Goats/pregnant goat

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Hi Donna how are you? I have a 7 year old pregnant doe 100 lbs best guess , that is due to freshen any day . All appears to be going well and no complications as yet . She usually throws triplets , but 2 years ago she had 4 . I believe she again has 4 due to her size and some weight loss . She is eating well and because of the weight loss i have increased her grain intake to give her more energy . However i am concerned that her weight may be to low and am op[en to suggestions as to how to help her increase her weight or even hold it where she is . The indicator i use to check there condition is simply running my hand down there back . If its flat shes good if theres a lot of bone , not so good . In Ellies case a lot of bone . She has been wormed 2 weeks ago so this shouldn't be a problem . Thanks .

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I generally add some extra fat to their feed - cooking oil and a little bread - you want to stay away from adding too much protein as that can cause ketosis.  You can add supplements such as a calf starter to help with fat and a little extra protein.  Would suggest continuing after kidding too wth a higher fat content.  Hope this helps - Donna  

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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