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Ok. I am having some trouble with Hay. I have the most beautiful Orchard/Alfalfa mix. But my 3 goats only want grain and coastal hay. They are driving me crazy.馃槅 I have read that the alfalfa and orchard mix was the best for them. So I bought a couple beautiful bales. They won't touch it. But yet my mom has some Coastal hay and they at least munch at that. I even tried alfalfa pellets. They just look at me like I have two heads. Is it ok to give them coastal hay? And OMG if I don't give them some pellets of grain at night. I think I might have spoiled goats on my hands.
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I've exercised some tough love with them to get them to eat a new hay. Fill up their hay racks with only that for a day or two and see what they think once they are a bit hungry. If they have pasture available, they won't starve if you even give it a few days with only that hay. As far as if they need it, I have a few questions to help work that our. How's their condition? Are they wethers, bucks or does? If we are talking does, are they pregnant, in milk, or dry?
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I've exercised some tough love with them to get them to eat a new hay. Fill up their hay racks with only that for a day or two and see what they think once they are a bit hungry. If they have pasture available, they won't starve if you even give it a few days with only that hay. As far as if they need it, I have a few questions to help work that our. How's their condition? Are they wethers, bucks or does? If we are talking does, are they pregnant, in milk, or dry?
Yeah, that's what we do for our goats too... it still takes them about a week to get used to new stuff, but then after a while they love it.
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They can be stubborn and spoiled. ;)

If the hay smells good no mold, then they are just spoiled. They may come around.
I've exercised some tough love with them to get them to eat a new hay. Fill up their hay racks with only that for a day or two and see what they think once they are a bit hungry. If they have pasture available, they won't starve if you even give it a few days with only that hay. As far as if they need it, I have a few questions to help work that our. How's their condition? Are they wethers, bucks or does? If we are talking does, are they pregnant, in milk, or dry?
I have 2 does around 12 weeks. And my buck is 10 weeks. Condition is great.
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Well if you they are doing well on their original hay, you may not need to change anything.
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