Originally Posted by liz
as kids get more into grain I find that they want to be piggies at around 5-6 weeks and will choke so I pick up any feed that is left before I leave the barn.
Feeding free choice will eliminate the "piggy effect" because its always there for them. Mine nibble on the grain all day long, taking tid bits here and there. Its way more natural for them and I found my kids grow excellent this way. I never have choke, bloat or scours. That's why I start from day 1, you can't go to free choice if you feed limited quantities once or twice a day.
I also have only standard sized goats, so it may depend also on the growth rate you'd like. And I won't comment on the ration to use because I have a completely customized feed program.
ETA: Also, I actually end up using LESS grain then I would feeding them a set amount once or twice a day. So its cost effective for me too!