The human said she was really starting to regret bringing us home because she couldn't get us to eat. She tried using a bottle, but she had no luck. Her mom had no luck. Her sister had no luck. She thought we were going to starve to death. Then she tried a bowl. We were bowl babies, not bottle babies! From then on, she'd mix up bowls and we'd dive in.
Maddie never did get to be a good eater, and after a couple of days, she had blood in her stool. She said the vet was not very friendly when she called them. They said that coccidiosis was often a management problem. She said they were more understanding when she told them we didn't get it from her kitchen floor. The next day Meg had blood in her stool. Then we all got medicine for coccidiosis. Minnie, Cutie, Meg and I all got better quickly.
Maddie (in the picture) got very very sick. The human made a gruel out of milk replacer and goat chow and used a baby spoon to feed her. Still she got worse. She developed polio, which can kill a goat. It's a thiamin deficiency. She had to go to the vets and she was tubed (fluids put directly into a tube to her stomach). She got many, many shots of thiamin and antibiotics. The human even took her to work with her because she was so sick. She did finally recover. Later, Maddie always told us that's why she was so smart: she got to go to school.
That's Maddie in the back. I'm on top dangling over Cutie! Then Meg, and you can just see a bit of Minnie. We had a lot of fun bouncing on the boy!
Let's see. I already told you about the frostbite on the ears and the infection in the ear tags. That's why they cut them out of our ears. They cut the tags, not our ears. Meg also had treatments for an eye infection. See the picture below. No tags by this time. We were all growing.
That's Minnie in the back left. You can see my short ear, but I was sleeping very soundly. Meg is in the middle. Maddie is in front, and Cutie is in the back. We always liked to curl up together to sleep in front of the door.