Saturday, July 24, 2010
Alice needs a little help. One of her little girls is not getting enough milk. It was apparent that all was not well when I came home from my trip and the first born and smallest doe was looking a bit lethargic and dehydrated. I decided to offer her a bottle. I love to have a baby around to bottle feed anyway so I hoped she would cooperate. Now my experience with babies that have been on their mothers has been that they don't want to accept a bottle right away. They usually struggle against you until they figure out that good things come out of that bottle. It can sometimes take more than one try.
Not this little girl.
I picked her up and put her in my lap and stuck the bottle in her mouth. She gave a half cry of protest and then started sucking as if her life depended on it.
Within one day she was noticeably better. She is much more active, and with a full belly, much more independent. While the other two stick fairly close to Alice, this little doe wanders the field until she remembers that she has a family and comes screaming and looking for them. When she sees them she stops short and acts like she knew they were there all the time.
She's a sweet little goat and will be even sweeter because she's now a bottle baby.