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Hi, I am wondering if it would be safe to give a 4 gram copper bolus to my 11 month old ND. She is around 40 pounds. Only reason I don’t really want to buy the 2 gram is because I have two other does I have to copper bolus and they need more than 2 grams. Is there a chance of overdosing her?
 

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Interesting, all these years and I just assumed the hair loss on the nose this time of year was more from them rubbing on the hay feeders? I'd heard of hair loss around the eyes, or random hair loss, but didn't realize, this balding on the nose was deficiency? Our goats are usually out browsing/grazing outside of winter, and don't eat much hay, so that's what we assumed the hair loss this time of year was from.
However, this winter has been something else entirely. I've seen more symptoms this winter alone - rough coat, fish tail, and 1 doe has had really poor parasite resistance when she's never had an issue in her life.
So... last month we gave everyone a bolus, except 4 does. I keep getting behind on that one pen, so we'll work on getting their copper today. One of those does has a very bald nose.

We have a buck that started showing copper deficiency signs. I treated them on 2/17. I worried the one that is showing symptoms was wormy, but there wasn't a single egg in his fecal. He's had some mites that we treated them for. He received about 10-11 grams on 2/17 (230lbs his brother is 250lbs and looks fine). He is shedding out his winter coat like crazy right now, but here are pictures from yesterday. You can see the tail, the rough coat regardless of shedding, bridge of his nose is bald but he is bad about rubbing his head and face on everything (just tore through the last bit of wire fence he had access to ugh!) so we'd assumed that was the case. Hair is growing back in you can see in a video below some lingering spots of Nustock.






I took these pictures to show new goat friends what deficiency looks like.

This is a video of them from yesterday

I'm planning to put Nustock on his tail tip just to see if it does anything for him. We're starting to change their feed which will be higher in copper with the supplements, so I am hoping along with bolus' and feed change, that will be enough. I can get these guys to eat loose minerals a bit, but overall no matter what kind I've tried over the years, our goats are just not big mineral eaters...
 
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