I am starting to breed mini-nubians and have 5 does and 8 doelings. I am having a few problems. I will describe them together in case they are related.
4 month old mini nubian doeling: started loosing weight 2 months ago. Her fur is usually erect and dull and lately she started shivering and lost appetite. She has been keeping her head down as if she is tired. I noticed that she can't eat big leaves and she only drinks half a bottle, then coughs and seems to almost choke. Her berries are smaller than usual and dry. Her grandma used to have the shivering as well and did not impregnate again after the first birth.
Niobe is a gorgeous 1 year old doe, but her knuckles on the back feet click and turn forward when she walks. Otherwise she looks very healthy.
Caipirinha is a 1 year old doe that developed mastitis in one side of the udder in March. I tried 4 different antibiotics, injection and infusion and a variety of natural herbs such as garlic. She still tests very positive for mastitis in the CMT test. Her coat is dull and brownish and she lost weight.
Pumpkin is a one year old doe. Very active and good milker. The hair in her coat is turning thick and dull and the points stick out
My other goats are very healthy. I feed them alfalfa pellets ad libidum, 1 cup of almonds and 1 cup grains per day, and I take them on daily walks to browse. Our area is selenium deficient so I use the selenium/vitE paste from Hoegger's every 3 months and last week they all had a Bo-se shot. They have been dewormed with Ivermectin pour-on. I have not given them copper bolus yet but will do so as soon as it arrives. They have Sweetlick and mana-pro loose minerals available all the time. Could this be CAE or copper deficiency? I could not find information on distinguishing clinical signs of each one. Do you think these problems in different goats are related? How show I tackle them?
Thank you so much,