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Our little herd is eating hay and alfalfa pellets. No grain or other supplements other than occasional treats. And sadly, not getting much forage right now either.

So how much alfalfa should they be getting?

Any difference in amount for does cd wethers?
 

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What kind of hay?

A lot of people give alfalfa pellets free choice. Fill a feeder with say, 2 cups per each goat twice a day. Then those who eat more will eat the extra, and those who eat less will leave some extra. Then observe how much is left behind. If a lot is left over, you are putting out too much. If none is left over, you are putting out too little. So adjust your feed rate so that twice a day, or once a day, however it is that your feeding schedule works, your goats leave a very small amount of alfalfa pellets after they are all done, just enough that on any given day, one goat could eat more or less if they wanted too. Then you know everybody is getting their fill.
 

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And of course, watch their conditions and adjust accordingly as well.

If you are feeding grass hay, I recommend 1 cup of alfalfa pellets daily for wethers. So yes, that is a bit of a different feeding style.
 

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If you stash the alfalfa pellets into the goats stable or encampment, the dominant ones will try to eat everything, while the submissive ones will get less or nothing.
 

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They are eating mostly orchard grass or a blend of a bunch of native grasses. There are some Timothy/orchard mix bales left, but not many.

Thus far we’ve been feeding them individually and I’m not that confident we can make the switch for free feeding the pellets without the two dominant goats (one of the mamas and the older wether) gobbling it all.

They currently get 1c of pellets each twice a day. Is this too much for the boys?
 

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They are eating mostly orchard grass or a blend of a bunch of native grasses. There are some Timothy/orchard mix bales left, but not many.

Thus far we've been feeding them individually and I'm not that confident we can make the switch for free feeding the pellets without the two dominant goats (one of the mamas and the older wether) gobbling it all.

They currently get 1c of pellets each twice a day. Is this too much for the boys?
No, not too much if they are doing well.
 
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