kid not growing fast

Discussion in 'Meat Market' started by AlaskaBoers, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    the new doe is a monster, she is huge already and probably twice the size of the buckling...she has her horn buds showing and will probably mature larger than her dam.

    but the buck isnt growing very fast at all, he kinda just stands around while his sister jumps off everything in sight, i'll probably go buy some goat's milk, because i think star is only getting enough milk for one kid, i've tried to milk her out but got nothing, but i know theyre both eating. and starting to nibble solids.

    anything i could give him to boost his growing? thanks everyone.
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    if he is nibbling grain you can add some milk replacer to his grain if he wont take a bottle.

    How full does his belly feel?
     

  3. badnewsboers

    badnewsboers New Member

    429
    May 9, 2008
    Newport, NC
    Are you creep feeding them? Does their feed have a coccidiostat? A high protein supplement like calf manna could help.


    Something I've been experimenting with is making sure there is electrolytes available. You can put this in the water or on their feed. I like sav-a-calf the best or revitalyte. Both have electrolytes and probiotics in it.
     
  4. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
  5. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    His belly feels...there, it doesnt feel starved, but not full like his sis's.

    creep:
    right now in their feeder they have hay and cob. nothing special. i ran out of my 'goat grain'...i also have alfalfa pellets and purina show goats i could put in there.



    would BOSS help? although i dont know if i could get it up here. :scratch:
     
  6. badnewsboers

    badnewsboers New Member

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    May 9, 2008
    Newport, NC
    Boss won't really help.

    You need something high in protein. A starter and grower feed wold be ideal. However the alfalfa pellets and show goat feed will do.