About 7 years ago I started with my own bottle babies..
It was Bonnie's grandma And her sister..
My mom had started with a Nubian Doeling and Boer Buckling From the Salebarn..
About 2 year's before and they survived our Poor attempts at goat keeping.
Our Ethel is granddaughter to those first 2 goaties!
I had been helping her with her goats all this time and getting ready for my own.
I had settled on Nubians..
And in exchange for bottle feeding some of her babies
and for my birthday she gave me twin Nubian doelings.
One looked a lot like Ms. Bonnie here in the pic..
Who is my current bottle baby of course!
Bottle babies are Very hard to get Good pictures of....
Because they want to be close....
She only fits about half way in my lap now...
But she will be there if I sit down...
And is Quite comfortable there..
"Hey Come back and sit down!! I was comfy!"
I am considering again this year bottle feeding all babies. Its easier to sell babies that I dont intend to keep Especially does and intact bucks. And its easier to wean so you don't have to separate from mom and fight both parties trying to keep them separate just to milk when babies are almost as big as Mom..... Certain ones in my herd are easier to pull babies and milk.. They do very well as a milker and are good moms just seem rather relieved they don't have a kid to tend too.. Others are such good moms that I wouldn't want them to be denied motherhood.. They do so well with kids.... I will most likely make an individual decision based on the doe, How many kids and whether there are any complications with mom or babies... Can't wait for babies.... But I can wait for winter Thankfully we have Autumn First!....
5 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. Psalms 36:5-7