Is my goat getting too fat?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Granolamom, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. Granolamom

    Granolamom Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    We've had Aisa and her kids for almost 2 months now, and they have put on quite a bit of weight (all 3 were scrawny, when we first got them). Seems like lately, since she gets taken down to pasture 3 times a day and eats gobs of juicy spring grass, she's REALLY filled out that bony frame of hers. Please look at these pic's, and tell me if we have to cut down on the pellets a bit. Oh, and can somebody please tell me, what it means, when a goat shows her teeth like in the picture, and holds her head up high. Is she trying to get an extra whiff of something, or just trying to look "menacing:...?
    I swear she looks pregnant, but can't possibly be (unless our little wether is really no wether at all....[​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2009

  2. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    I think she looks great I hate to see a skinny goat...when they do that its called phleming...its where they are checking a different smell like when they smell another goats pee or something they arent sure of.. this is how they identify things...especially if it smells I think she looks great...I always check behind the front legs for what I call fat pongs or will collect in just behind the front legs...well it does on mine if they get to fat...
  3. Goattalker

    Goattalker Songster

    Mar 19, 2009
    No, she is not fat, and if she was here I would put 3-4 lbs more on her. A goat is fat when you have to push your fingers through tissue to find a rib, or their hip bones.
  4. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    she could have been bred when you got her if you have only had her for 2 months. Goats take 5 months to kid soooooooo she could have been exposed in her former home.
  5. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    I doubt she's pregnant. It's likely her belly is filling more from the nice pasture.

    No, I don't think she's too fat. Yet. #1 mistake most goat owners make is getting their does too fat, then, they have trouble getting the doe settled, or have kidding problems (toxemia, trouble pushing out the kids, etc). So I wouldn't go trying to push her weight up any. She looks good and healthy where she's at.

    [​IMG] Better a doe a little too thin than a little too fat (bucks too, for that matter)...

  6. Thunderhill

    Thunderhill Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    North Alabama
    Not too fat at all...she looks healthy!
  7. Granolamom

    Granolamom Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    Whew, thanks you guys! I always read on how easy it is to overfeed a goat, and I definitely am not trying to do that with her. I've been a little worried about her, because her stomach looks HUGE today, and it wobbles like jello when she walks fast. Also, the right side of her sticks out really far, but low like she has a football in it, and the left side is huge all the way up. (Sorry for the inadequate description, I have not gotten all the goat terminology figured out, yet). I guess what I'm worried about is bloat, but she'd probably have more symptons, other than just her huge, lopsided gut, right? She seems perfectly happy, and still eats like a horse:).
  8. bUg_Farm

    bUg_Farm Songster

    Oct 24, 2008
    On a mountain
    I think she looks great. She has a full belly, and I bet in the mornings she isn't as big.

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