"Actually, especially for your doelings, they need the calcium in the alfalfa to meet the demands of their fast growing bones. I keep my doelings on alfalfa pellets and grain, as well as grass hay ad lib, and loose goat minerals/baking soda available…"
What state are you in? If you are still experiencing winter weather, it is less likely that you have an intestinal parasite issue. Most intestinal parasites need warm (typically above 60 degrees) moist conditions to hatch out in a…"
"It sounds like they may have 'hay belly' =) Are they looking like this all the time? Do they go outside the barn at all? Any diarrhea? At what age were they weaned? Could you post some pictures?
They certainly can get…"
"Oh wow! That is SUPER tiny! I had a 1 pounder a couple years ago. She literally fit in my outstretched hand. I fed her around the clock every 2-3 hours with a syringe for about 3 or 4 days until she was strong enough to actually suckle. My concern…"
"I had a situation recently where my boys were consuming minerals like gang busters all of the sudden and it made me super nervous as well. It seemed that they were in need of something that wasn't available after the pastures died off for the…"
"I'm so glad that things are turning around for you Maggie! Congrats on the quads! Be sure to keep an eye on how much they are gaining. NDs should gain about 4 oz per day. I've had them start out just a little short on that number but then…"
"Learning about the proper care of goats is an entire journey!-LOL-it seems like I learn something new every day! It is complex because there are so many factors that impact their care specific to where you live, do they browse or graze, are they on…"
Your vet has good reason for concern on the stones because they are the ones that get called for the emergencies and know how awful they are! I don't worry too much until they reach 5-6 months of age, which is when I pretty much have…"
"Hi Ann- what kind of hay are they getting?
A large handful of grain twice a day doesn't seem like too much. I am currently feeding my growing kids around 1.5% of their body weight in grain daily. Which is about 1# of feed per 7 kids twice a…"
"Wow- uterine infection- did she have any signs of an infection? Fever, lethargy, not eating? Stinky discolored discharge? Or did you just find her? Sometimes they hide being sick soooo well that we miss it entirely =/ I was really expecting…"
"Thanks for the update! Did he offer to do a skin scrape for you to check for mites? It can be hit or miss on the scrapes because sometimes they are really down deep. If Ted has any scabby or scaly areas still around after another week or so, you may…"
How old are the kids? Getting used to being with humans will take some time, but do keep in mind that they all have individual personalities and temperaments, and that is also going to effect how 'human friendly' they become =)…"
"That's great! It always amazes me that these creatures know what they need and manage to find it and consume in just the right quantities. Have a great day and please keep us posted on their itchy status.
Hi, Tammy. Good to meet you. My family has a small homestead in the Texas Hill Country and we raise a herd of 4 Nigerian Dwarf, 1 Boer, 1 African Pygmy and 5 Nigora Goats. Four of our does are currently pregnant, three of which are for the first time, and all due this April. We survived the recent snow and are excited for Spring. I am happy to be here with all of you. Thank you for the welcome.
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Need goat equipment?
2-quart milk pail
Mineral feeder (put minerals in one side and baking soda in the other!)