When do baby goats start eating grass?

Robert Blaylock

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When Do Baby Goats Start Eating Grass?

Baby goats need milk for proper nourishment and fast-paced development and growth. However, they can’t rely on their mother’s milk forever. You must introduce them to grass and other solid feeds at some point, but when is the right time for that? We’ll answer the question in this article.When Do Baby Goats Start Eating Grass?

This article also contains all to know about milk and baby feeds, including the best foods for three-week-old goats, what to give a six-week-old kid, and the importance of milk to baby goats. Let’s dive into action.


When do baby goats start eating grass?

Baby goats can start eating grass in the second or third  week. Give the kids a little quantity of grass, hay, or grainy feeds during this period.Ensure the feeds are in their simplest, chewable form to prevent swallowing /digestion difficulties.

Although baby goat should drink or rely on the mother’s milk (colostrum) immediately they are born to give them needed immunity against disease. Still there is nothing wrong if a baby goat start eating grass and also hay from within days when they are born. But however the amount of grass they will start eating will be small and is going to increase within few weeks.

What we have said so far, is that baby goat should start drinking colostrum from the very first day they are born and this should be so for few more days, then as the goat continues to age or from around 2-3 weeks of age, they are expected to start trying solid food, this could be hay or grass. That doesn’t mean they should stop drinking their mother’s milk, but this should be in addition to their mother’s milk.

When the baby goat gets to; let’s say 6-8 weeks old eventually, they need to eat more of solid food while drinking less and less amount of milk. However as your goat transit from milk to grass and hay, it is very necessary that you make provision for milk and fresh water always available. More also, it won’t be bad if you include nutritional supplements to their meal as suggested by a veterinarian.

This doesn’t mean you should stop giving them milk. Three-week-old baby goats need milk and a small quantity of hay for proper growth.

Is grass good for baby goats?

Yes, grass is a good food source for kids goats or rather baby goat. An important dietary sources for goats (this includes baby goat) is grass and hay. The importance of grass and hay in the growth process of goats can’t be overemphasised. In fact baby goats are known to start nibbling on grass within few days of being born, this shows how important hey and grass are to baby goat although baby goat are largely dependent in their mother’s milk within the the very first few weeks they are born.

As the baby goats grows and as months goes by, the baby goat will naturally transit from a diet that consists of mostly milk to a diet that majorly consist of hay and grass. Always ensure that the grass and hay provided are of high quality. What Will mean here is that goat are sensitive to toxins, so avoid feeding your goat with hay that is not free of mold or other contaminants.

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In addition to grass and hay , baby goats are likely to benefit from other sources of foods like supplementary feeding, this include grain or rather specially formulated feed produced for goat .

Give them grasses, such as millet, Sudan grasses, Bahia grasses, grain grass mixture, clover, and sorghum. They aid digestion in baby goats.

We also recommend hay such as alfalfa because it possesses rich nutrients that can enhance the goat’s development, production, and overall well-being.

However, not all grasses are edible for consumption. Some grasses are poisonous, which will damage their digestive system.

Plants like azaleas, Rhododendrons, and moldy grains are unsafe for baby goats. They shouldn’t be seen near them.

Do baby goats need hay?

Yes, baby goats need hay. Hay contains sufficient fibrous materials that will quicken the rumen’s development in the baby.

Just as you know, hay is a good source of fiber,and fiber is very good for the digestive system of goats. This is the very reason you should make hay, not just hay but high-quality hay available to your baby goats.

It is important to note that while hay is important to baby goat, it shouldn’t be the sole component of the baby goat diet, there should be a mix (grain, supplementary feed, fresh water) because the baby goat still requires a balanced diet to be able to maintain good health.

Goats love hay due to its delicious taste and nutrients. However, ensure you don’t give your goats excessive hay that could affect them.

Can baby goats eat too much hay?

No, too much hay isn’t good for baby goats. As mentioned earlier, the diet shouldn’t contain excessive hay that could impact their health negatively.

It shouldn’t exceed 10 to 15% of the baby goat’s diet. Anything more than that rate can be harmful to their health and growth.

Hay, especially alfalfa, contains calcium which could lead to urinary calculi formation when it’s too much in the goat’s system.

What do you feed a 3-week-old goat?

You can give three-week-old goats hay in a small quantity and natural milk or the ones you purchased from the store.

