Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April Topic: A (Poorly) Illustrated Guide to Baby Goat Poop

Meconium: Black, tarry poops - Usually seen between 0 and 48 hours old. Totally normal. This is the first poops baby goats will have. They are extremely sticky and get all over everything. They are (mercifully) odorless.  


 
  Yellow, watery scours - Usually seen between 1 and 14 days old. Not normal. Watery diarrhea is caused by too much milk per feeding or milk replacer. To cure, lower the amount of milk per feeding until the scours stop. Or change the type of milk replacer. Baby goats do best on replacer made for goats, not "all stock" or cow replacer. NO medication necessary. 


 
Yellow, pudding poops - Usually seen between 1 and 14 days old. Totally normal. Since young babies are on a diet of pure milk, their poops will be yellow in color and the consistency of thick pudding. Be sure to clean the anal area of dried poop so not to cause blockage. This stuff is very sticky and smells like soured milk (probably because it is soured milk!).


No poop - Occurs at 1-14 days old but can happen anytime. Very common, but not normal. Since the first poops are very sticky, they can clog up the works and cause constipation. The best treatment is to give a warm water enema of 1 oz warm water and 1 tsp mineral oil. Put in a large syringe with no needle. Insert into anus and slowly push the plunger. You should see pooping within 15 minutes. Repeat enema as necessary. DO NOT give laxatives!

  
Yellow, grape clusters - Usually seen at 10-20 days old. Very normal. The pudding poops turn slowly into yellow berries as the baby's digestive system matures. They may be brownish as the kid starts eating grain and hay.


Smelly, green diarrhea - Occurs at 21 -30 days old. Very common, but not normal! This is the major symptom of coccidiosis infection. Coccidiosis is caused by a single-celled internal parasite that is not a worm and it is not killed by deworming medicines. You must treat immediately and aggressively with Sulmet, Di-Methox or Corid. These are sulfa-based antibiotics that will kill coccidia parasites. Kids can die quickly from coccidiosis infection and even if they don't die, they can be stunted for life due to the damage caused to their intestinal lining. The best treatment is to treat kids preventatively for coccidiosis by giving them a sulfa-based antibiotic at exactly 21 days old. Coccidia have a 21 day life cycle and killing them before they mature and cause massive damage is essential.

Smelly, green scours - Usually follows the green diarrhea of coccidiosis but can occur alone. Not normal. EXTREMELY FATAL. Very watery, very smelly greenish or brownish scours signals massive digestive system damage. Enterotoxemia is a likely cause. Enterotoxemia is caused by a bacterium called Clostridium perfingens. C. perfingens is found in the soil and does not normally colonize the digestive system of a healthy goat. If the kid is already sick from coccidiosis or bloat, enterotoxemia can occur due to C. perfingens taking advantage of an unhealthy rumen. The best treatment is large doses of CD Antitoxin, orally. This will help to neutralize the toxins produced by the bacteria. Give 10 - 20 cc orally every 4 hours until the kid improves. Vaccinating your pregnant goats with CDT toxoid at 4 weeks before kidding and vaccinating kids at 4 weeks old can help build immunity to enterotoxemia.

Brown berries - Usually seen at 2-4 weeks old or older. Normal. Yay! You made it! Miniature brown berries are the endpoint of a long road to adult goat pooping.

41 comments:

  1. We're getting goats in the Spring. I appreciate the info!

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  2. Very helpful. We are 3 days old an momma passed away so they are getting bottle milk. We are at the pudding stage and it scared me. I'm good now

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  3. My boys are 3 weeks old and I have introduced them to grain as of wendsday, and hay as of last week. They are acting normal and eating and drinking normally. But as of this morning I noticed that their poop was green and soft. I wouldn't call it diarrhea but it was brown pellets. As of now I am assuming it is just from a change in their food (grain&hay are green=green poop, soft due to adjusting to new food) Is this normal or should I be concerned?

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    1. Sounds normal for a feed change like that. I would only get concerned if it was green and very liquidy.

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  4. Honestly some of the best information I've gotten yet!

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  5. Great info and love the pictures.

