Keys to success are regular feedings,
sanitation and prompt attention to any
digestive problems. Avoid rapid changes in
diet and environmental conditions.
For the first few weeks, keep the baby in a
quiet, small area to avoid stress or injury;
and keep the bedding clean and dry.
This baby has been raised to date on
Unimilk Milk Replacer by MannaPro. To mix
the milk, use 1 cup of powder to 20 ounces
lukewarm water. (This is a little weaker than
the label instructions and is very important if
you want to prevent diarrhea.) If you need to
switch brands, do so gradually.
The special nipple that you have been
provided is the best for bottlefeeding fawns,
lambs and kids. It has a small metal bearing
inside the nipple, so do not put it in the
microwave! After each feeding, rinse the
bottle and nipple thoroughly with warm,
Remember that "less is more" when
bottlefeeding. It doesn't hurt to leave the
baby slightly hungry. Don't hold the bottle
over the baby's head when feeding, as milk
could enter the lungs. Hold the bottle so that
the baby's eyes and nose are level to each
|Bottle Feeding Baby Animals
| FEEDING SCHEDULE
AGE Number of AMOUNT AT TOTAL
AMT. FEEDINGS/DAY EACH FEEDING PER
1 to 3 days 4 2-3 ounces 8-12 ounces
Up to 1 wk 3 7-8 ounces 21-24 ounces
Up to 2 wks 3 8-9 ounces 24-27 ounces
Up to 4 wks 3 10 ounces 30 ounces
Up to 8 wks 2 12 ounces 24 ounces
after 8 weeks* 1 16 ounces 16 ounces
SUGGESTED TIMES TO FEED
1 to 3 days: 7:00 a.m., noon, 5:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
4 days to 4 weeks: 7:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
5 weeks to 8 weeks: 7:00 a.m., 7:00 p.m.
after 8 weeks: 1:00 p.m., begin watering down till fawn is
drinking straight water.
BOWEL MOVEMENTS: Your baby has been having one- to two
bowel movements per day. It is important to watch this, to be sure
you catch any digestive problems if/when they first occur. You can
stimulate the baby to cause it to urinate and defecate; wipe the
anal area with a warm, wet cloth after feeding. Ordinarily,
however, the baby will urinate and defecate on its own, often
doing it while you're feeding it. At the first noticeable change in
bowel movements such as looseness or diarrhea, it is important to
1) Cut milk feeding in half and replace with water (same volume of
liquid, but half as rich). If the problem is caused by over-feeding
or a digestive upset, this should take care of it; if not--
2) Give 1 to 2 tablespoons of Pepto Bismol every 2 hours
between feedings. If this doesn't take care of the problem --
3) Replace feeding entirely with an oral electrolyte such as
Pedialyte. Usually, Pedialyte with Pepto Bismol given between
feedings will bring quick relief.
If diarrhea continues 24 hours after these treatments, you should
contact your veterinarian. If the treatments worked and you are
getting solid stools again, gradually go back to milk feeding.
Encourage the baby to eat solids as soon
as possible. Offer a small amount of grain,
hay and water at about 2 weeks of age.