Question Hi Donna how are you tonight . That was some kind of storm we had here , hurricane forse winds , snowdrifts 8 feet , and bare ground elsewhere . Anyway i am wondering how old should these kids be to worm them ? Really don't want to take chances this year . Re Maple , i can't figure her out . Everything tells me she should be eating like a horse and yet she continues to pick at her food . I've done about everything i can , vitamins , selenium , probiotics etc . Shes not in pain at all , her temp is good , her poops are normal . Mostly she wants to stay under that heat lamp . I gave her some chopped apples , lettuce and carrots tonight and that was a big success . The only thing i really haven't done is try her on a full course of antibiotics . When she started shriving from the cold i gave her 1 shot of noramycin , and for a couple days she was doing better . I don't know what I'd be treating , but i can't see the harm in it at this point . Somehow i need to get her eating more than she is or most certainly she will die . O i did get the seiner horse feed and she would rather eat boc , but i mix in a bit with the boc . Any advice you can give me will be appreciated . Thankyou .
Answer Heard about the storm - wow! I normally don't like to worm kid goats until at least 2 months of age - you could worm earlier if you use a half dose and either the Zimectrin or Safeguard without issues as early as 2 to 4 weeks. Re Ms. Maple I think I would advise a course of antibiotics. Has she been on vitamin B complex at 4 times the human dose daily? Might also try that for the course of the antibiotics. Hope this helps - Donna
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