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Doe not regaining weight
« on: February 28, 2019, 10:18:27 am »

I have a doe who reared twins (for too long as buyers kept delaying pick up!) …. she has been kid free for 2 months now but is not regaining any weight (has probably got thinner).   I have fluked and wormed.  She is still eating happily and coat is shiny.  She is more of a grazer than my other ANxs …. they will finish a meal of mix of calf course mix/beef nuts/all rounder nuts (and eat much more if allowed!) she eats enthusiastically but always wanders off to see if there is anything else before eating half of hers.   They have ad lib hay and copper lick available. 

I have just wormed with a different wormer and given mineral drench … so hoping that will help..... other ideas please 

would you give probotic?

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Re: Doe not regaining weight
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2019, 08:20:52 pm »
What health checks were done pre-purchase?  Do you know what her status is for things like CAE and Johnes? 

Personally, I wouldn't be worming without first doing FEC to find out whether she needed worming and also which wormer was most likely to be effective if so in relation to the problem she has.

Are you milking her or has she dried off?  If milking then are you feeding an appropriate grain quantity in relation to the volume produced?

If she's leaving her feed then she's either looking for something that isn't there (e.g. craving some mineral or trace element that isn't in the feed), or the feed is too large for her and she may need more frequent smaller feeds.

You could get the vet to do a set of bloods to check for abnormalities or just give her some time and a combivit booster.  It doesn't hurt to ring the vet and ask for advice - most calls are free of charge and they may know of something in your environment that could be affecting her.
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Re: Doe not regaining weight
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2019, 06:33:17 am »
Have you got other goats or sheep in kid / lamb?

I've got one goat that every year gets picky, goes off her feed and gets thin every year around this time.The first year she was extremely thin and I took her to the vets, all sorts of tests and £100 bill concluded she was a very healthy bag of bones.
As soon as kidding starts she starts eating again and steadily gains weight till next year.She's not kidded herself for 5 years but had a cloud burst pregnancy after I finally dried her off and retired her last autumn.  She's just very tuned in to all the pheromones whiffling around.


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