Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Jabe Thomas
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Whole vs. Rolled Oats

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jabe Thomas on Thursday. 2 Replies

Any preference between whole and rolled oats as part of a grain mix for does? It seems the internet has mixed views. Go figure. If anyone has an opinion, I'd love to hear it.Continue

Penning pregnant does together

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 20. 1 Reply

Is it OK to pen two pregnant does together who are going to be kidding close to the same time? The pen is plenty big enough for two does. I suppose I could split it, but would rather not. Thanks in…Continue

Bottle Baby Routines

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Garwood Mar 11. 2 Replies

Hello: Looking for some of you to share your bottle baby routines/processes... like:1. what do you use as milk replacer2. how often, and how much should the baby be fed2. can the bottle baby be kept…Continue

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Zinc Deficiency in my Buck

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jan 30. 3 Replies

Recently, I've noticed my buck seems to have real dry, flaky skin (especially along his top line), and some balding on the top of his head. Kind of tell tale signs of a zinc deficiency. I'm thinking…Continue

Tags: health, buck, deficiency, zinc

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Jabe Thomas replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Whole vs. Rolled Oats
"Deborah: Thanks for the advice. I'm not necessarily wanting to mix my own grain, just "top dress" it a little, I guess. I've begun using Chaffhaye... mixing it with DuMor Sweet Feed. I also add about 1/2 cup to a cup of the Mana…"
Thursday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Whole vs. Rolled Oats
"If you're talking about mixing your own grain, I don't recommend it. It's much more complicated to feed goats than cattle or horses. We tried mixing our own using organic grain and Fertrell's goat feed additive, and the results…"
Mar 27
Jabe Thomas posted a discussion

Whole vs. Rolled Oats

Any preference between whole and rolled oats as part of a grain mix for does? It seems the internet has mixed views. Go figure. If anyone has an opinion, I'd love to hear it.See More
Mar 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Penning pregnant does together
"Yes, that's fine. When we had our first three does, all due within a week of each other, we had them in a stall together, and it worked fine. Since goats are herd animals, they'd be freaked out if you separated them."
Mar 20
Jabe Thomas posted a discussion

Penning pregnant does together

Is it OK to pen two pregnant does together who are going to be kidding close to the same time? The pen is plenty big enough for two does. I suppose I could split it, but would rather not. Thanks in advance.
Mar 19
Michael Garwood replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Bottle Baby Routines
"We have now bottle raised eleven kids. This was necessary because the kids were the result of embryo transfers and we didn't want the "wild" surrogates to raise the kids. What we did required us to be VERY observant so as to be able…"
Mar 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Bottle Baby Routines
"Goat milk is best. Beyond that, you'll hear people argue all day long about what to feed. We've used milk replacer, and we've used whole milk from the store, and we had equally OK results with both. Without mom's antibodies in…"
Mar 10
Jabe Thomas posted a discussion

Bottle Baby Routines

Hello: Looking for some of you to share your bottle baby routines/processes... like:1. what do you use as milk replacer2. how often, and how much should the baby be fed2. can the bottle baby be kept with the others, or must it be kept separate and what does your experience look like3. how long does a bottle baby need to be fed and looked afterThanks a bunch!See More
Mar 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Zinc Deficiency in my Buck
"If it was only a 2 gram bolus, then yes, you can safely give him another copper bolus now, especially with that reddish coat. My goats get 4 grams of copper about every 4 months because we have a lot of sulfur and iron in our well water. Hair loss…"
Jan 30
Jabe Thomas replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Zinc Deficiency in my Buck
"Thanks Deborah. I have not seen any foaming at the mouth, so that's good... and tell's me that zinc deficiency possiblyisn't the problem. I purchased some timothy pellets, and have been giving him a mix of that and BOSS in the…"
Jan 28
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Zinc Deficiency in my Buck
"Balding on the top of the head is pretty common for bucks. It's from butting heads and/or rubbing the top of their head on things like fence posts or trees to get their scent on it. When I've seen zinc deficiency in my bucks, it's…"
Jan 25
Jabe Thomas posted a discussion

Zinc Deficiency in my Buck

Recently, I've noticed my buck seems to have real dry, flaky skin (especially along his top line), and some balding on the top of his head. Kind of tell tale signs of a zinc deficiency. I'm thinking it's possibly due to too much calcium in his diet. I've recently (about a week ago) switched from alfalfa hay to a real nice 50/50 blend of alfalfa and tall fescue grass (cannot find all grass hay). He has free choice Sweetlix Meat Maker mineral and baking soda. Should I switch him to the…See More
Jan 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Sweetlix Mineral
"If you have been feeding this for five years and had no problems, then you're doing great! That's why I emphasized alfalfa ONLY. If goats are on pasture and eating other stuff, or if there is grass in their hay, then that's not 100%…"
Jan 9
Jabe Thomas replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Sweetlix Mineral
"Thanks for the help Deborah. Great info. Indeed, we do feed our does alfalfa hay. It's not 100% alfalfa, but it's good quality stuff. Should I be concerned about too much calcium in our does if we are giving the Meat Maker?"
Jan 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Sweetlix Mineral
"The big difference between the Meat Maker and the Dairy is the amount of calcium. They assume that your does are confined and that you're feeding 100% alfalfa to dairy does, so Magnum Milk actually has less calcium in it. The calcium to…"
Jan 8
Jabe Thomas posted a discussion

Sweetlix Mineral

I have been giving Sweetlix Meat Maker to our does for about five years now. Shame on me, but I just recently discovered a Sweetlix mineral designed specifically for dairy goats. In doing a little research, some still prefer the Meat Maker even for their does. My local co-op sells both, so my question is:1. For those out there that use Sweetlix, or are familiar with it, what do you recommend for does?2. How about for bucks? The Meat Maker or the Sweetlix designed for dairy?See More
Jan 8

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