What grain? What is supplement pellets? BOSS and sunflower seeds? How much of both sunflower seeds are she getting per day?
She was getting a specific goat blend and now a general ruminant blend from our local co op for grain. I looked at the bag and what I’ve been calling ‘supplement pellets’ is manna pro goat balancer. She gets BOSS & pumpkin seeds, not BOSS & Sunflower seeds, good catch. She gets about a tablespoon of sunflower seeds a day mixed w her grain & pumpkin seeds. Thanks for clarifying those things! I’ll adjust the original post.What grain? What is supplement pellets? BOSS and sunflower seeds? How much of both sunflower seeds are she getting per day?
I will post the label next time I buy feed. Thank you for the suggestions!I would use up what you have of the goat balancer and stop it. It really doesn't do much. I'd also do probiotics daily and do that indefinitely. Can you post the label for your grain?
Thanks!She doesn't look bad to me! It takes some time for them to get back in good health especially with having recently kidded. I would continue with a good goat grain (we like Kalmbach Milk and Meat), hay, water, and minerals. I don't add extras to the grain as I'm a believer that they're designed to have the correct ratios as they are. You can feed alfalfa pellets free choice as well and that will put weight on. Lead up to free choice though, they typically love the alfalfa pellets and will gorge on them and get an upset stomach so go slow. If you still don't see the results you want you can add a top dress like purina heavy weight. It's made for show animals but is good for fattening up any animal that's not an easy keeper.
Thanks for the suggestions! Do I need a specific type of cod liver oil? Drench or on top of feed?She doesn't look to bad - wait a few months from when she got her last bolus and see how she looks. She looks to be in a fine weight to me. The flaky skin is likely zinc or vitamin related - I would add TruCare4 top dress mineral blend for some extra copper and selenium, and I would also add cod liver oil (0.45cc per 10lbs) once a day for three days then twice weekly thereafter for a few weeks. See if there's any change.
Thanks for sharing! Is there a specific kind of zinc tablet you use?My "black" or "red " goats get their copper boluses every 3 months. I go by their weight to give them copper on top of their feed. During my goats shedding of winter to summer coats. They look.awful with the drying hair getting ready to shed. Once they shed put, the hair is nice. If not,,I check their skin for lice, mites, View attachment 209188 or any parasite. If none, I do a fecal. If worming is required, I go by weight. If they dont need that I give them an Vitc drench with a zinc tablet. Then I wait 2 weeks to see any changes. If no hair changes they get electrolytes in their water+ apple cider vinegar for 3 days. That usually clears mine up.
Thank you!!For cod liver oil, gel caps are great for babies but you will need larger dose for adults. Find a liquid form.
Zinc..we buy drops. It's easy to give but any 50 mg pill is fine..if they don't eat freely..can crush and add to water and drench it.
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I make a mix of wheat germ oil and Flax seed in a bit if coconut oil and feed about a tablespoon 1-2x a day. Helps that dry flaky skin.