8 month old buckling not eating grain

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by LibertyHomesteadFarm, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. LibertyHomesteadFarm

    LibertyHomesteadFarm Member

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    Feb 1, 2014
    My 8 month old Nigerian Dwarf buckling has not been interested in grain since he was about 4 months old. When he was younger, he would eat grain with the other kids, quite greedily because he was the biggest.

    For some reason, at about 4 months old, he decided he didn't want grain anymore and only ate grass, hay, and loose minerals.
    Now he is underconditioned (body condition score of about 1.5-2) and still wont eat grain. I have been giving him some probios, he gobbles that up like its the last thing in the world. He weighs about 30 pounds, is that normal for an 8 month old ND buckling? My 2 year old buck weighs about 65 pounds.

    Any suggestions on getting him to eat his grain?
    I am currently feeding oats with BOSS at a 2:1 ratio.

    Any ideas would be welcomed! :)
     
  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I would start with having a fecal done.
     

  3. LibertyHomesteadFarm

    LibertyHomesteadFarm Member

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    Feb 1, 2014
    He has been dewormed and is on cocci prevention (Di-Methox).
    He just doesn't seem to be interested in the grain. He will sniff it, but then walk away to go eat grass or hay. He has quite the appetite, just not for grain. :chin:
     
  4. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Have you tried different types of grains? Calf Manna? Alfalfa pellets?
     
  5. LibertyHomesteadFarm

    LibertyHomesteadFarm Member

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    Feb 1, 2014
    I am going to try alfalfa or sweet feed...we will see how he will do with that. :)
     
  6. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    be sure to make changes slowly and keep the calcium/phosphorus ratio 2:1...
     
  7. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    With some grains, some goat kids do not like certain ones.
    With those, I literally will have to put some in their mouths periodically throughout the day, every day, they will spit it out for the first few times, and eventually they get a taste for it. Then, will get into it.

    Also make sure, he has competition, they eat things better. Even if, another goat is on the opposite side of the fence, see's and wants the grain he is eating.
     
  8. LibertyHomesteadFarm

    LibertyHomesteadFarm Member

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    Feb 1, 2014
    He's eating sweet feed now like a champ, in my opinion, it was probably the flavor. ;)

    Next question, he's only 30 lbs; is this normal for a 8 month old ND buckling?
     
  9. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    No. He should be bigger. I would expect him to be closer to 50 lbs.
     
  10. RhinoWhite

    RhinoWhite Active Member

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    Nov 17, 2013
    South Africa
    Does the size have something to do with ability to digest?

    Mind you it's a Nigerian. And he ate it earlier.

    Maybe he's just picky with his food.
     
  11. LibertyHomesteadFarm

    LibertyHomesteadFarm Member

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    Feb 1, 2014
    What do I need to do to get him to get bigger?

    Also, this weight was from a weigh tape. I will weigh him on a scale tomorrow to get an exact weight.
     
  12. LibertyHomesteadFarm

    LibertyHomesteadFarm Member

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    Feb 1, 2014
    Do I need to raise his grain ration to get him to catch up, or will he be stunted for life?
     
  13. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I would slowly up his grain a little. Does he get alfalfa hay?
     
  14. LibertyHomesteadFarm

    LibertyHomesteadFarm Member

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    Feb 1, 2014
    We have fescue hay, but I have been giving him alfalfa pellets soaked in water.
    I have been slowly raising his grain ration for 3 weeks, its up to 1.5 cups.
     
  15. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    It is going to take time but he should grow.
     
  16. LibertyHomesteadFarm

    LibertyHomesteadFarm Member

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    Feb 1, 2014
    BTW I am getting some non-GMO all stock feed this week to slowly transfer my goats onto it.
    It is 14% protein; from what I've read, non-GMO will help them get more nutrients, get less worms, and stay healthier. :)
     
  17. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    If it is all grains, you may even want to sprout it.
     
  18. LibertyHomesteadFarm

    LibertyHomesteadFarm Member

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    Feb 1, 2014
    It's mostly grains, but it does have molasses in it.