so we went to the horse sale last night and there was a little nanny goat caughing and such so we decided to spend 25$ and take the poor gal home. she seems to be pregnant, probably around 15 weeks i would assume, when the vet comes out to check mom's horse we are going to get her checked too, we decided to name her Asia, today we picked up some grain for her, and she seeems to be on the skinny side so she LOVED that, as well as we gave her some cucumbers and squash, we don't really know anything about goats, but now we are cramming down research, right now she's in the 8x12 pen out back, with a decent sized dog house and tarps keeping the sun and rain off of her, but she will move over to the horses after she kids, and after we move the horses to a goat safe pasture in a couple of weeks.
She is lucky she found you. =3
thank you so much! i went out there earlier today, and it feels like those ligaments have went away so i think i may have guessed wrong and she may be closer then we thought, her udder seems tight, but idk about shiny, i don't want to shave her udder and tail and cause her more stress since she isn't used to us or being shaved. so i think we'll just leave her and make sure to clean her up really good after. she is eating but not a whole lot it seems, she was laying out there on the ground heaving, but i didn't see any brown discharge so i don't think she's THAT close yet.
Awww she looks so young, too bad she is pregnant :( I would recommend shaving her tail but you can leave the udder the tail just gets sooo icky and you will have to clean her every day in order to keep it clean. I also recommend you get her CAE tested when the vet comes out. Make sure she gets plenty of alfalfa after the babies arrive and mine always get oatmeal and molasses as a treat after birthing.
Asia is a Pygmy goat(: I have 4 goats ( 2 are pygmies)! Seems like your doing well..a few things you might want to add in beer diet are loose minerals and a salt block. Grass hay is needed more in the winter, in the other months they tend to eat forage. Btw- my goats LOVE saltine crackers(:
First, PLEASE do some research. Don't bring an animal home that you know nothing about, and just go about assuming they are like other animals.
Goats are ruminants, they have a 2 part compartmentalized stomach, and they rely heavily on friendly bacteria to help break down their food. Any change in food, it takes a full 23 days for their stomach to adjust to the change by adjusting the proper growth of the right kinds of digestive bacteria. Since you have brought her home already, and are just throwing whatever kind of food at her without knowing what to provide, chances of sending her into enterotoxemia are pretty high. Get to your local feed store and pick up some GOAT FORMULATED probiotics and get her on them right away.
The heavy coughing is most often a sign of lungworms, in goats. A good worming is needed, ivermec products do the trick, but will need done over a period of a couple weeks if she is coughing badly.
Thirdly, are you absolutely certain she is pregnant, and has not already kidded? Pygmys are litte fat things, they have wide stomachs and they often LOOK pregnant even when they are not. Bottle raising baby goats is extremely common and selling a doe that has just come in to milk is not unusual. If that is the case you could be doing her a whole lot of damage by not milking her.
Please spend the afternoon reading up on information about goats, so you can properly provide for her.
Feeding and Hydrating a Sick Goat
Goat Health Information
Pioneer Meadows Pygmy Goats: Pygmy Goat New Owners Manual
Pioneer Meadows Pygmy Goats: Feeding Your Pygmy Goat
How To Care for Pygmy Goats | Goat Health
Wow, Indy. Lots of good goat information. I now know who to ask if I have a goat question.
In my post I meant "her diet" not "beer diet" ...sorry,lol
lol justdoit i at first thought you were suggesting me to feed her beer until i reread it.
Indy i am pretty certain she is pregnant, her tailhead is pretty much exposed, and i could have swore i felt her tummy move, but i'll try to get pictures, i don't think she has kidded before, and they people from the auction said she was in with a billy so it's a pretty high chance she is preggo. i'll let mom know about the probiotics for her. and thats great we are picking up wormer for the horses this week, do they make special goat wormer or would we just give her a small amount of regular horse wormer which doesn't really make alot of sense, but i figured i'd ask anyway.
i'm off to read all your links now and favorite them for my mom to read as well when she gets home.
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