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Goats won't eat minerals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 27. 14 Replies

How would you handle goats that refuse minerals?  Even my two Icelandic lambs, who live with my does, are refusing them.  I started using Crystal Creek (available at my feed store) but they won't…Continue

Smart questions when buying a milking doe

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

       I am trying to buy a few does to milk for my family this year.  Ideally I am looking for a buckling from the same herd that is unrelated to the does so I can keep having milk year to year. …Continue

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"I'm glad you understand that I'm not anti-organic. :) You mentioned having salt separately. If you do, that could be your problem right there. You should never have a plain salt available when you are using salt as a carrier in your…"
Mar 27
Sparrow replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"I agree that there are times for unconventional means of treatment.  I didn't make my son go through surgery without anesthesia because it isn't organic, so likewise, when my new lambs had bottle jaw and anemia the day after I got…"
Mar 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"If you have read anything that I've written I'm surprised you would think that I'm against organic. I just said that the only reason my goats are not on organic grain is because they were dying and not getting pregnant when I tried to…"
Mar 24
Sparrow replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"I do appreciate your knowledge and questions, Deborah.  I guess I was getting nervous this would turn into an organic vs. non...I don't really know it all, no one can, and don't want to get side tracked, or more so, offend…"
Mar 24
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"Gotcha. I never thought much about whether a loose mineral mix was organic or not, since it literally just looks like a bunch of ground up rocks. You're right though, my label shows corn gluten feed and soybean meal in it."
Mar 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"You can't just make goats consume minerals. I have never in 17 years heard of goats that would not consume minerals for no reason. I am trying to figure out the reason, and sometimes that takes a lot of questions and answers back and forth.…"
Mar 24
Sparrow replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"Crystal Creek copper is 1,200 Cu min, and the Selenium is 27 ppm. Respectfully, I really just wondered how to get the animals to consume minerals.  I am using the same brands as other people around here, who are not having problems with organic…"
Mar 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"How much copper and selenium are in the Crystal Creek minerals? As for chelated minerals ... I contacted the animal science professor who has done research on copper requirements of goats, and I asked him if it was true that goats need less of…"
Mar 23
Sparrow replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"Our local feed store mineral is Manna Pro.  It has molasses, which I am trying to avoid.  But also one of the top ingredients is corn as a carrier, which I would make a high bet is GMO.  The above brands I have tried are all…"
Mar 22
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"Wow, so much to know. No, I don't use Sweetlix though I did try it once--I get mine from a local feed store and it seems to do well. It's not sweetened but the goats go right for it when we put a fresh scoop out (morning and…"
Mar 22
Sparrow replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"I watched your video on goats from the Home Grown Food Summit yesterday...it was fantastic!  And naturally I have read your book and it was equally fantastic :) Crystal Creek is the brand that my local organic grain producer sells. …"
Mar 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"I am actually thinking that the goats might not be consuming the minerals because there is too much salt. I just googled Crystal Creek Goat minerals, and their website does not have any nutritional information, which makes me highly suspicious. Salt…"
Mar 21
Sparrow replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"Two of the minerals do have salt in them.  The company for the minerals without salt advised to add salt in to encourage the goats to eat them, but the goats didn't care.  I was advised to remove the kelp so there wasn't…"
Mar 20
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"From what I gather, the loose minerals that I buy are enticing to the goats because there's salt in them. Do the mineral blends you've mentioned have salt? (I imagine your acquaintance told you to take away the kelp because it provides…"
Mar 19
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Goats won't eat minerals

How would you handle goats that refuse minerals?  Even my two Icelandic lambs, who live with my does, are refusing them.  I started using Crystal Creek (available at my feed store) but they won't touch it.  Not the does, not the lambs, not the wethers (who are housed separately, so they can't be copying the girls).  I then tried Back in Balance (which costs more) as the breeders I have talked to say it's the best.  Nope.  I then, out of desperation, tried the cafeteria style minerals so they…See More
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