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When you massage her, have her stand with front hooves up a few inches, like on a cinder block. It helps tremendously.
So glad she burped for you!
Watch for cud chewing. I have had the same thing, and now I always check if mine is chewing her cuds. Makes me So happy when she does.
Ohhhhhhhhhhh I caught her chewing! (I have a cam on them and while getting coveralls on..) First time since I don't even know.. as soon as I replied, there she went. Wasnt long but it was a bit of chewing. Well, she's stuck with just fodder (hay and alf) till she's doing much better.
 

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Yes....I echo what goathiker said. I would wait to get a definitive diagnosis from the vet though before making any changes to diet. That’s what it sounds like. Especially if she’s a bit on the plump side....and if she’s been unable to get as much browse lately due to weather. But definitely follow your vets instructions. Keep us updated.
 

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If this is an off and on problem I would get rid of the sweet feed. Very few of my goats can handle molasses in their diet and they really don't need it.
Any suggestions as to changing over? I've been slowly cutting it back over the past weeks. I've heard it's not good. I would love to have a bagged feed in one but she wouldnt touch the Noble Dairy. Would oats and the black gold be enough if I just keep cutting it back?
 

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Yes....I echo what goathiker said. I would wait to get a definitive diagnosis from the vet though before making any changes to diet. That's what it sounds like. Especially if she's a bit on the plump side....and if she's been unable to get as much browse lately due to weather. But definitely follow your vets instructions. Keep us updated.
Thank you! I'm scared to give her any grain this morning at all. I can tell there's still something going on and am now wondering too about an injury... she sat! I mean like a dog sits. Not for long but twice this morning and I'm very familiar with this girl. Uhg! I'll be thrilled to know whats going on. Would you keep her off the grains too for now? I planned on it at least til the vet comes over. Milking may go odd... but.. I sure don't want more issues

PS I'm still learning to navigate on this site. I didn't realize there were 2 pages...
 

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This is what I feed

200 lbs. whole oats
100 lbs. rolled barley
50 lbs. calf manna or LMF super supplement
40 lbs. black oil sunflower seeds
25 lbs. field peas or split peas

This mix must be given with alfalfa to correct the calcium/phosphorus ratio.
 

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Any suggestions as to changing over? I've been slowly cutting it back over the past weeks. I've heard it's not good. I would love to have a bagged feed in one but she wouldnt touch the Noble Dairy. Would oats and the black gold be enough if I just keep cutting it back?
This is what I feed

200 lbs. whole oats
100 lbs. rolled barley
50 lbs. calf manna or LMF super supplement
40 lbs. black oil sunflower seeds
25 lbs. field peas or split peas

This mix must be given with alfalfa to correct the calcium/phosphorus ratio.
 

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This is what I feed

200 lbs. whole oats
100 lbs. rolled barley
50 lbs. calf manna or LMF super supplement
40 lbs. black oil sunflower seeds
25 lbs. field peas or split peas

This mix must be given with alfalfa to correct the calcium/phosphorus ratio.
That looks like a good mix! I'm still trying to figure out the best mix for my own goats. It's quite a process!
 

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You mentioned what mix you are feeding her but not how much.

I agree, the sunflower meal is much too high.

If she is not in lactation and is a healthy weight, I'd recommend taking her off all concentrates/grains. The alfalfa mix hay would be plenty to sustain her!

You mentioned she didn't like Noble Goat and you couldn't find another non-sweet bagged feed as an option. Could you tell us which feed manufacturers your feed store carries? Or if a chain store, which one? Maybe we could provide some options if you don't wish to mix your own feed.
 

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This is the ratio that boss should be in their grain 1/5 or less. Otherwise the oil can also cause problems.
It's one the company suggested be fed solely but didn't sound right... it's out of colorado mills and is called black gold. I picked it up when I brought the first goat addiction home... Learning as I go and reading what ya'll are suggesting too. I do have BOSS I can use and do away with the meal one. They all look so healthy but this one and her tummy... plus from things I've read sweet feed can cause issues down the road too. Taking notes here!!
 

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You mentioned what mix you are feeding her but not how much.

I agree, the sunflower meal is much too high.

If she is not in lactation and is a healthy weight, I'd recommend taking her off all concentrates/grains. The alfalfa mix hay would be plenty to sustain her!

You mentioned she didn't like Noble Goat and you couldn't find another non-sweet bagged feed as an option. Could you tell us which feed manufacturers your feed store carries? Or if a chain store, which one? Maybe we could provide some options if you don't wish to mix your own feed.
She's been in milk for a year now. I can get Noble Goat (Purina Dairy) and I think it's Klassy goat if I can't find split peas..
 

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This is what I feed

200 lbs. whole oats
100 lbs. rolled barley
50 lbs. calf manna or LMF super supplement
40 lbs. black oil sunflower seeds
25 lbs. field peas or split peas

This mix must be given with alfalfa to correct the calcium/phosphorus ratio.
What is LMF? I have calf manna from when I first got her. She just had kids off her. They get all the alfalfa and timothy hay they want.
 
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