Thanks for your reply, goatblessings. We feed the goats the Pat Coleby mix (dolomite, kelp, sulphur and copper) every day plus they get ACV added to their drinking water on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's. We've been using Pat Coleby's mix since the early 2000's on sheep, cattle and now the goats with no problems. Anything born here, grows up getting that mix from the first time they stick their nose in a feed trough. We've got triplet sisters who are two-and-a-half years old and so far, not wormed chemically. Everyone has a soft, shiny coat, particularly in the summer months but with it being winter now, not so shiny with their thick overcoats on !!I'm wondering about his selenium levels, and also vitamin D. What are you feeding as far as minerals. A 14% feed is very low in protein and should not cause the problems. I thinking a severe vitamin deficiency. Pic please - that would help.
Thanks for your response, Damfino.I'm afraid I don't know much about this sort of problem. I'm experiencing some leg displacement in my fast-growing young bucklings myself, and I believe in my case it's related to too much calcium at a critical stage in development. I've gotten away from feeding alfalfa to growing wethers because I've seen some nasty joint displacement in adult wethers that were fed alfalfa during their formative years. This does not seem to be a problem for does or bucks. But I'm really not sure what to say on your particular issue. I hope he recovers ok. I'm not sure how he can get up and down with the splints. Can you splint him just part of the time? Also, I would suggest putting some cotton gauze under the bubble wrap so his skin can breath and moisture won't accumulate. Plastic shouldn't go directly against skin/hair. Good luck!
Thanks for your suggestion and yes, Damfino did respond with some good info.
Thank you, goathiker. I looked into those mini horse sport boots and they were of great interest although for the present time, he's going to need the ground-to-knee home-made splints. I'm thinking that providing all goes well and he gets back to normal, it may be helpful to put tendon support on him, perhaps on through the day and off overnight, but we've got to reach that stage yet. So far so good though !!The only tendon problems I've dealt with were from injury. I've always used the little mini horse sport boots for support.
Did your veterinarian test blood mineral levels? Many deficiencies can be detected this way.