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  6. Thank you for this! My 5 day old kid who is bottle fed since birth is having the second picture problem. Got scared. Now I know I'm just over feeding him. Usually is by demand and not too often but I guess it has been. We have been milking the mom and feeding the kid... we Will correct. Thank you

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    1. Hey there how is your baby doing since you corrected? How did you correct? I have a four day old and I think I overfed her between yesterday and this morning and she had watery this morning but now back to pudding consistency. I am going to cut back as well, but looking at other articles (until I found this one) everyone has been saying they need electrolyte treatment and so on. Did cutting back help your kid? Hope to hear from you!

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    2. Per a goat vet. Baby goats should be fed 3-4 ozs per every 5lbs of body weight.
      0-3 weeks at every 4 hours.
      3-6 weeks at every 6 hours.
      6-8 or 12 weeks at every 8 hours.
      12-14 or 16 weeks every 12 hours then taper down to once a day and then none. Of course depending on your goat, the time between feedings and amount can vary, but these are the general guidelines. Hope this helps! (Info cited from Goat Vet Corner, page from face book) All vets who contribute to the page have been "vetted" to insure that all have legitimate degrees.

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  7. I have a 1 week old baby that is being fed by her mom but I've noticed she is crying when she poops and is pooping white chunks that smells like soured milk. Why and how do we fix it?

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  8. Seriously the best info on goat poop! Thank you!

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  9. Great info. So helpful!! And I seriously LOVED the illustrations and sense of humor!

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  10. My baby boy goat is almost 2 months old. He nibbles on grain. His poop was black and a little runny. He has been acting normal. Help?!

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    1. I have the same problem. I have never seen this in my goats before. She was wormed at 1 month old she is 6 weeks old. She is acting normal and nibbles. I gave her 3cc (from the vet) it's like humans take for diarrhea. it is black and runny. I will check her tomorrow and may re-worm her again. 2cc of Valbrazen. She is eating dry grassy hay. On Pasture grass also. She is with her mama yet. The grain I give them everyday is made by a goat nutritionist and has in the grain for Coccidiosis.

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  11. Have a 20hrs old baby goat. Just finished passing the black poop and now the yellow mucus like poop now. The poop is kinda much but seem to be standing up once a while to suckle from mama. Should I be worried?

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  12. Very helpful. First time bottle baby feeder.

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  13. Have a baby female goat bottle baby. She seems to be in great condition however she has a bloody discharge, not continuous but can see several spots on pee pads. Any thoughts

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  14. Thanks for your informative post.its helpful to understand it.keep blogging.Baby Feeding

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  16. So if it has gone from a bright yellow to a light brown suggestions I'm doing Pedialyte with no milk but adding acidophilus to it

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  17. have a femal goat bottle baby she seems to be in good condition however she is having green poops is it normal or not plz reply

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  18. Great info. I gave you credit with a link to your page on my farm site. Love the illustrations, lol!

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  19. Thanks for sharing such beautiful information with us. I hope you will share some more information about constipation. Please keep sharing.
    Health Is A Life

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  20. My goat is 2 weeks and still pooping the yellow pudding stage. Is that normal? He is still on milk only with the occasional nibles on grass and hay.

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  21. my goat is 4 days and pooping yellow grape stage is this okay?

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  22. It is a very informative and useful post thanks it is good material to read this post increases my knowledge. Green discharge

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  25. Hey, I just wanted to drop a line as a 2020/2021 first time bottle baby parent. Your page is still helping people, myself especially. My poor little 1 1/2 week old had some extra soft/liquidy yellow pudding today and was lethargic. I’m pretty sure we wore him out playing yesterday and just over-exerted him. He wouldn’t eat until after about 12 hours of solid rest but OH BOY did he bounce back. Crazy hungry and normal yellow poo, energy out the wazzoo. He tackled a stack of pillows on the floor and learned how to jump even higher so he’s doing a-okay. But your page really helped during my freak out earlier in the day when he had the liquidy pudding, lethargy, and lack of appetite. And I’m also going to go ahead and make sure that I have the cocci treatment ready to go at day 21 instead of waiting for symptoms of it. Thanks for the info, it’s really great. My little guy and I appreciate it!

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  26. My little buckling is 3 weeks old, and is having dark brown pudding poops. Not smelly, not foul, just mushy-sticky. Is this normal? We got him as a week old bottle baby and grafted him onto our doe in milk, and supplement with replacer if it seems he's still hungry after nursing. As the doe accepted him, we backed off the supplementing. Any guidance would be welcome and appreciated.

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