The chews up ears, is the hair missing around the edges? If it is that could be mild frostbite that he could have gotten. As to the missing patch of hair, yes I believe that would be mineral related. Minerals are SO important in a goats diet, if they are mineral deficient they will have a lot more troubles with health related issues. If you can keep your goats properly mineralized, you can usually keep your goats healthy.
beside hay,i feed a 16% rolled oats, barley mixture, and top dress Calf manna (1/2 cup). and baking soda sprinkled (just a pinch) on top. is this enough or should i be giving him more? - i think your right about the frostbite it gets cold up here it can reach -40 in january. thanks
If you have a way that you can order minerals and bring them up there that would probably be the best. Maybe talk with other goat breeders in the area and see if you could split the cost and truck a ton of minerals up. Sweetlix Meat Maker is the best, although I've had good luck with a company out of WI called Crystal Creek.
Zinc could be a possibility, you could put a zinc cream on the scabs and see if that does anything. If you know where you can get copper(unless he is ok on copper) copper supplementing wouldn't hurt him either.
Ok, I'm going to try to give you a link to a site about copper dosing. http://www.u-sayranch.com/goats/index.html she has a lot of information on the site. Now, I haven't actually tried the copper dosing, but someone suggested this site a while back which is how I got to the site. Good luck.
He has to have minerals. That is a big part of his problem. If you go to your feed store(s) and ask if they will order it in. I agree Sweetlix is the best. My store will order in as many bags as I want. If i only want one that is what they order. Also they do make a Sweet lix mineral block. I have used them also.
okay!! :leap: I got the sweetlix! (meat Maker) i'm going to put it directly on his feed. how much should i put on? --also Sweetlix is safe for pregnant does as well? thanks!! -The tea tree oil dried the scabs nicely.