New to goats, pregnant goat!!!

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  1. 12littlechicks

    12littlechicks In the Brooder

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    I am getting a Pygmy Doe that is pregnant and will have the baby(s) very soon so I need some help, what should I feed her so she keeps her weight up with nursing the kids and what else will she need? Also they daddy to the baby's is a boer, and what do I need for the new baby's, will post pics as soon as there born!!!
     
  2. Stacykins

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    If the doe is a pygmy and the sire is a boer, what you need is a veterinarian. The kids may be too large for her to give birth naturally. Boers are massive compared to pygmies. In fact, it would probably be best if you did not purchase that goat. If she has pregnancy complications that result in dead kids (if they get stuck) or kill her, then it will be a lot of heartbreak for you, plus a massive bill from a vet.
     
  3. 12littlechicks

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    Actually went over there and the one I'm getting the site of her baby's is a Pygmy also
     
  4. H Diamond

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    First, find out what her current owner is feeding her. We don't want to make any crazy changes in her diet right now. You'll need some type of good hay, and possibly a little grain. From my understanding though, Pygmy's are fairly easy keepers, so it shouldn't be a real big problem.
    You also need to keep a good loose mineral out for her, one that is for cow's or goats. Sheep mineral does not have enough copper in it, so any mineral that is listed as safe for sheep you don't want to put out for just goats.
     
  5. Stacykins

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    I don't quite understand what you mean. Getting the site?

    Also, you don't seem to understand what I am attempting to explain. Breeding a tiny breed doe (a pygmy) to a massive breed buck (a boer) is basically begging for kidding problems. If the kid is physically too large, because the kid is half boer, the kid will die unless a veterinarian does an emergency C-section. And the doe will die unless the kid is removed. So unless you want a a huge bill courtesy of your local livestock veterinarian, find another goat. Trust me, they're out there. Especially since you aren't looking for anything purebred.

    If you breed a pygmy buck to a boer doe, there will not be issues. You wouldn't breed a female chihuahua with a great dane male, or a pony mare with a percheron stallion. The female is limited by the size of her hips and birth canal.
     
  6. H Diamond

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    I think she means the SIRE is a Pygmy... not a Boer.
     
  7. Stacykins

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    I certainly hope that is the case. Considering the first post does say the "daddy to the baby's is a boer", I continued to assume the sire is indeed a boer.
     
  8. 12littlechicks

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    Yes I meant sire, I was think to fast to type. I went and asked about the father of the baby's and they had gotten her and her twin mixed up. Her twin was bred by a half boer half something else but the one I'm getting was bred by a Pygmy buck and I went to tractor supply and got some loose goat mineral and some goat sweet feed and I have plenty of hay because I have horses and I got her some feed pans and a water bucket that is short enought for her and the baby's
     

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