consuming if you transition them to a small bucket feeder.

Hopefully the breeder from whom you are getting her made sure she got colostrum right away (almost all do, but ask).

The good thing about bottle kids, in my experience, is that they are easier to train for milking later on. Indeed, if she is to be a milker, go ahead and introduce her to the stand and such in her early weeks, and handle her all over. She will be a dream milker for you, one day (If that is what you do with them).
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