Saturday, July 24, 2010

Bottle Baby

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.
It did.
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.


Chai Chai said...

I have said it before and I will say it again, you have the most wonderful looking goats!

You want a bottle baby? Maybe they look so good because you spoil them so.

Danni said...

Wow - it's lucky you came home when you did! (congrats, by the way! :-) - I'm so happy for your son and Goldilocks!!)
Glad your little girl took so well to the bottle and you have your bottle baby - everyone's happy! Nuttin' wrong with that. :)

Kathy in KY said...

I love how you talk about the different personalities of your animals. And I'm glad the little one took so well to the bottle, that seems to be more than half the battle when they need to be bottle fed, from what I've heard. And I agree with Chai Chai - you have just beautiful looking goats. Thanks for sharing with us all. Take care, from KY.

@JDHealingTimeOnEarth said...

Glad you caught that in time, Wendy. They all look sweet!

V.L. Locey said...

Lucky you came home when you did! Bottle babies are very affentionate no doubt!

goatgirl said...

Chai Chai, yes I like a bottle baby and when people visit it is fun for them to feed one. She is now my best friend.

Thanks farmgirl, we are happy too. They just got back from Belize and had a wonderful honeymoon. I think you need a cute little bottle baby. I have just the one for you:)

Kathy, I spend a lot of time observing my animals and see they all are so different. Or maybe I just think they are. I do think they are pretty and it is one of the reasons I chose the Nigerians. You never know what color you will get.

Hi Clare, Bunnies are doing great...although shedding like crazy. Need an angora sweater?

Feral, It is amazing how much better the little girl is since she gets her bottle. I love the way she looks at me.