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How Much to Feed Nigerian Dwarf in Milk

Discussion in 'Feeding Time - Goats' started by margeaux, May 13, 2017.

  1. May 15, 2017
    Goat Whisperer

    Goat Whisperer Herd Master

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    I agree with what has been said.

    Every goat is different. Some goats need more feed, others less. There is no "one size fits all". If your girl has a good BCS keep doing what you're doing. If she's fat, decrease the feed, if she's skinny you need to increase :) Pics would be great. You can take pics while she's on the stand if you'd like. Sounds like you are at a good starting point!
     
  2. May 16, 2017
    MikeLM

    MikeLM Overrun with beasties

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    So you feed dry does grains also? Only does in milk get grains here, and fed on Milk stand. Of course they start getting grains before they freshen.
     
  3. May 16, 2017
    MikeLM

    MikeLM Overrun with beasties

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    Sure I can dig up some pics or take new.
     
  4. May 16, 2017
    OneFineAcre

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    My dry does and bucks get some feed. The bucks get a mix too, but the ratio is higher in alfalfa pellets and beet pulp.
     
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  5. May 16, 2017
    margeaux

    margeaux Chillin' with the herd

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    I finally got some pictures. I'm a beginner so I don't know what I'm doing haha but based on what I've read she seems in pretty good condition but maybe a bit skinny. Thanks for your opinions!
     

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  6. May 16, 2017
    OneFineAcre

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    She looks nicely conditioned to me.
    Dairy goats are supposed to be "angular".
    You should be able to see her hips about like you can see hers.
    You can feed her a little more, but I think she looks fine. In fact I would say a little bit better than fine.
    :thumbsup
     
  7. May 16, 2017
    Latestarter

    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Golden Herd Member

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    Not an expert by any stretch of imagination, but believe I know good looks when I see them. She looks great to me! :D
     
  8. May 16, 2017
    margeaux

    margeaux Chillin' with the herd

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    Thanks! I think she's beautiful myself ;).

    Kind of another topic but I taped her teats today and it went well and stayed on so far. Is it ok to tape her during the daytime or for the doelings development should she have milk all day and I would tape her at night?

    The doeling is around 5 weeks.
     
  9. May 16, 2017
    Southern by choice

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    She is a very pretty doe!
    You can do it either way, whatever is more convenient for you.
     
  10. May 16, 2017
    MikeLM

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    I agree with the others, she looks pretty darn good!