are my goats too fat

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by jduwall, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. jduwall

    jduwall New Member

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    Aug 7, 2009
    My mom says by goats are too fat...I only feed 1/2 scoop to 5 goats and free feed to hay and pasture....

    what do you all think??? :scratch: :scratch:
     

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  2. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    They don't really look fat in the pics, but it is hard to tell without feeling them. Run your hands over their sides behind their shoulders--you should be able feel ribs. If you have to push hard to feel ribs, they are probably on the chunky side. There should be some padding over their ribs, but not so much that you can't feel them if you run your hands over them.
     

  3. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Guest

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    Oct 12, 2009
    Hahaha if she just means the roundness of their bellies, that's not fat. It's feed inside their digestive tract. If you went a day without feeding them, they'd be 'skinny' again. We've got a doe that looks like she's overweight or pregnant all the time, but she's not fat, just big around.
     
  4. Mully

    Mully New Member

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    Jun 23, 2009
    Mt Ulla , NC
    They look normal to me!!
     
  5. deineria

    deineria New Member

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    Nov 4, 2009
    Huntington, WV
    No, they are not fat at all.
     
  6. Have they been exsposed to a buck? Two look like they could even be starting to show on that. However that is also at times a very good sign for a healthy rumen.
     
  7. goatnoob

    goatnoob Guest

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    Nov 1, 2009
    they look great to me! its pretty hard to get a goat to be to fat unless your feeding them LOTS of grain. what it looks like to me (as far as I can tell through the pics) is that they look pregnant, although i'm sure you would know if they were :wink:
     
  8. RunAround

    RunAround New Member

    Feb 17, 2008
    Massachusetts
    It's actually not always hard to get a goat fat. It looks like they just have good rumens to me, but the best way to tell is by feeling their ribs. If you can't find them through all the padding then they are too fat.
     
  9. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    They look really healthy to me...the look in perfect condition for going into winter.
     
  10. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    they look good to me as well.....I agree with the others ... feeling the ribs will tell you.... :wink: :)
     
  11. Sweet Gum Minis

    Sweet Gum Minis New Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    Easley, SC
    Nope, certainly not fat. Goats tend to have round bellies and its due to the 4 chamber stomach. Wait till they're pregnant. Then they really look fat. Haha
     
  12. nhsmallfarmer

    nhsmallfarmer New Member

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    Apr 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    they look good to me also, the one in the first picture looks just like my Cassidy with the mohawk on her back, lol
     
  13. Suellen

    Suellen New Member

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    Mar 9, 2008
    Paragonah, Utah
    They look fine to me too. I have one goat that looks fat, but when you feel her ribs you know she is not. My girl is in good shape did I mention that round is a shape.
    Suellen