help me fix her feeding schedule?

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by TheMixedBag, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    No, she's still feeding the boys (who have to be 20 lb by now...), but I'm not milking her in the mornings anymore. The kids have finally discovered that the left side works as well as the right, and are keeping things even now.
     
  2. milk and honey

    milk and honey Senior Member

    Oct 30, 2010
    Everett, WA
    Wow.. my girls look like fat hogs compared to all those pics... I can understand your concern..Can you tempt her to her grain with a few raisins mixed in or cookies or something..
    (Cookies sure packs the weight on me!) Good luck, I hope she gains soon!
     

  3. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    Nope. She loves the poo out of molasses, and the grain has molasses mixed into it, and she still won't touch it unless it's well-mixed.

    At any rate, the photos above are the reason I've not been concerned. She was milking at that weight (3/4 of a gallon), had liver flukes at that weight, and pregnancy/labor at this weight without even so much as blinking an eye, or acting unthrifty in general. From the way she acts (and the way she eats), it would seem that she's just happy to be at that weight, and would have no problems staying there.

    Now obviously, she needs to gain plenty (and the Calf Manna is helping), but I'm not nearly as concerned for her as I was. If her kids are an indication of her health, then there is nothing wrong with that goat. Peanut's a little under 12" at the shoulder, and he just turned 2 weeks today. I don't know what the actual growth rate is for Saanens, but if he keeps growing like this, we are going to be fat come winter.
     
  4. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    Think there's any difference?
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  5. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    her hair is growing back in and that always makes a difference.

    She does look to be doing better though especially in the ribcage area
     
  6. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    The hair that is growing back is pretty thin, so that's still basically skin-length hair.
     
  7. Amos

    Amos New Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    Minnesota
    How old is she again?
    I hate to suggest it, but have you tested her for johnes?
     
  8. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    She just turned 2 in February, this is her 2nd freshening. I'm pretty sure it's not Johne's, she came from a clean herd.
     
  9. Amos

    Amos New Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    Minnesota
    It might not hurt, just to be sure.
    If her sibling was a hard keeper too, what did her parents look like? Was it hard for them to gain weight as well? It could be something with genetics..?
     
  10. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    It's part of it. That little horned buckling up there was her half brother. Her dam does better than her, and her sire is pushing 300+ lb, but in general, her dam tends to throw skinny twigs.

    Also, like I said, it *could* be from when she was bred before, she just never got time to grow like she needed to. At 2 years old, she needs to weigh more than 110#.