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    01-10-2012, 10:26 PM
Corn and oats work well for goats...depending on there size they should get 1 to 1 1/2 lbs of feed a day..
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    01-11-2012, 12:31 AM
Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
Well, I've had my goats for about 6 months. (Dwarf Nubian/Pygmy cross, so theyre fairly small) When I got them it was from a BYB and they were skinny (not bad) but you could tell they were the ones pushed around in the herd. They were about 5 months old when I got them.

This is the first time I have had my own goats so I wasnt too sure how to exactly feed them. I did alot of research online and what I have been feeding them is Producers Pride All Stock Sweet Feed at Tractor Supply and one flake of hay. One flake in the AM & one handful of grain at night. I was feeding them 2 flakes of hay in the AM and 2 handfuls of grain at night but they were getting HUGE. So I cut back.

Does this sound bad? Am I over/under feeding them? Theyre completely healthy and happy.

Heres a few pics. The first one is when I first got them and the second is from last month.
I've just started getting into the wonderful world of mini Nubian goats. I bought from an experienced breeder who is really helping get the hang of this. One thing she told me is not to give the males any grain or alfalfa. My two boys live in the backyard for now and get a handful of hay, most of which they waste. I also give them a small handful of goat treats I bought from tractor supply. They have goat minerals and baking soda available free choice. I think if you just supply your guys with the minerals, baking soda and hay they should be quite happy.

Meet Dutch (white with black) and Dexter (black with white).
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    01-11-2012, 09:37 AM
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According to the pictures, they look fine in terms of weight. Like several others have mentioned, goats DO need copper. Depending on which part of the country you live in they sometimes need extra copper supplements and selenium supplementation too. A good goat mineral should be able to help balance what they need. Just follow the directions on the bag if you opt for loose minerals and there are also specially designed goat mineral blocks available at most feed supply places.
As for the hay, I would suggest splitting up the hay they need to feed half in the AM and other half in the PM. It will keep them more content, and I also second the no grain needed, unless they loose body conditioning.
Dairy goats usually need a richer hay that is higher in protein, and Nigerians, non-breeding/milking mini Nubians, and wethers can generally get by with a lower protein hay. I have several different breeds of goats and my Nigerians and mini Nubians can gain weight just by smelling grain!
Do educate yourself about the worming needs in your area and the best wormers to use. Internal parasites are usually the goats biggest enemy.
They are both very adorable!
    01-17-2012, 01:44 AM
We feed the goats at the ranch plain old hay....though one did (we get new ones every summer as they're to expensive to keep over the winter) have a habit of escaping and eating anything green...
    01-17-2012, 10:04 AM
I actually raise and show Nigerians ( a dairy breed) and have been for a while so I have a lot o experience with goats :)
I would feed grain. But just a little ( like 1 or 2 handfuls). Since they are 5 months old they are still really growing. I would feed them a GOAT grain ( you can get it at TSC). Purina Noble goat ( TSC) has ammonium chloride in it which prevents Urinary stones and such. In the picture they appear slightly underweight to me. With big bellies- they may have worms. Ivermectin no longer works with goats usually so I would use either Cydectin or Panacur,though I don't know your area. Just make sure they don't get fat. ( not good for wethers.)
You can stop feeding grain in a few months and then just feed it in the winter. The amount of hay you are feeding them sounds good. Though I feed all my young kids free choice hay. You can feed them fruit and veggies (check to see if they are poisonious to goats)
Goats actually do much better with a loose mineral and need a mineral especially for goats as they need a high amount of Copper.
Make sure you trim hooves regularly.
Well, that is all I can think of at the moment but you can ask me any questions.
    01-17-2012, 10:09 AM
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Those pics are from the summer. I will get some new ones now as they are hue with there winter hair and bellies. Now depending on how cold it is I'll either feed them hay or if it's not so cold they get a scoop of grain morning and night. (scoop is very small, about the size of a handful)
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    01-17-2012, 07:57 PM
Ok, that sounds good!! I admire you for your attentiveness and care to your goats!!!
Lots of people with goats that I see have a " I don't care- they can eat tin cans" attitude.
    01-17-2012, 09:34 PM
Also my friend has a goat and they give him their pumpkins after Halloween...and. Isaw a woman on the news who fed her goats Christmas trees her friends and neighbors brought theirs too
    01-17-2012, 10:50 PM
Green Broke
I gae mine the branches of the tree and they loved it.
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    01-18-2012, 01:30 AM
I have 10 goats. 9 pygmys and 1 big mix breed. They get hay in the morning and 2 scoops of sweet feed in their trough once every other day. They are all a good weight. I have a couple older ones so they don't keep weight without grain. Mine have a stall in the barn with a door that leads out too their fence.

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