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Dare I ask how a goat gets polio? And (thankfully) only one goat gets it?

I'm glad he's looking better.
Disruption of the rumen causes it. Goats make thiamine as they ruminate. Goat polio is thiamine deficiency. Causes brain swelling. I dumped the alfalfa feeder to clean it out after a few days of rain and for some reason Kai and the other youngest bucks decided to have a nasty hay eating contest and I guess he "won" and got sick. Idk if anyone else will get anything but it's not contagious. The doofy thing is that they had a full feeder of fresh, dry, not rotted hay 5 feet from the hay feeder cleanings, but no. They had to be tidy and eat everything on the ground. More evidence goats shouldn't "clean it up" when it comes to hay and feed on the ground. The feeder is in their shelter now....:hide
 

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Soggy day. We're sick again, so let's just tell story in pictures.
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That pool was dumped the night before and not refilled by the hose
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