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Dwarfgoatnoob

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I recently bought a Nigerian dwarf goat and he barely eats the hay we got for him. I looked it up and it said he could eat Timothy grass but he doesn’t seem to like it. We might try and bring him to a supply store and see what he likes.im worried about him someone help
 

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Our goats are not very fond of timothy hay.
They prefer orchard grass.

What did the breeder have him on? Did they send home any of their hay?
 

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He started eating the hay (thank god). The breeder didn’t give me any hay only pellets. All They told me was to feed him second cut hay. I have the name of the pellets and location to purchase them so I’m good with that. But should I keep feeding him the Timothy (because he’s already eating a lot of it now) or put him on another one?? Thankyou for the help!
 

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If he's eating it, then you've got the problem 1/2 licked. I tried 2 types of coastal and my goats barely picked at it. SO now they get alfalfa and they waste a LOT which hurts my wallet. Now you just need to monitor his body condition over time and adjust as needed to keep him in prime condition.
 

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Mine like orchard/prairie hay and turn their noses up at the horse's coastal bermuda. :Shrug: If he's eating it now, I'd stick with it and monitor his body condition.
 

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What do you mean by monitor his body condition? I’m very new to this and could use all the help I can get.
 

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Dairy goat body condition (scoring):
You want to ensure he's growing well, not TOO skinny, filling out nicely, not too fat... active, not lethargic, "healthy" looking/acting.
 

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Hi, my Nigerians can be pretty picky also. They HATE coarse, stemmy, grass. They just pick through it and most of it ends up on the ground, so I try and feed them a softer grass. Second cut is good too. Mine have also figured out that when they get a bale that they like, they will even clean up the ground around their feeder before I re-fill it. :)
 
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