Michelle that is an unwarranted assumption. Sorry I did not make it clear I wasn't free feeding. You don't leave milk pans around for flies and IMO people who run chickens with their goats are just nasty. Chickens are nasty. Seriously nasty and Goats are not. They don't belong together except in Beverly Hillbi-lly shows.
You feed them-it takes all of 5 minutes- you pick up the pan- they go off to eat something else until the next time. I fed enough that we had an average of 45 pound 8 week old wethers at weaning with little other input but pasture so it works. And sanitation is only an issue if you make it one. I had all the pans clean and hanging on the wall of the back porch far quicker than you could clean up a lambar or bottles. I expected 5 pounds a week growth and got it with this method.
We never free feed milk. We want them on real food asap.
The longer you poke their bellies full of milk shutting off hunger signals the longer it takes to get them ruminating and getting to the point of getting actual caloric intake from something other than milk. I was selling milk so that was my goal. Get them eating so they don't miss the milk. I did not have extra to waste on making meat.
It was making money