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Possible parasite?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Apr 17. 5 Replies

I am new to raising goats and have 3 kids ranging from 10-14 weeks. I usually refill the hay trough about 3 times per day. I have noticed that their bellies are looking really big and when they see…Continue

Getting my goats used to me

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Apr 8. 1 Reply

I picked up 2 kids about a week ago and they hadn't had much human interaction. We have been sitting in the pen just reading for about 20 minutes a couple of times per day to try and show them we…Continue

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Tammy Gallagher replied to Jonathan Pearce's discussion Possible parasite?
"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…"
Apr 17
Jonathan Pearce replied to Jonathan Pearce's discussion Possible parasite?
"I'm in Colorado. I don't know exactly when they were weaned. The 2 I am concerned about are doelings and they have had nothing but alfalfa hay, a couple of manna pro treat+probiotic per day and a few carrots and asparagus stems. I have…"
Apr 17
Tammy Gallagher replied to Jonathan Pearce's discussion Possible parasite?
"Hi Jonathan 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…"
Apr 17
Jonathan Pearce replied to Jonathan Pearce's discussion Possible parasite?
"I'm not sure how to upload photos. They do have outdoor access, but just to a dirt lot. We got more snow last night but plan to start introducing them pasture when it melts. No diarrhea, but their eyes do look more white than pink to me. When…"
Apr 17
Tammy Gallagher replied to Jonathan Pearce's discussion Possible parasite?
"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…"
Apr 17
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Possible parasite?

I am new to raising goats and have 3 kids ranging from 10-14 weeks. I usually refill the hay trough about 3 times per day. I have noticed that their bellies are looking really big and when they see me reach for the pitch fork they come running (they are still in the barn with hay as 95% of their food source.) I started googling and saw something that made me concerned there might be a parasite. Does anyone have any advice as to what to check for? I'm slowly introducing them to open pasture this…See More
Apr 16
Tammy Gallagher replied to Jonathan Pearce's discussion Getting my goats used to me
"Hi Jonathan 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 =)…"
Apr 8
Jonathan Pearce posted a discussion

Getting my goats used to me

I picked up 2 kids about a week ago and they hadn't had much human interaction. We have been sitting in the pen just reading for about 20 minutes a couple of times per day to try and show them we mean no harm. When we first go in the scatter, but after awhile go about their business, but still won't let us touch them or take treats from our hand. Should I bring doing something else or just continue and be patient?
Apr 7
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