Our Dixie Dear kidded!

Discussion in 'Mini Mania' started by Laurel_Haven, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. enjoytheride

    enjoytheride New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Humboldt Co Ca
    You're right about the learning curve in a new area- many years ago, when I was going to be transferred to here, I subscribed to a news paper to get a rental set up for me and my animal. All the house ads kept say flat land and sunny- I thought how weird- how could sunny be a selling point. Then I moved and found that a whole lot of the land was either mountain (pretty straight up and down) and sunny or flat and foggy. Now I have the best of both worlds- nothing is quite flat whereI live and I get lots of fog too.
    Hay here is difficult at best and local stuff tends to look like someone baled what should have gone into the compost. You go into the feed store and ask for either local hay or import hay - import is usually from about 100 miles away.
    Maybe your goats are transitioning to deal with new vitamin and minerals content of local stuff. Maybe the local vet can tell you what mineral mix is best for your area- having things the local area lacks.
  2. cute kids

    cute kids Guest

    Oct 5, 2007
    and the fact that one twin is just fine further backs just bad cards for the other little guy you lost. if this case were environmental in any way, it should have affected BOTH twins. your other loses could have been other things, but this one just happened to come during this bad year with most likely nothing to do with where you live or what color car you drive.

  3. goatstafson

    goatstafson New Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    SOrry you are having this. I hope you get an answer, although sometimes things just happen.
  4. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    I understand about the hay. Even here from one year to another, the quality changes big time. What I have done is just make sure they have a good loose mineral, at all times and I also leave out sea Kelp. I have noticed that lately they have really gone after the mineral. I do not know why, but they have.
  5. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Hey there Tina, I was wondering about something possibly contributing to your string of bad luck, since your goats are used to having the lush green growth that they used to have and the hay may be so-so quality, is it possible that they are eating plants that might contribute to the kid deaths? I don't know if you have the same shrubs and brush that we have here that they would eat even though they shouldn't.

    Just hope its just bad luck and nothing more serious than that. I'm sure you have racked your brain over this....don't give up yet, the answers are there, it's just knowing how to find them thats nerve racking.

    And that little guy is VERY lucky to have such a devoted "goatmom".