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Why are my goats so little?

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So I kept these two doeling kids from 2022's kidding, due to me loving their confirmation and believing they would make great milkers.
The Nubian, Violet, was born March 9th and the LaMancha, Ava, was born March 17th. Guys, they have grown like at all in the last several months!!!
I find it very worrying. Last time I weighed them they each weighed around 50 pounds (I need to reweigh them). They are very healthy, lively, sassy gals, they're just tiny! They nursed until they were around 5 months old, have high quality Alfalfa/Orchard Grass hay, free choice minerals, and pasture. I've dewormed them, but they've never had worms.
I need help!
Please note I'm a herbal farmer, and do not give antibiotics or chemical dewormers UNLESS I have a sick goat and the vet prescribes it, and these girls are not sick. And my goats that are pregnant/lactating get Soy-Free, Non-GMO Dairy feed w/ Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Alfalfa Pellets, and Non-GMO Whole Corn mixed in; if y'all think it would help I could start giving them some too.

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I would re-weigh, sometimes they are bigger than you think. Coccidia and heavy worm loads can stunt growth, as mentioned above. Sometimes the kids will not show many obvious symptoms, so a fecal would be good. I've never had LaManchas, but I raise Nubians and they often just grow slowly. They will continue growing until they're approx. 3 years old. That's why I wait til their second fall to breed, as I feel they need that full first year to grow and mature. I have a Nubian doeling right now who is a little on the small side. She is plenty long and wide, so I went ahead and bred her to kid as a 2 year old. Her dad and half brother both took a long time to reach their full height, so I expect she will get there eventually. She is quite healthy, just taking her sweet time to grow.
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