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Copper bolus question

Discussion in 'Feeding Time - Goats' started by Robyn8, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. Feb 3, 2019
    Robyn8

    Robyn8 Loving the herd life

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    My goats don’t like goat minerals and will only eat sheep minerals. I have tried different brands and no luck. They eat hay and a handful of grain a couple times a week. I add minerals to the grain when I give it but one goat has some coat fading. I gave him a kid size copper bolus (he’s a 40 lbs ND) and he bit it and spit half out. I think he swallowed half. How long would it take to see a difference in his coat if he did swallow part of it? I don’t want to give another one if he did actually swallow part of one. I gave it about 2 weeks ago and don’t see much of a difference in his coat yet.
     
  2. Feb 4, 2019
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    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Golden Herd Member

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    It's going to take a month or more for any visible/appreciable change to be noticed. I have found that if I use a little peanut butter in the plunger then stick the bolus into that, when I place the bolus business end all the way to the back of the throat, they really have no choice but to swallow. You have to make sure you get it back behind their tongue though.