Originally Posted by countrymom
I agree, I'm thinking the hair loss isn't a copper deficiency. My does will rub hair off down the middle of their nose from butting at the the bucks on the other side of fence. Goats with copper deficiency will loose hair all over.
they will not loose hair all over -- they may loose hair at the tip of their tail creating what is called a "fish tail" effect. YOu may also see a black goat turn more reddish in color.
As to eating minerals -- leave it out free choice and they will eat them when they need them. Forcing them to eat something they dont need isnt a good idea.
Sometimes mine dont touch there minerals for weeks and then suddenly its all gone and they go through it really fast. IT really depends on what their nutritional needs are at that time.
As to feed grain to wethers there is a misconception that grain is the reason for UC (urinary stones) but this isnt always the case. Some are just genetically predispositioned to getting stones. But it is good to keep your calcium and phosphorous ration at a 2:1 ratio. You can also find grain that has Ammonium Chloride in it. THis is what you use to keep their urine acidic enough to dissolve any stones that may form.