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As some of you might remember, my boer girls are tiny, 24 34 and 40 lbs all born in January .. I can't get them to eat more then 1 1/2-2 cups of sweet feed and calf manna a piece..

So I was sitting their thinking about it, and wondered if I could feed the girls corn instead of sweet feed with their calf manna? and if I could feed them that what supplements would be a good to put in, -- we grind our own corn up for our beef steers so I can add stuff in.
 

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So wouldn't be good to put weight on them ? Would it be good to add a little bit to their feed ?
 

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A tiny bit is ok, but not great. Corn can cause digestive problems.

You can give them a bit of oil on their grain, rice bran meal or pellets, beet pulp, whole oats, barley. Sometimes the molasses will cause acidosis, maybe if you tried feeding a whole grain feed (cob without molasses) they migh tlike it better?
 

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I'm not a fan of adding corn. There is usually already corn in prepared goat feeds. Corn is a "hot" grain and really heats up the rumen to process it. Overfeeding can cause acidosis.

Have you looked through the threads? Goathiker put out a good recipe to make your own mix. You may want to consider that.
 

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Corn only has about 8% protein, and a growing kid needs about 14% protein. It is basically an energy feed, not a grower feed. You want something that will support growth, not something that will just add pounds. If these were my girls, I would take them off the sweet feed and introduce a good goat grower pellet.
 

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Is feeding 16% sweet feed and calf manna (1/4 feed 3/4 manna)...Free choice pasture and hay, also minerals. What else do I need to feed ?
 

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And what are they ?
 
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