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Old 03-08-2012, 02:47 PM   #1
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Was wondering if Chicken scratch(feed ) can kill a goat?



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Old 03-08-2012, 03:12 PM   #2
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It is not the feed itself but the amount they consume that kills them.
Milo is not digestible and can in large amts cause compaction.
Please give more information when asking for help.
What kind of goats- what age- how much did they eat-what are symptoms that have you worried etc.
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:27 PM   #3
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It was a nubian female that had 2 babies about 2 months ago, and a couple of days ago my mom had to lock her and a few others in the chicken coop until we could get the fencing fixed where they were getting out, well. there was some trash cans of chicken scrath in there that they got the lids off of and then we found her dead this morning. Was just trying to figure out if it was from the scratch or if we had to look into something else as a cause. I figured the scratch because alot of it was seeping out her back end, I just wanted to make sure. Thank you very much for your help.

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Oh goodness, yes, that will do it.

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Old 03-08-2012, 06:06 PM   #5
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Hello Norma,

Sorry for the loss of your doe. The scratch grains can be deadly. Were any others in with her eating it also; are they having symptoms? There are measures you can take but they have to be immediate and still then it isn't a guarentee. Seems a lot of folks loose goats over overconsumption (accidental like yours) of grain or chicken feed. Sometimes stuff happens and the best we can do is learn from it and prevent it from happening again.

You are doing the best thing and learning what you can from the experience. You can remember it easily this way. any change can be deadly. For instance if you feed your goats a lb. of grain a day, then one day you feed them 5 or 10... they will be in hog heaven eating all they can, but it is going to be bad. Or if you have a bottle baby that is used to getting a bottle a feeding then one day you feed him 3 at one feeding; he will be sick.

How are her kids doing? They are pretty young to be without milk, but probably too old to get onto bottles very easily. Do you have another doe that you could hold and let them nurse twice a day? If you feed them well they should be ok.

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Oh, Norma, I just wanted to say how sorry I am. Welcome to the forum. I wish it was under better circumstances. I'm so sorry. There always seems to be a lesson learned. Again, so sorry.

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I'm sorry to hear that. Keep some activated charcoal on hand in case anything like this ever happens again. If you give it to them right away, it should help to get the grain to pass without being digested very much. I hope the rest of your goats are okay!

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Old 03-09-2012, 04:27 PM   #8
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I worry so much about this happening that I do not buy chicken feed for my chickens. They eat goat grain, whole corn, barley, etc. and whatever they can get free ranging...all of which the goats are accustomed to...well, not so much the whole corn, but they do have corn in their feed and with it being whole, they eat it slow if offered...plus they usually have leftover alfalfa pellets in their feeders and hay in their hay feeders so are hopefully never so hungry they would inhale something lethal to the point of death if given the chance.

So sorry this happened. Must have been a terrible way to die.

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Sorry about the doe.

The chicken scratch around here is cracked corn and soft white wheat berries, mixed. I had to look up Milo, it is from Sorghum. I've never seen it. Otherwise the only Milo I knew was a kid in grade school.

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The scratch I can get up here is cracked corn, oats or barley and red wheat.

I knew a dog named Milo, but never met a grain named milo!



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