Goat's Getting Skinny... With Abundance of Food.

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by Tyler, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. Tyler

    Tyler New Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    Central Illinois
    One of my goats (who kidded last spring) is starting to get bony. I don't understand why, though. She is on pasture 24/7, and the pasture has everything but trees in it. :help:

  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    is she still in milk? I know dairy goats can be brought down easily if they are good producers as they put everythign in the milk
  3. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    dairy goat? most of the time you can see a bit of bone on a dairy goat...like dairy cows

    and agree with stacey
  4. Zelda

    Zelda Guest

    May 2, 2009
    My doe went off grain and lost weight due to her rumen bacteria being screwed up. Adding probiotics/nutritional yeast helped get her back on track. Took me a while to figure out what was going on with her because she had access to plenty of feed, she just wasn't eating it (hard to tell when there are multiple goats).
  5. fritzie

    fritzie New Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    is she getting any grain? most dairy does do not do well on pasture alone
  6. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    I have to say I totally agree with everyone.

    First thing first. DO a fecal float on them. Do not just deworm them because you need to know WHAT worms you are needing to treat.
  7. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I agree with everyone as well.. :thumbup: ...it is a good idea... to have a fecal done.....Also it may be cocci ..without the symptom of scouring.....Adults have been known to do that......A fecal should find out... if she needs treatment or if you have to start her on grain.....Good luck...
  8. Tyler

    Tyler New Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    Central Illinois
    Yeah. She's milking two kids still, and I'm not giving her grain.

    What grain should I give her?
  9. goathappy

    goathappy New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    I would feed her a mix of oats, barley and BOSS, its high energy low protein and good for keeping weight on :)
  10. Zelda

    Zelda Guest

    May 2, 2009
    Just curious - why would this person want to feed low protein?
  11. sparks879

    sparks879 New Member

    i agree with sarah on this one. you may also want to check her for lice. my friends doe has been getting skinny for months now, she has been wormed and treated for cocci, her fecals came back clean but her gums were still pale. I really did some hunting and found some lice on her. mites can also take a lot out of a doe and make her get thin.
    Goats get a lot of protein just fraom hay and browse. If she is on a good quality pasture she doesnt need a lot of extra protein in her diet. Carbs also help to build weight, just like they do in people. carbs give a goat inergy, inergy she needs to put into making milk for her kids. If the kids are old enough to be weaned, weaning them will also help to get weight built back up. as the kids get older they really start to take a toll on a doe. six to eight months is past peak production for a doe, and if the kids are still nursing her body is telling her she needs to slow down on the milking to build up strengeth for the coming breeding season. The kids are demanding more milk and kieeping her nursed out is telling her to make more milk. if she is towards the end of her lactation she is putting a lot more energy into making milk then she needs to.
  12. redneck_acres

    redneck_acres New Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    May help to feed some alfalfa hay if available and grain to. We feed a sweet feed/grain with molasses to our goats and they did well-of course now they are on a pelleted form that a friend of ours created-and they love it. Although for a time or two they didn't know what to think about eating pelleted feed.