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    12-06-2011, 03:03 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Hay is good for them... they'll prefer WEEDY hay, believe it or not. I have two Nigerian Dwarf goats, my BO throws any bales or flakes of weedy hay in a pile for me, I bring it home and the goats are in heaven. I have tons of weed-free, beautiful horse-quality Timothy hay I bought for my cows and the goats throw a tantrum about having to eat it when I run out of weedy hay.

You can let them roam your yard and eat weeds, mine do a great job at that and with 15 acres of grass/weeds around my house, they don't leave even though it's not fenced (they are penned at night as we have tons of coyotes around here).
     
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    12-06-2011, 03:19 PM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Delfina    
Hay is good for them... they'll prefer WEEDY hay, believe it or not. I have two Nigerian Dwarf goats, my BO throws any bales or flakes of weedy hay in a pile for me, I bring it home and the goats are in heaven. I have tons of weed-free, beautiful horse-quality Timothy hay I bought for my cows and the goats throw a tantrum about having to eat it when I run out of weedy hay.

You can let them roam your yard and eat weeds, mine do a great job at that and with 15 acres of grass/weeds around my house, they don't leave even though it's not fenced (they are penned at night as we have tons of coyotes around here).
i live in a neighborhood whre my neighbors are right next door and behind me. Sooo letting them roam probably wont work.. (as well as I live next to a busy highway)
     
    12-06-2011, 03:24 PM
  #13
Yearling
They should be fine on hay alone, grain is just another expense to you, they probably would like vegetables and some fruits you or your family aren't going to eat, they'll tell you what they like to eat.
     
    12-14-2011, 12:50 PM
  #14
Yearling
Unlike sheep goats need some copper in their diet. That said be very careful feeding grain to wethers. They are more prone to getting calcium blockages than any other regularly kept animal. A mineral salt block should be provided or loose minerals designed for goats. I give my goats a little complete horse feed and hay stretcher along with free choice hay. Mine are loose to forage but it's winter and snow covered right now. Goats aren't much for getting wet.

Copper's Role in Goat Health by John Hibma from the May/June 2009 issue of Dairy Goat Journal. Presenting information, ideas, and insights for everyone who raises, manages, or just loves goats.
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    12-15-2011, 08:46 PM
  #15
Yearling
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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    12-16-2011, 10:26 AM
  #16
Yearling
Almond Joy just a question when I was in 4-H they were in poor practice of keeping dairy goats thin, saying that is the way they should look. They need a lot more food and calories when kidding and lactating. They aren't muscly but there isn't a good reason for them to look under conditioned and thin. (They may right after kidding and for a little while but besides). I don't know what kind of thin you might mean, but what I see is ribs and hips and maybe spine stinking out.

If the goats are wethers give them apple cider vinegar is suppose to help with blockages, having a couple for over 5 years we've never had a problem.
     
    12-16-2011, 12:05 PM
  #17
Weanling
Ok I have a question, in response to saying that the goats can eat Christmas trees ( I was wondering about that earlier) I had heard certain types of them were not good for goats? Anyone know which trees they can and cannot eat? I have a GORGEOUS huge silvertip which I think is a type of fir??? That they would love I am sure, after the holiday, but how can I be sure that type of tree is safe for them? I do also have sheep in pasture with my goats. Thanks!
     
    12-16-2011, 12:12 PM
  #18
Yearling
Should be okay to give them it, but make sure it hasn't had pesticides and stuff used on it (the people that you bought it from should be able to tell you or at least give you a contact so you can find out). If you don't know don't give it to them. If you're still concerned about if it is safe, they might get poisoned or something keep activated charcoal around (I use the stuff for fish tank filters), or the stuff bought in a tube. I've personal never heard for any evergreen type trees being bad for them, maybe it was the only things they are eating but that is about it.
     
    12-16-2011, 12:25 PM
  #19
Weanling
Thank you....we go up into the mountains and cut them fresh ourselves so I know it has not been treated with anything ;) Sorry about the hijack...oops but to OP, hay is the BEST for them and then I would personally swap veggies for the grain. They just adore the veggies and it will be much better for them. They will be happy little campers for sure!
     
    12-16-2011, 08:15 PM
  #20
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Cruiser    
Almond Joy just a question when I was in 4-H they were in poor practice of keeping dairy goats thin, saying that is the way they should look. They need a lot more food and calories when kidding and lactating. They aren't muscly but there isn't a good reason for them to look under conditioned and thin. (They may right after kidding and for a little while but besides). I don't know what kind of thin you might mean, but what I see is ribs and hips and maybe spine stinking out.

If the goats are wethers give them apple cider vinegar is suppose to help with blockages, having a couple for over 5 years we've never had a problem.
They aren't exactly thin, it's just how dairy goats look. Just look at the champion ADGA's (I actually went to that show in Mass. It was awesome!) they should show a bit of ribs towards their rear and a bit of hip-bone... It's just how they are. The same with dairy cows.
     

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