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My Nigerian Dwarf buck Earl arrived at my farm in the fall with serious mineral deficiencies. Attached are pics before and 3 months after giving him 6 grams of COWP (copper oxide wire particles). He also had dry itchy flaky skin and so he was on a handful of black oil sunflower seeds every day as well. He's hardly recognizable now from back then! I thought he was blonde but he's very red! The only red he had on him when I got him was his feet and his beard. And no, I didn't shave him!
 

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Amazing! My gold doe started to get a lot of white hairs,too, before it finally got on the copper regime. Your boy looks great now!


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What a change! Gotta love the change when you add copper to a defecient diet!
 

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That's awesome! I noticed my black haired does went from red tinged hairs to solid sleek black as well. Copper is awesome for the goats!
 

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I saw the same change in my goats too, a few years back. It actually makes me wonder if I should copper bolus MYSELF. Maybe get rid of some of the gray hairs here and there..
 

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Wow, what a transformation. We just gave our herd copper bolus. One doe had fish tail and had not realized how much our wether had changed in color. One doe gave us a fight and broke the capsules. It looked like 3/4 of the contents came out inside her mouth (in the yogurt). We were using yogurt in a bolus gun to get it down. I gave her a 4 g adult and then a 2 g kid. I was going to give her 2-4 weeks to improve and then if no change I would try another 2 g. Does that sound okay/safe? I do not want to overdo it, but want her to be healthy.
 

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Wow... I may start upping the copper as well. My larger doe has very flaky skin. She did last spring too, and I know part of it is seasonal... but none of them are terribly "soft"... all a bit wiry. I bolused in Feb, but only 2g each. Perhaps I can go more frequent than every 6mo if I only use 2g? Or should I just be giving a higher dosage? I have ND's and ordered the "kid" boluses.

I've yet to find an easy way to give them though. Bread or marshmallows work well for my larger goat... but my littler two must chew their food better - or have better sniffers, or something. They find it no matter what I do. And trying to get it down their throats without their cooperation (and with no human help) is not likely to be effective.
 

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Now I'm wondering if Mocca is deficent in copper...he's loosing color. And the other goats don't have real soft coats. Where do you get copper? (In Ontario, Canda)
 

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It's safe to give Nigerian Dwarfs 4 grams (he got 6 grams) every three months. My understanding is it slowly dissolves in their system so they can't overdose. Also, I don't try to bolus mine-- I simply open the capsules and put it on some grain (preferably sweet feed because it's a little sticky). Each goat gets their own so you can check and see if it all is eaten. No problems so far. They all EAT IT RIGHT DOWN. Some people put it in bananas or grapes but if they'll eat it in the grain, that's the easiest!
 

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Wow... I may start upping the copper as well. My larger doe has very flaky skin. She did last spring too, and I know part of it is seasonal... but none of them are terribly "soft"... all a bit wiry. I bolused in Feb, but only 2g each. Perhaps I can go more frequent than every 6mo if I only use 2g? Or should I just be giving a higher dosage? I have ND's and ordered the "kid" boluses.

I've yet to find an easy way to give them though. Bread or marshmallows work well for my larger goat... but my littler two must chew their food better - or have better sniffers, or something. They find it no matter what I do. And trying to get it down their throats without their cooperation (and with no human help) is not likely to be effective.
For Earl's dry skin, I also started feeding him black oil sunflower seeds and that improved his skin and coat as well. I give him a big handful every night. Also when his skin was really bad itchy itchy and flaky, I rubbed some grape seed oil into his coat to relieve some of the dryness. Don't even know whether it was the BOSS, the oil, or just the copper that healed his skin but it worked!
 

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Certainly his color would not have been drastically effected by sunflower seeds and skin oil. It is well known that faded coats are a sign of copper deficiency.


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I know copper helps, I give Boluses to all my goats also. The red ones and black ones always seem to need to most. I'm not arguing the importance of copper, just saying that the improvement in overall nutrition helps also
 
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