goat vitamins

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Kenny Battistelli, Jan 23, 2021.

  1. Kenny Battistelli

    Kenny Battistelli Member

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    Nov 29, 2020
    Pennyslvania
    Does anyone have any goat supplement/vitamin suggestions for Nigerian dwarfs?
     
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  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Is this your first time owning goats? You need a good loose mineral for them.
     

  3. Kenny Battistelli

    Kenny Battistelli Member

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    Nov 29, 2020
    Pennyslvania
    Yes it is my first time
     
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  4. NigerianNewbie

    NigerianNewbie Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2018
    Central NC
    A good quality loose mineral, (some of the type used for cattle are just as good) made available to them at all times.

    Redmond has a very nice red rock than is a naturally mined chunk of mineral rich salt rock. I also have cobalt and selenium blocks. These blocks are an additional source of supplements that is provided at all times. They lick what they want when they feel it is needed.

    Copper bolus may need to be given at times as well.

    There are many other forms of supplements and various types as well. Most except for loose minerals, are used depending on deficiency states in goats and what may be needed either by a particular goat or the herd in general.
     
  5. MissMiniNubian

    MissMiniNubian Active Member

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    Jan 20, 2021
    Orange, California
    Along with the free-choice mineral, you can also supplement some kelp into their diet. ( I don’t mix it into the mineral) It is full of vitamins and minerals that helps support the immune system and more. SUPER nutritious and natural which makes it easier to absorb. My goats LOVE it. You can get some at Jeffer’s or somewhere else. I feed kelp and brewer’s yeast (a nutritional yeast) to my goats daily. Hope this helps!:)
     
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  6. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    @Kenny Battistelli if you let us know which feed store/feed brands or chains you have near you, we can help you identify a good loose mineral for them. You put it out in a dry place free choice (as much as they want). Usually put out like a cup at a time as they don't care for it much when it absorbs moisture.

    Will they be breeding or are they pregnant? Additional selenium supplementation will be imperative if yes.
     
  7. Kenny Battistelli

    Kenny Battistelli Member

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    Nov 29, 2020
    Pennyslvania
    The feed store I get my supplies from is just tractor supply.

    Both of my goats are males.
     
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  8. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    What brand of feeding are you giving them and what is the % of protein? What type of hay are you feeding?
     
  9. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    With two goats, a bag of Manna Pro goat mineral will last a while. It's a small orange bag, 8lbs I think.

    For a more economical option from TSC you can use cattle Purina Wind and Rain Storm loose mineral, comes in a red 50 lb bag.

    Loose minerals are a great start. But many (most) goats in the US need some additional supplementation above and beyond loose mineral. Post photos of your duo a few months after providing loose minerals and we can help identify what else is needed! Likely, copper and selenium.