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Orphan... how much to feed???

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Melissa Kepley
Neonate
Username: Makhorseygirl

Post Number: 7
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Sunday, June 03, 2007 - 01:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a week and a half old orphan colt. The first couple days I was letting him nurse from a bottle until the little man was full. He eventually got a tummy ache so my vet said to give him about 8-9 oz every 2 hours. Well ever since he has lost weight and seems to have noooooo energy. How much would you suggest? I even got him a goat to stimulate him a bit but I am sooo worried about his weight! help if you can!
 

Jenny P
Breeding Stock
Username: Varda

Post Number: 267
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 10:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Is he still drinking well Melissa? When we picked up Hope she was two days old and being tube fed. If he's not drinking you might have to try that. The other orphans they had there were not drinking from a bottle. They usually had them start pail feeding after they turned two days old to lessen chances for pneumonia and aspiration. Has the little one had diarrhea or anything like that? Also have read that when feeding orphans you need to keep plenty of fresh water out for them. Also did he receive plenty of the colostrum when he was born?
 

Leonard Kistner
Nursing Foal
Username: Len

Post Number: 18
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 07:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We feed foals Blue seal all Milk replacer, Land o lakes, Buckeye are also good ones. Stay away from Foalac as our vets have said it causes ulsers and foals tend to not like the taste. get the foal to follow your fingers to the milk.Keep the bucket up so the foal has to reach a little. We feed twice a day. Follow directions on the bag. We use one and a half cups to three quaters of a 5gal water bucket.twice a day. The foal will drink when its hungry and you won't have any problems. Good luck
 

Leonard Kistner
Nursing Foal
Username: Len

Post Number: 19
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 08:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This foal should be eating hay and grain. Give a good quality hay,a little alphe would be good along with the hay. We use Buckeye foal starter, but there are others that are good. we feed in the morning so as to have penty in front of the foals all day. free choice. Another thing foals need company. get a companion foal if you can. At a week and a half,give no water. You want the foal to drink milk. After the foal gets older and is drinking the milk good,give the water too. Luck to ya.



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