I have a 3 mos old nubian/boer doe. She is nursing off momma, but momma seems to be getting a little bony. Think she needs a break. The kid eats hay and brush ok, but when it comes to grain, she runs up to the feeder with the other goats, but just stands there looking around like, "what's all the fuss about?" How do I get her to eat grain and should I just let the mother wean her or get her off by separating her?
Post by garysfarmer on Sept 19, 2010 15:34:42 GMT -5
mama's usually loose weight when nursing. Did you worm her after giving birth? Check her eyelids for color. I usually let the mama wean them. There's different opinions about when to wean. I would increase her proten/grain intake to help her keep the weight on. When you see the kid start nursing and mama walks away that is usually the start of the natural weaning process, unless mama has other problems.
If you didn't worm her then she's suffering from a worm overload. This happens when they go through the stress of giving birth. The worms will start laying "thousands" of eggs when a goat gets stressed.
Post by Rose's Goats on Sept 20, 2010 7:41:40 GMT -5
The best way to wean is to separate mom and kid for a month or two. If you are worried about mom, I would separate so she can dry off and kid can be weaned. Once the kid realizes that she is not getting any more milk, she will start to eat more grain. She probably doesn't eat grain a lot now because she gets delicious milk to fill her up. Once the milk is gone, she won't starve, she'll eat grain. Goats are very smart and won't starve to death if they don't have to :-)
Thanks for the advice. The whole gang has been wormed today. Now I have to decide whether I can handle 2 screaming goats if I separate Ma and baby. They scream if they get separated by accident. I can imagine what it will be like if it's deliberate!
Post by Rose's Goats on Sept 21, 2010 8:44:40 GMT -5
Nubians are screamers! Don't worry, once they loose their voices from screaming, it's much more maneagable! :-) They will quiet down after a couple of weeks of being separated. I am just glad my goat barn is behind the house where I can't hear the Nubians scream at weaning time.