I am in 4H and have been leasing DAIRY goats for two years.
Dairy goats are different than pygmys/miniatures in many ways. Dairy goats are much bonier, and sometimes appear to be skinny but really aren't. When in milk, they get fed about 1 flake per 2 goats every evening, and grain while they are milked two times a day. They also have over 5 acres full of pasture/brush to graze on.
That being said, you should only feed your wethers about a flake a day, and maybe a flake and a half in the winter because they use more energy staying warm. Be Verrryyyy careful with the grain and wethers, they are more prone to urinary calculi when on too much grain, which is very often fatal. They should also have free-choice goat mineral/ salt block. Goats SHOULD get copper, they absolutely need it. However, it is deadly to sheep. They should also always have fresh water. Also, goats tend to like leafier hay, not stemmier things, and they will often pick through it. A common misconception is that goats like bad hay, but that's totally wrong. 2nd or 3rd cut is best.
If you have anymore questions, ask me. I'd be glad to help.
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Last edited by Almond Joy; 12-15-2011 at 09:48 PM.
Reason: More info