Post by zabethebabe on Mar 5, 2010 15:22:34 GMT -5
Okay, I don't know if this is in the the right section or not, but here goes. We have a LaMancha doe, about 3 years old, which we acquired about 3 weeks ago. She has had a very difficult time settling in, as our Boer doe has decided to use her as an opportunity to move up the pecking order in the barn. She spends a lot of time hiding in corners. She is in milk, and recently bred as well. She appears to have lost weight since we got her, but she eats on the milking stand. We also pen her up separately at night about 50% of the time, so she can eat well and get some undisturbed rest. About a week ago, I noticed she seemed to be in a heavy molt. Now it is clear her hair is coming out in small clumps along her spine and upper back. She has been wormed recently, and just finished a round of antibiotics for some winter sniffles. I do not see any sign of lice, and her eye color is good, so I don't really suspect worms. IS there some sort of disease that causes hair loss in goats, or could it all be brought on by trauma and stress?
Post by silverthorn on Mar 5, 2010 19:50:59 GMT -5
It could be stress, but I have an animal that is as flighty as a bird, partially blind, and low on the pecking order. Unless your doe has some kind of mental problem, it's probably not stress.
Probios never hurts after antibiotic therapy.
She's probably low on calcium and copper, which is very common in nearly all goats, and particularly in preggers or lactating ladies. I give my preggers four-six Posture-D tablets a day, 2-3 in the morning, and then again in the evening. CMPK is an oral calcium gel you can buy. If you're fortunate enough to have alfalfa hay available, that free-choice will do for the tablets. Dairy goats need a ton of calcium, and the best way to give it to them is with good alfalfa hay.
You can buy copper boluses. Free choice mineral is good as well, and should be available to all goats all the time. Copper deficiency is a big cause of hair loss.
"Poor God," Blackthorne said. "The stupidities He gets blamed for!" -Shogun, James Clavell
Silver hit the nail on the head , Cal- mineral problems , look for loose minerals LOW in salt less than 20% and high in copper over 1500ppm. If she is bred you need to get a handle on this or it could turn into a big problem later on.
Who turned on the eletric fence without telling me? X#!
Post by garysfarmer on Mar 10, 2010 5:49:21 GMT -5
In addition to the previous good advice, I have a question & a suggestion. When you wormed them was it orally? If it's the mange (which is mites that burrow under the skin) you will need to give them a shot sq (under the skin). I give the same dosage as if treating for worms to keep resistance down.
For the first time since I had goats (4-5yrs) one of them developed the mange. None of the others got it and I don't have a clue how she did. Her hair came out pretty bad - in the cold of winter. I gave her a shot of ivermectin sq and also bathed her with permethrin 10. In addition since she and another doe were with kids I bathed all of them and treated their living quarters. It took about two weeks and I started seeing a difference. good luck.
One way to detect mites/lice is to look at their coats. It should looked semi brushed. If you see little patches sticking up then they are scratching. The patches sticking up comes from using their horns to scratch with.
Post by fcdairygoats on Apr 16, 2010 14:49:16 GMT -5
First make sure your wormer is working. Second it could be mites/lice. I have two does in the barn that started losing their hair, not in clumps like yours, but definately thinning out quite a bit. I found lice on them so I need to dose them this evening.