I have a couple nigerians who seem to be suffering from side effects of copper issues (a red goat with bleached out color, fish tails, course hair, flaky skin) now with that being said I am nervous about bolusing with copper rods. I would actually have to get some since I don't have any on hand. ARe there other ways to get copper supplements to goats. NOw mind you I am using free choice sweetlix meatmaker and they are eating it up! I believe the grain ration I feed (I don't give much to them) also has some copper in it. I have also read where it is recommended to give Se alone with the copper and/or zinc. I have several tubes of vit/mineral combos.. would these be recommended and if so for how long/how much? some of the ones I have on hand include the blue mineral max paste/gel, Se/E gel, a couple others I think too (can't recall off top of my head) also have some human grade zinc picolinate on hand as well in form of capsules. the stumper on this is that it seems out of all the goats that only about a third of them have the copper issues going on...hmmmm
I would be very cautious about supplementing the copper other than the minerals. I had a doe that showed signs of copper deficiency, but blood tests did not confirm that diagnosis. The vet refused to advise on how to supplement as copper toxicity is much worse than copper deficiency and it is very easy to overdose them on copper.
Post by callen022471 on Mar 1, 2010 10:39:46 GMT -5
I had signs of copper deficiency in my goats after they had spent the summer on pasture with my sheep (which are copper sensitive - so have to have a mineral low in copper). I separated the goats from the sheep and started them on a regular goat mineral - and supplementing with a goat feed that is definitely copper rich (I checked the label) and within a couple of months all signs of the copper deficiency (flaky skin, dry crunchy coat etc) went away...I am guessing that now they are on the right stuff, your goats will recover just fine in time too - and it may pay just to be patient
I am hoping so.. bolusing scares me for some reason.. anyway and it is only a couple goats that are affected.. I have a black pygmy who shows no signs.. go figure.. part of me is concerned however because I have only city water which supplements with low flouride which is known to be problematic in goats.. I am just wondering if maybe there is issue with some mineral absorbtion fully occurring.. I don't seem to have the issues with dentritis/teeth issues of high doses of flouride but seem to have copper issues.. does anyone have thoughts on this? and as far as water goes.. I don't have the thousands of dollars to drill a well, buy bottled water or install a filtering system that would end up costing thousands of dollars a year too.. outside of tips of tails showing, a couple rough coats and one with flaky skin, everyone is doing fine..