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I have a buck that started with diarrhea today.  I was wondering if a change in weather could cause a almost 3 month old to start with diarrhea.  The temperature went from being in the 50's to being 75 degrees today.  I am also weaning him from the bottle.  I have cut him down to one feeding and he is getting approximately 10 oz at night.  I was going to cut him back to  6 oz today but decided against this because I did not want him to dehydrate.  I have two bucks together, the other is 4 months old and I feed approx 4 cups of grain daily(Medicated) and hay.  Yesterday, I did not know that my son fed the goats and there was no grain so I fed again.  Up until this point, I have never had this problem.  Any suggestions??

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I would wager that it's not the weather, but the fact that he got a "double" dose of grain.

 

I agree with Rachel. I'd wait 24 hours and see what happens. Four cups of grain is a lot for two bucklings -- eight cups of grain could definitely be a problem.
should I remove grain and only feed hay?? should I give any baking soda or something?  I ended up feeding approx 6 cups instead of 4.  I thought that grain and hay should be free choice at this age??
Only hay and grass are free choice. Grain is never free choice with ruminants. I know someone who lost a kid to enterotoxemia because she was letting it have grain free choice. A cup a day is more than enough for a growing kid. Half a cup a day is enough for a wether. Baking soda should always be available free choice when feeding grain.

Sharon Barreira said:
should I remove grain and only feed hay?? should I give any baking soda or something?  I ended up feeding approx 6 cups instead of 4.  I thought that grain and hay should be free choice at this age??
Thanks,  I will cut them down tomorrow.  Do you think it is also ok to cut back on the bottle feeding amount also now?
I'd wait to cut down on the milk until the diarrhea is gone.

Sharon Barreira said:
Thanks,  I will cut them down tomorrow.  Do you think it is also ok to cut back on the bottle feeding amount also now?
The male is doing a bit better today.  I took the grain away till this evening a gave a small amount because it is in with another male.  Gave them plenty of hay today and put out baking soda.  Hopefully all is well tomorrow. Thanks.
YAY!!
He seems to be almost back to normal.  I would like to thank everyone for all the help. I appreciate it.

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