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FEED INFO
Winter time, pregnant does and milking does.
I make a special grain mix for my girls and they do very well on it. I
have found that with this grain mixture i have never had a doe with
milk fever. here is the mixture:

3~~50lb. Bags of 13% live stock grain. with a touch of molasses not
enough to make it stick together.

1~~50lb. Bag of black oil sunflower seeds

1~25~50lb. Bag of  Animax or Calf Mana will do  they are basically
the same thing.

1~~50lb. Bag of rolled barley IF YOU WANT

6 to 7 ~~~1lb. Bags of split peas (from grocery store.)

1~~50 lb. Bag of alfalfa pellets

I also add one hand full of Wheat bran to each pan of grain daily.
I also feed either this or just straight 13% grain to my bucks.

I feed 2 cubes hay 2 times a day
per adult goat. For youngsters i feed
1 cube of hay 2 times a day. To me a cube is 4 to 5
inches thick x
width of bail.
The Hay I use for my goats is the Greenest Grass Hay I can get. It
has to be very visibly green. I only feed Alfalfa to my goats in the
summer time or once in a while in the winter with their green grass
hay as a top dresser. (
My goats won't eat grass hay in the summer)


My goats have free range of our property during the day when I am
home (which is most of the time). At night I lock them in their stalls. I
used to fence my goats but most of my goats are fence jumpers and
they don't usually take off to the neighbors property any more since I
found homes for the instigators of that.as they free range my goats
are happy and can eat the brush and whatever they want around our
place. (I don't have any poisonous plants here for them to eat.)

I do have a guard dog for the goats and our property. He is well
trained in chasing off predators. Wich is needed with goats to be
happy and stress free.



            MY HAY---->

MY PASTURE ----->
I give them a wealth of water a day
they get one 5 gallon bucket for
each stall filled 2 times a day plus
a 25 gallon tub of water for out in
pasture. MY GIRLS ALSO GET GOAT
MINERAL BLOCKS
My grain formula
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for winter, pregnancy
and milking does.
Baby goats from birth need a lot of nutrients in order to grow to their full potential.
Below is a feeding chart from birth to adult hood. If baby goats are allowed to nurse,
then you won’t have to worry about bottle feeding. Unless;  you want to give them a
bottle every once in a while, so they are tame. If you decide to let them nurse; but you
still want to give them a bottle. Every once in a while then you start that from birth. To
heat treat your goat milk or Colostrum: heat milk in a double boiler to 160 degrees then
pour in to a thermos  and put cap on. Leave in thermos for 1 hour then remove to a
glass jar and store in fridge. Or pour in to a plastic bottle or container leaving ½ inch
head space and store in freezer until needed. Frozen milk or Colostrum will keep in
your freezer for 1 ½ years. Though after the 1 year mark it tends to be a bit clumpy I
have heard if you shake it, it will go to normal.

Day one-        6 oz. (per feeding)        Colostrum        every 4 hours.
Day two-        8 oz. (per feeding)        Colostrum/whole milk        4 times a day
Day three-        10 oz. (per feeding)         Colostrum/whole milk        4 times a day
Day four-        10-12 oz. (per feeding)        Colostrum/whole milk        4 times a day.
For the next week-        16 oz. (per feeding)        whole milk         4 times a day.
For the next 2 months-        16 oz. (per feeding)        whole milk        3 times a day.
For the next 1 month-         16 oz. (per feeding)        whole milk        2 times a day.
16 oz. (per feeding)        whole milk        Once a day for two weeks.        

Always have fresh green hay available for the kids to nibble on. At 2 days old kids will
start to nibble on hay to get a feel for it and they may start to nibble on their mothers’
grain. They won’t eat it, they will spit it out. They are copying their mother and the other
goats around them. So in a week or two they will be eating it. Also always have fresh
water available for the kids to drink. As before, they will learn to drink it by example from
their mother and from the other goats around them. Keep free choice minerals
available.

What to feed when they are growing into adult hood or Dry non pregnant does:
Fresh Green hay        full feeder                always available
Fresh water        5 gal bucket or *more per 2 goats        filled 2 times a day        always
available
16-18% protein grain        2 cups per goat        2 times per day         morning feeding
and night feeding
Green Grass pasture                        always available
Goat minerals        loose or block                free choice



What to feed pregnant does:
Fresh Green Hay        Full Feeder                always available
Fresh clean water        5 Gal. bucket or *more per 1 goat        filled 2 times a day        
Always available
16-18% protein grain         2 cups worked up to 1 pint        2 times per day        until birth
Green grass pasture                        always available
Goat minerals        loose or block                free choice

What to feed Freshened  does:
Green Grass hay mix alfalfa        full feeder                always available
Fresh water        5 gal. bucket per doe or *more        filled 2 times per day        always
available
16-18% protein grain        1 pint plus one for every quart milked                morning and
night milking
Green pasture                        always available
Goat minerals        loose or block                Free choice

*Water tubs work excellent for watering your goats.

Feeding adult Wethers and Bucks:
Green grass hay        Full feeder                always available
Fresh Water        5 gal. bucket per 2 goats or *more        filled 2 times a day        always
available
16-18% grain        1 cup per goat        2 times per day        morning and night feeding
Green pasture                        Always available
Goat minerals        loose or block                Free choice

Never feed alfalfa to bucks and wethers due to them getting urinary calculi from the
high calcium and protein in it. Goats can die from not being able to pass urinary calculi.
Wethers and bucks tend to be more susceptible to this.
Worm your goats every 6 months or as needed.  Be aware of the wormers you use on
your goats. Some wormers are not to be used on pregnant goats. You should always
worm your does right before breeding then right after birth.
You should debug your goats the same time you worm them. If you use a lice powder
on your goats repowder them 2 weeks later.
FEEDING GOATS FROM
BIRTH TO ADULT HOOD
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