Bottle Feeding baby pygmy's... ready to cry!
We just got two baby pygmy goats yesterday morning and I cannot get them to take a bottle. One is about three weeks and will drink from a bowl so that we can work with. The other is younger, around 2 weeks and like her friend, even when I force the nipple in her mouth she will at most get down an ounce and that is it. The entire time she will chew, buck her head, even let out cries. I tried whole cow's milk with light kayro (3 tablespoons per gallon).........called the people we got them from and she insisted that I should be using a replacer or canned goats milk so I sent the hubby to the store. Got home, tried the canned goats milk, same thing. The man's wife really made me feel as if I were doing something wrong and I could lose the little one, I could just cry. I have watched countless videos and read so many web sites I can't see straight. All say I may have to fight with them for a few days but WHY do they not want the milk? You would think once I force the nipple in they would at least suck or act as if they want the milk rather than buck like a wild horse! The breeder recommended a regular baby bottle. When that wasn't working I thought maybe a pritchard teat... same thing, they hated it too. Neither want to lick the nipple, even with milk dripping slowly from it. I have tried syrup on the nipple, no dice. Please tell me what I am doing wrong. I feel like I'm trying to wrestle little steers!