Baby Goats! You can call a baby goat a kid! Just like you!
A baby newborn goat is called a kid! Kind of like you! The mother goat is called a doe or a nanny while the father goat is called a billy or a buck. It’s not strange to find a goat with twin kids or even triplets! How would you feel if you had a twin brother or sister… or two! Goats that get together in a group are called a herd or a tribe. It is through this tribe that kids enjoy protection from the mother goat and the other older, more responsible goats. Goats are very vocal and like to call for each other when they need help or just want to play!
After spending about 5 months in their mother’s womb, the mommy goat will give birth to the baby goat (kid). Just minutes after being born, goats are able to rise off the ground and try taking some baby steps. They’ll even begin to experiment with their voice and see just how vocal they can be. Like other mammals they like to drink their mother’s milk. They will drink from their mother until they are old enough to start tasting some yummy grasses.
Goat kids are fully developed when they are born and can make noises to communicate with their mothers. Seeing them walk just after birth is a funny sight to see as they are just finding their footing and learning to keep their balance!
But don’t worry, after just a few days they are playful and jumpy just like other young ones and you and I. They will run super fast through the fields chasing after each other and the mommy goat as they play and frolic. Think about how you like to play and run around on a playground! Some people have even taught goats how to run with a football!
Baby Goat Care – Caring for kids
If you want to keep a cow or a baby calf as a pet, there are a few things you need to know! A cow can live anywhere from 18-22 years in captivity when cared for throughout their life. This means that you will have your baby cow long after they grow big and become an adult cow! An adult cow can consume anywhere from 10-20 gallons of water a day. This is a lot of water! Make sure they always have access to fresh water so they can stay healthy and hydrated. Cows also like really salty foods! Although instead of feeding them salty foods, just make sure they have access to a salt lick. This can be purchased online or at a regular farm supply store. For regular day to day food, invest in a good cow feed. This can also be bought at a local farm supply store.
If you don’t have a lot of grassland where you live, you should probably not have a cow as a pet. They need a lot of room to roam and explore while they graze. The smallest amount of property recommended for keeping a cow is half an acre. Cows are much bigger than they look, even when they are still babies! Always practice safety when working with cows to ensure they and you stay safe.
Cows like to spend a lot of time outdoor grazing, but also need a good indoor shelter for nights and during cold or bad weather. A barn is ideal, but not always possible. The shelter should be waterproof and free from winds or strong drafts.
Have a local vet on call who is familiar with cows, and always have them screened about every six months. Pay extra close attention to their feet!
Goat Facts – Facts About Baby Goats / Kids
- Cows have 32 teeth
- Dairy cows provide 90% of the world’s dairy supply
- The first cow to come to America arrived in 1611
- Until the 1850s, almost every family in America had their own cow!
- Cows cannot vomit
- Like people, cows are pregnant for 9 months with their young
- A cow can smell something up to 6 miles away!
- Cows produce up to 125 pounds of saliva each day.