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Hi Donna,
Update on Migi - U know Donna in the morning Migi gets his usual grass hay & snack foods for most of the day then when it gets too hot during the day i let him off his runner to browse his weeds and we have this ginger plant i don't know if u have them in the mainland however when i make him browse he goes directly to that ginger plant and eats the green leaf & i noticed that his poop was getting normal but after he ate most of the leaves his poop became clumpy dog like poop with large berrie form look to it so i don't know if its from that but i stop giving the mango leaves b/c u said that too much fresh greens can cause the clumpiness but i guess b/c we don't have big trees our yard is mostly made from coral so we can't grow big trees mostly green plants. & its not that i go & pick it for him its grows in our yard and he practically ate it all down to its core. I notice that when he also eats blue corn tortilla chips his poop gets that way too! The only way i can get him to go to his pen is if i bribe him with that otherwise he won't go to his pen. could both of these be causing his poop to be this way? B/c it started to become normal berries. Everytime i let him off his runner to eat weeds he goes directly to this ginger plant. I think i should shoot him with the water bottle when he goes to eat this plant? yes/no?? i can't seem to get him to stay away from this plant! Thanks Donna!

Luv,
Me & Migi

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Thanks for the update - the ginger plant is sweet and that is why he likes it - would just not let him have too much of any one thing, especially if that thing causes softer poop.  But as long as his poop goes back to normal within a day or so it should be okay for him.  

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

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

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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.

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

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

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4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

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Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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