I am a new goat momma to 2 nigerian dwarf kids. Sorry in advance for all the questions. My doeling is 9 weeks old and my wether is 10 weeks. I noticed yesterday some clumping stools and my wether had a soft mushy green stool while I was standing there. It only happened once to my knowledge. I didn't find anything this morning. I will be bringing in a stool sample in the morning. They are bottle babies and get whole cows milk morning and night.They will not drink water - is the milk enough right now or how do I get them to drink water? My doeling gained about 1.5lbs this past week and my wether 2lbs. Is that good? They have free choice when it comes to their alfalfa hay and outside pen has lots of weeds, grass and trees. Should I be giving them any kind of pellet? I noticed when trimming hooves last night that there was some flaking on the sides?They have been without loose minerals for about 5 days (order to be delivered tomorrow). Could that have anything to do with it? Is there anything else I should be doing?
Clumping can be triggered by many things. Changes in food (type or amount), hot weather, different grass/weeds/hay consumed. A fecal test is a great idea before administering worm medicine, especially in a younger goat such as yours are. I would have fresh water available to them in a bucket so they can drink it as needed. As they age, they will drink more of it. You could start introducing grain anytime. Only give a very small amount to them once or twice a day. I would give no more than a cup to a kid that age. Feed them using a clean feed pan. Let them have access to it for 10 to 15 minutes twice a day and pick up the pan and whatever is uneaten so the pan stays clean and they are not walking in it, urinating/pooping in it, etc. They should have access to hay and pasture, which it sounds like you are providing. Loose minerals are good. You can also give baking soda free choice to help with digestion. The flaking on the hooves could just be due to dry weather.
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Post by Bob Breese on Jun 20, 2020 18:44:03 GMT -5
Just wanted to add my two cents worth: basically echoing goatmom's comments in that it sounds like you are doing everything just about right. Sometimes when they eat a little too much of a good thing, their stools will become "clumpy" or even a little (or a lot!) runny. It usually goes away the next day.
Please share results of stool sample.
I like to have various meds on hand to treat something that may be infectious in nature. Thanks to the do-gooders most of the good medicines have been taken off the market (they seem to think it's better to let an animal die than to give it life-savings drugs). Currently available is "SpectoGard (Spectinomycin). It's labeled for pig scours, but it works fairly well on goats. I use Sulmet, but you can no longer get it. For larger goats, you may still be able to get Sustain III (timed release, 50 lb dose) if you buy a whole bottle or box. They are too large for little kids.
For the time being it might be a good a idea to back off a little on the feed. As goatmom said pellets (concentrate such as Dairy 16 or Purina Goat Chow) can be added in small amounts.
In conclusion, most goat poop problems come from too much food.
Let us know how they're doing.
Last Edit: Jun 20, 2020 18:45:09 GMT -5 by Bob Breese