My kids Delilah (back, doe) and Emerson (front, wether) are now 5.5 months old and doing pretty well.
I know that growing babies need the extra protein from grain (I feed 17% protein goat feed pellets with a good calcium/phosphorus balance).
HOWEVER, I've misplaced the feeding instructions I received with my first pair of wether kids (now about 1 1/2), and have forgotten how I handled feeding, in terms of tapering them off grain/pellets as they grew. (They each get a couple bites a day now)
I've been letting the little ones eat as much goat feed pellets as they want 2 times a day so far, but I feel like it's time to start feeding once a day and limiting the amount, but can't remember the amounts/schedule/timing I did last time.
People probably have different practices, but what do you do in terms of the following for growing kids?:
- When to start feeding once a day rather than twice?
- When to stop letting them free-feed on grain/pellets and start measuring (and how much to feed)?
- When/how to start tapering down the amount of grain/pellets given?
My 4 Nigerian Dwarf goats have a field (about .6 acres) with plenty of varied stuff to browse on and also get hay and free choice minerals (Manna Pro).