Hello, I am a new goat owner and I need some help. I bought a Nubian goat a couple weeks ago, she is young, but on grain/hay. she had been eating about 1/2 a cup of goat chow in the morning and evening, she eats her fill, she could have more if she wanted. I have been keeping her and a baby (bottle fed) in an enclosed barn with hay.
She has been eating and drinking fine. She poo's and pees on a regular basis, both look normal.
Today, we left her in a penned area for a good part of the day to let her eat some fresh grass. This evening, she doesn't seem to want to walk and she is standing kind of hunched over and seems very uncomfortable. Can anyone please help me with this?
Sounds like she bloated and can't get rid of the gas. If you have a Gas X strip give her one if not a table spoon of baking soda in a little water and drenched with that. Check out the section on bloat. Frothy bloat can kill your goat and in a hurry so you want to relieve the gas asap if that is what is going on. In the future change the ration slow time the grazings for awhile so they don't over eat. If you have CD$T vaccine you should give her 2cc once you are past this. Get a gas X !!!
I don't know how old she is for sure. I bought her at an auction and I don't know much about her. The only experience i have had with a goat in the past was a pygmy i got right after he was weaned, i knew who he was from. I know she is small enough for me to pick up, maybe 25 pounds...the baby is on a bottle and this gal isn't at all interested in a bottle. her horns have been removed and it looks like that was don't awhile ago.
i should clarify, i have NOT seen her poo or pee this evening, but she was fine this morning. there shouln't have been anythng in the pen that could harm her.
No GasX, so i tried the baking soda, she wasn't fond of that! i didn't get a lot in her, but hopefully, enough to help.
I use mineral oil with a Tum I crushed between spoons for flavor so they know to swallow when I drench it. Works really good and has helped me save many animals from their throats closing off from the gas that was trapped. You also need a ProBio Paste but if you have any yogurt tonight that could be drenched to help the rumen until you get the ProBios.
thanks so much for everyone for your comments/suggestions, i have been out massaging her belly and walking her, it took some time but i got some really good burps out of her. She also poo'ed a little. She seems much better and i have learned to limit her time in pen.
will she at one point get where i can leave her out all day in the summer, if i gradually increast her time, or should i always limit her time with "real" grass?
You should be able to leave her out there longer each time really, just don't put her out with an empty stomach that will limit that urge to gorge some and water down the fresh stuff. It helps if you were to put a little Dawn dish soap in the water it breaks foam bubbles. I put 2 hand fulls in 100 gal. Just put some in your hand and wash them in the water tank. Also if you have a place to feed the soda free choice thats great, otherwise put a teaspoon full in her cup of grain in the morning before letting her out. She should adjust as long as it is not a field of alfalfa or clover and then thats a different story.
I feed a little hay before mine go out. I wait until the sun burns the dew off the top of the grass and the slugs travel down closer to the earth. I try and have all goats up to date on the CD/T shots. I give fresh clean water everyday and the bigger tanks that are outside get dumped and scrubbed once a week. Glad to hear she is better. She will also need a block or something to stand her front feet on so she can elevate her front end to help pass her methane.
Feeding hay first is a really good way to keep them from gobbling up too much green grass too fast. Good job on getting things under control and noticing there was a problem before it became too serious. The best thing you can do for your goats is be alert to potential problems and not ignore things that seem a bit "off". Goats often hide illness until it is almost too late to save them.
Thanks again everyone, I was out at 5:30 this morning checking on Cynthia, she seemed better, but still not 100%. I did some more massaging and got a couple more burps out of her, by the time I left for work, she was looking much more normal. I really do apprecaite all the tips and comments!