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Kid withers shedding

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Goats' started by Tinamarie, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. Aug 30, 2018
    Tinamarie

    Tinamarie Chillin' with the herd

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    My 12week old withers have been shedding sense I got them @ 8weeks. I noticed today the one is shedding more than he was. I checked for lice and none was found. They do have very flaky skin on thier topline. I give them free access to loose minerals and hay as well as baking soda. They also have free access to grass as all times. Are they lacking a vitamin? They seem very active and "happy" otherwise. Please help!!!!!
    P.s. as u can tell new "mommy"here!
     
  2. Aug 30, 2018
    Southern by choice

    Southern by choice Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    They quite possibly have mites which are not visible to the eye like lice are.
    They should not have baking soda. Baking soda interferes with ammonium chloride. They should have a small amount of feed with ammonium chloride in the feed.
    This is important for wethers. Wethers are especially susceptible to Urinary Calculi. Do not over feed grain but a small amount will also give calories and added vitamins etc.
    If they are simply shedding their baby coat that is one thing but if excessive hairloss then I would say yes, they are lacking nutritionally.
    What kind of minerals are you feeding?
    What breed of goat?
     
  3. Sep 1, 2018
    Jeanne Sheridan

    Jeanne Sheridan Ridin' The Range

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    We had a similar issue last winter when our local feed store switched the goat mineral they were carrying. The goats weren’t eating the new one. I went to a different store and got a bag of the old brand and after about 2 months everything was back to normal. To repeat Aouthern’s question what mineral are you feeding?