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I have 25 Boer nannies I bought as exposed about 3 months ago over the past two months I have lost several kids in different ways. About 15 to 20 so far. Right now 8 are alive and doing well. All the deaths have been either kids being born dead (most common). Live a few days but never seem to have much vigor. Or a few of them have lived as long as a couple weeks seeming like they were going to make it then die. The goats are on mineral have just below what I'd call horse quality hay and nannies look to be in top shape. Any guesses? Thanks in advance
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What minerals are you feeding?
Did the does get any shots before they gave birth? Were they all healthy and in good shape?
Did you weigh the kids at all to make sure they were gaining weight?
How's the weather where you are? I wonder if maybe silent pnemonia? I don't have any experience with that tho, so maybe a more experienced member can chime in...
As far as the kids being born dead, were you there for their births?

So sorry you have lost so many! That is so sad. 馃槶 I hope you have good luck with the rest.

With your healthy babies, weigh them often to make sure they're gaining weight. Watch them closely.
I feed a Purina mineral that's labeled for goats. They have a trace mineral block and a salt block just cause that's what we do for our cattle. All the nannies look sharp but I do question their milk production.i never thought about weighing them and as far there birth I was there within an hour on several of the still borns.tgeres been a couple that never stood before they were a day old that we were able to save
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Are they birthing outside? Are they birthing just in a big group? What is the temp?
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You got them already bred? It is possible that maybe the buck passed some disease to all the does- chlamydia comes to mind-
You may want to get a vet involved for a necropsy if any more kids die. So sorry for all your losses.
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The goats are on mineral have just below what I'd call horse quality hay and nannies look to be in top shape.
Are you feeding a commercial feed and are the goats being offered alfalfa hay or pellets?
So sorry for your losses! We seem to have more questions than answers right now. You'll get good advice here though.

It seems like it's something internal/mineral to me. How's selenium where you are? Check milk supply on dams and consider BOSE injections if you are low. I'd take away the blocks and just use good loose mineral. Excess salt may slow mineral consumption.

What other symptoms? Are the stillborns fully formed? How's FAMACHA? A necropsy on one can tell you a lot and pay for itself pretty quickly, and/or blood test on an a couple adults will show deficiency.
I feed a Purina mineral that's labeled for goats. They have a trace mineral block and a salt block just cause that's what we do for our cattle. All the nannies look sharp but I do question their milk production.i never thought about weighing them and as far there birth I was there within an hour on several of the still borns.tgeres been a couple that never stood before they were a day old that we were able to save
For the still borns, did their dams clean them off? It could have been that they didn't clean them off.. I almost lost a kid once cuz my doe didn't clean her off.. I got there a few minutes after she was born and was able to get her breathing but she was always really weak.

I would take out the mineral blocks and just give them a loose mineral. I give my goats Purina Wind and Rain cattle mineral. I will also give my goats those mineral buckets every now and then, but it's more for a treat.

Monitor the babies closely, after a doe gives birth make sure the baby is well cleaned off and has nursed. Check the does udder to make sure she has milk. If the baby seems floppy/weak maybe consider giving it a tiny bit of selenium gel....especially if your does have not gotten selenium.

I hope the rest of your babies make it! Good luck!
Housing can also play a very important role. Goat kids aren鈥檛 like cattle or sheep. They need to be in a warm draft free shelter in order to get dried off and not get hypothermic. Goat kids cannot retain their body heat for at least three days, depending on the dam for milk and dry warm area. So many things here that can contribute 鈥 hence the bunch of questions to help you figure this out.
I would get a vet involved.
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