Ok, found these guys yesterday brushhogging, newborn yesterday!
Mamma abandoned one! It was wobbling around all day today crying and no Mamma in sight so after 6 hours Husband brought him home. Campers and workers said he'd been alone all last evening and all day today so I know she isn't coming back.
So far all I knew to do was wipe his parts and get him "going". Fed him colostrum/milk replacer which I just happened to have on hand for when I used to have goats. Poor thing was "loaded" so I know for sure mamma had left him
, sucking like CRAZY. At first I fed him easily by putting the nipple in his mouth and got him to drink about a fourth of a cup of milk. Then when I got him up and was wiping him he kept trying to nurse but won't take the goat nipple...
Jumped out of the tub to follow me when I walked off so I know we've already bonded. Only had him for 30 so THAT WAS QUICK!
No worries, I've got a huge barn with a foaling room to keep him in when he gets a little stronger, wrapped up nice and snug in a towel in a rubber tub in the house for now. As for when he gets bigger he'll be fine out in the yard and put up at night, we'll see. Hopefully he'll go back into the wild or else we'll have him gelded and he'll pasture with the horses LOL! Gotta get him a bell.
Remember we live Waaayyyyyy out in the boonies.
ANY TIPS? Better nipple to try? Says on the internet a rubber baby nipple works best not silicone. So going to the store soon to get goats milk and try a new nipple. Bummed cause I think/know it's a buck! Hoping I'm wrong!
FYI: I made sure it's ok to raise him, FS said they are loaded
and to either let him die or do it myself. UGH! Hay season.