What to feed:
The best thing to feed goat kids is goat milk. We keep several Nubian does in our herd mainly to provide milk for any bottle kids. It is much more effective in growth and production. There is also a strong market for dairy/cross does. It is also more cost efficient than the powdered milk replacement. If you must use powdered milk replacer, choose a product based on milk protein and designed specifically for feeding goat kids.
Frequency: Dairy kids;
Frequent small feedings are better for kids. Day 1-2: the kids should get 4 to 8 ounces of clostrum every four hours. Day 3: a ratio of 50-50 clostrum and goat milk, every four hours. Day 4 until weaning: 8 to 10 ounces, three to four times a day. Dairy kids can be weaned at eight weeks; I prefer twelve weeks.
After kids are weaned you can milk dairy doe for five to six months saving the milk for future use. Our dairy kids are bottle feed on pasteurized milk as well as our boer and boer/cross bottle kids.
Frequency: Boer and Boer/cross kids;
Day 1-2: kids get 4 to 8 ounces every four hours. Day 3: a ratio of 50-50 clostrum and goat milk every four hours.
Day 3-21: 8 to 10 ounces every four hours. Day 22-35: 16 to 20 ounces three times a day. 10 weeks old: 16 to 20 ounces twice a day.
12 weeks old: 8 ounces twice a day. 14 weeks old, wean kids.
To pasteurize goat milk, heat the milk to 165 degrees for 15 seconds