As pointed out already, weaning should be a gradual process. Give three-week-old baby goats 1L (or 4-6 Oz) of milk twice a day. Give them 0.5l of milk and water in the afternoon. Meanwhile, gradually add grass, hay, and other simple feeds to their diet.

What Do 4 Week Old Goats Eat?

Everything edible for three-week-old baby goats is good for four-week-old baby goats. Give them hay (alfalfa), 1L of milk twice a day, and water. Add some grains to their diet as part of the weaning process.

Chew or grind the grains to tiny sizes before giving the goats to aid easy consumption and digestion.

What do you feed a six-week-old goat?

Six weeks old goats shouldn’t have trouble consuming hay, grains, and some solid food if you have been giving them since the third week.

Nonetheless, you still need to give them 1L of milk once a day. Give them a small quantity of hay, grains, corn, oats, and barley in chewable form.

How long do baby goats need milk?

Some people weaned baby goats after one month of birth when the doe stopped breastfeeding their kids.

It’s not advisable to wean a four-week-old baby goat as it could affect its growth.

Baby goats need milk for six or eight weeks for speedy growth and good health.

Add milk, grains, Hays, fresh water, and all the needed supplements to the feed you give to three-week-old or six-week baby goats.

What can baby goats chew on?

Your baby goats can chew high-quality hay and grains once they clock four weeks or more.

The baby goat can chew on all the feeds highlighted above as they provide the necessary nutrients for rapid growth.

How do I know if my baby goat is eating?

It’s easy to know if your baby goat is eating if you keep close tabs on it. Breastfeeding isn’t a secretive activity; you can always see when the baby goat sucks the mother’s milk.

Checking the baby’s health and physical appearance is another way to determine if the baby goat is eating enough food.

Starving baby goats will look slim, weak, and malnourished. Though other issues could trigger these signs, insufficient and poor dieting are the primary cause.

Get a sterilized bottle with a goat-like tit cover, and purchase milk from a nearby store. Feed the baby goat the milk in the bottle if the mother isn’t ready to breastfeed the kid.

Mature goats will always chew their mouth while eating. You will know if they are eating when you pay close attention to them.

Another way to know if your mature goat is eating includes checking the feed quantity. Your goat isn’t eating if the quantity remains unchanged for one or more hours.

Most goats don’t eat in their heat period; some don’t eat when they’re full, while others are tired of eating the one feed over time. Sickness is another factor.

Hence, consult your vet if your baby or mature goats don’t eat much feed to know the problem and the solution.

Meanwhile, mix grain, pelleted food, and molasses and see if the sweetness will capture and enhance their appetite.

Do baby goats eat at night?

Yes, baby goats eat at night. Baby goats below two months eat at night to remain in healthy shape. Their mother will breastfeed them at night so they can retain energy and maintain steady growth.

However, mature goats don’t eat at night unless they are the glutinous type.

What happens if you overfeed a baby goat?

Overfeeding a baby goat could lead to bloating, diarrhea, and scours. Too much grain in the goat’s system will result in malfunctioning gut, acidosis, dehydration, and death.

Your baby goat will wag its tail when it’s okay. Hence, look out for a wagging tail when feeding your baby goats.

What is the best feed for baby goats?

Milk is the first and best food for baby goats. Give them at least 4 Oz of milk four times daily throughout the first week.

Hay or pasture is also good for their health as it guarantees fast growth and good health. It also promotes good health as it stimulates the development of the rumen’s epithelial lining.

Other feeds suitable for baby goats include millet, Sudan grasses, Bahia grasses, grain grass mixture, clover, and sorghum.

Importance Of milk to baby goats

The baby goats must take the mother’s first milk (colostrum) within the first 24 hours after birth. The colostrum contains a high amount of antibodies that would fight germs and diseases.

You must give the baby goat milk four times daily throughout the first week; and twice daily from the fourth week to enhance its growth and development.

The milk won’t only boost the growth but also provides the natural strength and ruggedness goats are known for.

Get colostrum from a nearby store, put it in the refrigerator and give it to the baby goats if the mother won’t breastfeed the baby for that long.

Put the colostrum in a sterilized bottle before giving it to the baby goat to protect your doe’s health.

Meanwhile, you should compliment the milk with hay, grasses, and other simple feeds from the third week.

The gradual transition from milk to solid food prevents bloating and other digestion issues.





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