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I brought home 2 newborn LaMancha bucklings yesterday, one is doing just great, the other isn't :(

He has been eating up to this point, but wasn't interested last time.

He is weak and stumbly, has a hard time getting up on his front legs. I was watching him in the box, and a few times he just suddenly threw his head around and crashed to the floor. Now he seems very weak and lethargic.

I gave him ID-1 and Bo-Se, what else can I do for him? I have some Fortified B-Complex, should I use it on him? If so, oral or injected?



-- Tracy (, May 11, 2002


If between 3 and 10 days old than go to and read up on floopy kid. Or, was he recently disbudded? I would also read up in her med site and give him a weight appropriate dose of your B. Make sure you read only the B1 (thiamin) from your bottle when dosing. Is he getting goat milk? Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (, May 11, 2002.

Hi Vicki,

Ok, I read the floppy kid stuff, not *sure* that's what it is, but I'm going to give him the baking soda anyhow. Can't hurt at this point.

The amount of thiamine in the stuff I have is 100 mg/ml ---what is your suggestion? Can I give that orally too, or do I need to inject it?

They haven't been disbudded, and they are on goat milk.

thanks--these guys were supposed to be meat, but I was thinking they would make an adorable driving team. It'll be sad if we loose the one :(


-- Tracy (, May 11, 2002.

Tracy, go to and read her suggestions on how much per pound of 100 mg Thiamin to give. I don't give dosages of meds I don't give/or have used, myself. Sorry. Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (, May 12, 2002.

Well the little guy died last night :( He seemed to be doing better, then it was over.

The 2nd one seems happy and lively enough, but it's like he has forgotten how to suck all of a sudden ? He wouldn't take a bottle at all this morning even when I shoved it in his mouth and held it.

Any ideas?

-- Tracy (, May 13, 2002.

Tracey I am really at a loss as how to help. It certainly couldn't be white muscle with them just getting their Bo-se shot, you would have seen an near instant reversal of problems. You may want to try 300 IU of E, just buy capsules from wallmart, snip the end and squish the contents in the mouth. 300 IU a day, though to start might want to do 3 times a day. Even with getting no colostrum at birth, failure to thrive rarely begins with the loss of sucking instinct. Birth trauma would have been no sucking from birth. Any disease of infants I can think of would be illness, not weakness that would take the sucking reflex first.

Did you read up on FKS ( and treat with baking soda and penicillin? I am sorry I don't know what else to think! Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (, May 14, 2002.

Thanks for the idea about Vit E Vicki....I'll give that a try.

Oddly enough, he seems to be doing just fine.....I have had to tube him twice though.....about 2 hours after the first tubing, he suddenly stood up, grabbed the nipple and slurped a whole bottle!

Now he is back to not taking the bottle??? I've tubed him again for the night. This is really getting old!

The buckling that died I had tried everything on....he had baking soda, penicillin, Vit B, ID-1, Bo-se.....nothing seemed to help :( He took a whole bottle not long before he died.


-- Tracy (, May 14, 2002.

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