NIGERIAN DWARFT GOAT

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  1. mrsan12

    mrsan12 New Egg

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    I will get one pregnant Nigerian Dwarf Goat next week PLEASE HELP
    1) How many cup of “ sweet mix “ from Tsc should I give her per day
    2) How many cup of goat grain/ day ... any name ?
    3) What is best hay I should give her and how much ?.
    4) what else I can give her ?
     
  2. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give my does 3 cups grain a day, and set out 1-2 flakes of hay each depending on season. I don't feed them anything else, but they do get a mineral block, clean water and all the pasture they want. I can't speak on types of hay since I'm a beginner but i buy fescue.
     
  3. mrsan12

    mrsan12 New Egg

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    what is mineral block? any how much I should her/per day ? week ? do you any good grain name ?
     
  4. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here is the grain i use: http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/purinareg;-goat-chowreg;-goat-feed-50-lb
    i really wish someone would back me up that knows a little bit more than i do. I'm pretty sure that this is right info but i need to be sure
    a mineral block is something the goats lick to get the nutrients they need
     
  5. H Diamond

    H Diamond Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How far along in her pregnancy is she? You really need to talk to her current owner and see what they are feeding her. You don't want to make any big changes to her diet during pregnancy.
    Is she going to have a pasture to go out and eat, or is her hay her only source of roughage?
    Either way, I would give her a free choice alfalfa or alfalfa/grass mix hay.
    Get her some loose mineral, formulated for cattle or goats.. NOT sheep mineral.
    Fresh clean water all the time.
    Grain is going to depend on the animal... Nigerians are easier to keep weight on generally than say a Saanen. She may only need a little grain every day. Just a general, unmedicated goat feed will be fine.

    If it's going to be very long before she kids, you're going to want to get another goat, preferably one she is already friends with. Goats don't like being alone... and you or the dog or the cow don't count as a "herd" to her.
     
  6. clport

    clport Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give kelp and sweetlix mineral free choice. Those are two seperate minerals. Kelp: http://hoeggerfarmyard.com/xcart/Thorvin-Kelp-10-lbs..html Sweetlix (for dairy goats):http://www.sweetlix.com/products/C14A36/magnum-milk-products.aspx
    Check at TSC or other feed stores to see if you can get kelp from other manufacturers. The one from Hoegger is just easiest for me to get. I stay away from mineral blocks because I don't think they offer the goats as much minerals as the loose stuff. I got a divided mineral feeder at the farm store and clipped it to the side of my goat pen high enough that the goats can't back up an poop in it, but low enough that they can still get their mouth in it.

    I agree with H Diamond, she'll need another goat friend. Also, will she be on pasture, so she can eat all day, or dry lot? She should have access to hay 24/7. Be careful about putting too much weight on her while she's pregnant. The grain you give her will do that quickly, so you have to be stingy with it. Is this your first goat?
     
  7. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    don't feed alfalfa. that stuff is junk for goats
     
  8. H Diamond

    H Diamond Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can honestly say you are the first person I've ever heard say that.
     
  9. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Aye, anyone who actually knows anything about livestock would say that alfalfa would not say alfalfa is junk. High in protein and calcium, it is highly beneficial to animals producing milk. It gives them what they need to thrive.
     
  10. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im a newbie. Thats just what the person who sold my goats to me said.
     

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