My husband and I were planning and working toward starting with goats in the spring. Lo and behold, there was an add in a local paper for a woman who wanted to sell her herd of 7 after the death of her husband so my wonderful husband jumped on it and 10 days ago, we brought home 7 goats. We now have as our first experience with goats, 2 mothers and their 5 kids. One mother--Amber has 3 kids, 9 months old--2 doelings and 1 buckling. The other mother--Uhoh has 2 kids, 2 1/2 months old-- 2 bucklings. They are all doing well after 10 days and adjusting without difficulty to their new environment. The 2 younger bucklings were banded last week, but the older buckling is intact. We will see if we have some offspring in some months. Now for my questions. 1. The mother of the younger kids seems awfully fat around her middle. Her hip bones are showing, and you can feel her spine so she doesn't seem really fat, but She just seems so round. She is still in milk and feeding the babies, we have not started milking her because none of the goats have been handled for 6 months and we are just trying to get them used to being handled. She does seem to be making plenty of milk, and seems really healthy except for her large belly I am not really concerned about bloat as she has been like this every day since we got her and she is eating well and pooping normal little round poops. She does seem to be bigger in the evening after they have been out browsing and slightly smaller in the morning when they are let out. Do you think this is just normal for her or should I be concerned? 2. We are feeding the 7 goats as follows. 3-4 cups of sweet goat feed twice a day hand fed, free access to hay, free choice baking soda, and free choice mineral. They also browse in our yard--lots of lovely green food--3 hours a day (gradually increased over 10 days from 1/2 hour a day as their previous home was plum out of green food) Am I feeding too much? If so, what should I cut back on. I tend to be very concerned about our animals, and since I am new to goats, I want to make sure I am treating them well.