Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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I have 2 pregnant does, first timers, Pygmy and Nigerian Dwarf crosses. They were having grain each day until I read on this site that you should not feed them grain, only hay. I weaned them off it, and use it only as a treat now. Seems to be fine. They are due in April. I have been feeding them a lot of tiny deer apples, chopped in half, seeds and all, maybe 4 each a day. They eat some carrots too, but mainly eat hay and grass. (not much snow in MIchigan this winter). It did snow the other day and I could see that one of the does peed a few times a salmony color. What does this mean? ANyone know if apples could be wrong for goats? Are the seeds poisonous? Could they be causing problems? 

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Comment by Corynn faith Lewis on February 18, 2012 at 12:17pm


Ok i don't know a whole lot about goats beacuse i'm new here and my goat isn't even born yet but i know that when my horse relives itself in snow, the uh, pee, turns a brown/pink and this is a reaction with the snow. I don't know if that goes the same in goats. Please, don't take my word for it just an idea.

Comment by Shana Henry on February 10, 2012 at 11:56am

Thanks for the response Deborah, I never actually see them drink, I bring them fresh water once a day, but I will try twice. I have tried bringing slightly warmed water, but they are much more interested in the food. I have seen them eat snow, but weve had an almost snowless winter here in MI. This also means I can  no longer see what color their urine is as the grass is green again. ANy suggestions on how to assure they are drinking? I will repost this on the forum.  Thank you kindly. 

Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on February 10, 2012 at 10:41am

Sorry I just saw this post. If you post it in the Forum, you'll probably get more responses. Could your does be dehydrated? Some goats are very picky about water, and you need to give them clean water twice a day, even if there is still some left. If the water is dirty, then forget it! We always have at least two buckets of water with our milkers, more if we are milking more does, because if someone poops in a bucket, no one else will drink from it.

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