Question Hi Donna , just an update on Maple , the little lamancha that wasn't eating . She , i'm pleased to say has made a full recovery and eating like a horse . Thanks for your help . I do have a question , What can i feed my bucks to keep there weight up during the winter months ? Your not supposed to feed them grain because of urinurary problems . I have been giving some grain but don't like to .
Merry Christmas .
Answer Thanks for the update. So glad to hear she is doing well - nice job. Re the bucks - grain is fine for them - the issue is the calcium to phosphorus ratio which to keep urinary calculi away needs to be at least 2:1 and best is 3:1, along with giving them ammonium chloride every one or two weeks in their water supply to keep any stones from growing larger. I use a general pelleted livestock feed for all my goats - this has a 3:1 calcium to phosphorus ratio for the bucks and wethers - I feed the bucks grain every other day during the breeding season/winter time. Most feed/farm stores carry a "livestock" type grain which usually works well. Any specialized "goat grain" usually is not correct for the bucks and wethers. Another type of grain, although it does ot have as high a protein level as the livestock (that usually has 14% protein) is COB (corn, oats and barley) which has 9% protein but can give extra energy and fat to the bucks. I generally use a 5% total amount of feed a day for the bucks with 1/4 to 1/3 of that being grain and the other being hay. Hope that helps - let me know - Donna
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