Weaning 12 week nubian

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I am new to goats --- have a 12 week old Nubian that I have had for about 4 weeks. She was being bottle fed when I bought her, and I have continued to bottle feed twice a day -- 20 oz (with goat milk from the farm where I got her.)

I am ready to wean her. She is eating alfalfa and a little grain, and graises on the pasture. We also have a 5 month old Cashmere that is very healthy and does well on this diet. Is there anything I should look out for in terms of weaning her? Today is the first day without any bottle so far. She crys for it when she sees me, but otherwise seems fine. She is skinny and coughs frequently, especially in the morning, but has no other signs of illness.

-- Cat Milhauser (catmilha@mac.com), August 10, 2003


The coughing is probaly her learning to work her cud. Just watch for a change in behavior. It sounds like you have everything in hand.

-- bergy (bbergbower@hotmail.com), August 14, 2003.

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