Goats/milking doe

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Donna,
I have been emailing questions about our milking doe who is drying up quickly and not eating well/losing weight.  The goat magic we have been using contains molasses (about 1-2 tlbsp, 2-3 tblsp corn syrup, 2-3 tlsp corn oil.)  I have been diluting this with about 24 oz of warm water.  Usually she licks the bowl clean.  I'm concerned that she eats so very little that she doesn't have much of her own body reserves to draw from.  SHould I continue that "goat Magic"?
Thanks.
Suzie

Answer
So you have started her on the penicillin, vitamin B complex orally and probiotics? If she is not eating I would start her on an oral mash - in a blender put rabbit alfalfa type pellets (about 1/2 cup) to 1 cup of mixed human hot oatmeal cereal and to that you can add vitamins, probiotics, whatever you like, including molasses or karo syrup.  Mix well so that you can givbe this as an oral drench if she will not eat it herself.  Would give this four times a day to keep her rumen functioning while we are hoping that the penicillin is taking care of a possible infection.  What color are her lower inner eyelids? Let me know-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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