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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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Have you tested fecals for cocci?
I guess that can be a problem even without showing runny poo as a symptom.
Some of my goats were slower growing this year due to the extra long hot summer. It got early and stayed hot and they just didn’t really grow 🤷🏼‍♀️
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You mean coccidia? I have not. How would that be done? I'm guessing by a vet? Could I not just treat them? I've dealt with it before in poultry.
You can have their fecal tested by a vet for a full panel to include coccidia or send to meadowmist labs.
That would be a good start. Just to help you confirm they are not having any worm issue.
Maybe somebody else has something else to suggest as well. It sounds like they have a good diet and plenty of food tho 🤷🏼‍♀️
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