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I just watched a video that said not to feed grain AT ALL to my male goats?? This is their main source of food!! Should I stop giving it to them? If so what should I feed then cause they don't eat much hay
 

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I have 2 weathered one la mancha and the other alpine.
 

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My boys all get grain. I balance it with alfalfa pellets. Once they are grown, they normally don't get it unless they are working mainly because they would get obese.
 

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How old are they? In reality Hay/browse should be a goats main staple. Goats love their grain but roughage is important to keep their rumens happy. How much grain are they getting? You don't have to cut out grain but it's not great to have it as their main source of food.
 

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My boys all get grain. I balance it with alfalfa pellets. Once they are grown, they normally don't get it unless they are working mainly because they would get obese.
good to know (what kind of boys do you have?) we treat with grain (the wether is almost 6 months old and alittle thin) and have alfalfa pellets in a bucket as well as hay free choice....
 

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I have 2 Saanen wethers, an Alpine wether, an Alpine buck, a 3/4 Alpine 1/4 Nubian wetherling, and a LaMancha buckling.
 

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Grain shouldn't be the main source of any goat's diet, as it is not as good for their rumens. :) But it is especially dangerous with boy goats. Because my boys don't work (they aren't pack goats), they don't get grain. I give them grass hay and alfalfa pellets, or alfalfa hay with a flake of Timothy hay here and there. Boys need a little more than twice as much calcium as phosphorus in their diet.

If my boys needed the extra weight, they would only get as much grain as they absolutely NEEDED, which for my Nigerians, would probably be 1/4 cup a day. But mine haven't needed it thus far. :thumb:
 

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well the little wetherling is skinny (and so is the yearling doe that came with him)-- body score maybe of 2-3 Doe is more like 2.... and has clumpy poo so not sure what to do....
 

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You can feed grain, just make sure his whole diet is balanced at least 2:1 calcium to phosphorus.

Plus you should have fecals done and then treat appropriately.
 

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My 6 month old Nigerian dwarf wethers eat 1/2 cup of Purina Nobel Goat feed per day. Their main diet is browse, pasture and hay all day. Nobel goat has ammonium chloride in it to help with urinary issues.
 

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My 6 month old Nigerian dwarf wethers eat 1/2 cup of Purina Nobel Goat feed per day. Their main diet is browse, pasture and hay all day. Nobel goat has ammonium chloride in it to help with urinary issues.
Can you feed Nobel Goat to the whole herd or just the boys? This could be an issue since everyone eats together (except the one being milked)....
 

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Pelleted grains are a processed food with lots of crap fillers and additives. They should not be a mainstay in a wethers diet. A good mineral mix will replace any of the good vitamins added to some grains. A quality hay can not be beat by any grain product as there are no quality ingredients added to most pelleted feed grains.
 

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Why is grain so bad for boys?? I feed them mostly grain...uh oh!! They are 8 months and 5 months old. Would this make a difference?
 

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Ok now I'm scared!!! I am off first thing in the morning to get sine good quality hay!! Now they do get to go out back once a day a graze....but mainly grain twice a day..
 

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Hay should be their main diet. Grain is always a supplement.

You better get a year's worth fast while you can still find it. Farmers in Ohio like to sell out ASAP.
 

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well I ended up with 4 bale and will get a couple more soon (I appear to be going thru about 3/4 bale a month, and we havent even put them in pasture yet-- I figure they can pasture some thru Dec and that should help.
We are bad on the grain, we treat them alot-- no pellets for us its textured sweet feed (mostly grain seeds that you can see, and some COB mixed in half and half).....
 
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