We had twins born this morning. The little doe is doing great. She is very active. However, the male is having trouble with his front legs. It seems that they are stiff. When he walks his back legs work fine but his front legs shuffle when he walks. He is not being very active. He is eating good. Any thoughts?
Post by Rose's Goats on Jun 18, 2009 10:19:44 GMT -5
Probably needs a little selenium. Where are you located? Most of the USA is selenium deficient and goats need a good amount to stay healthy. I would get Selenium/E gel from Jeffer's Livestock Supply and give him a little of that.
Also loose goat minerals given to your pregnant goats will help a lot with any leg problems the kids will have. I used to have all my kids born with bent legs, stiff legs, weak legs. Once I started all the does on loose goat minerals, all my kids have come out with perfectly straight legs and are up and actually running in minutes of birth. It's amazing!! Sweetlix Meatmaker 16:8 is one of the better mineral blends for all types of goats. You can special order it through most feed stores. Mineral blocks, salt blocks, and even the "softer" protien blocks are useless for goats! They are way too hard for goats to get enough minerals out of them and goats need a surprising amount of minerals for their body size. Also most minerals that are not formulated specifically for goats do NOT have enough copper in them because sheep can not have copper. So if you feed an "all stock" mineral your goats will not get enough copper.
I recommend some selenium for the baby and some loose GOAT minerals for the momma.
Post by Rose's Goats on Jun 19, 2009 8:06:35 GMT -5
Yes, they do usually grow out of it, even it if it selenium deficiency. I still recommend loose minerals for the does and other adult goats because bent legs at birth usually point to selenium deficiency.