I think I am correct in my thinking but want to double check...
Do tums contain enough calcium to even be worth feeding to pregnant does
NOTE- I am NOT asking b/c I want to feed my goats this, I feed my goats good quality alfalfa hay so I have no reason for wanting to add more calcium to their diet...I am asking b/c someone else asked about it and I thought I read somewhere that it was basically pointless to do...so I just want to double check on that...
I'll never forget the very first time I saw someone giving their goats Tums at a goat show back about 10 yrs or so ago. The person was and still is an established top Alpine breeder. The only thing I could figure was that the goats had indigestion! So I asked her why, she explained because they needed calcium. Hmmmmm..... :/
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Well, this is just me. Our does LOVE TUMS for the most part, and so.. for the last two weeks of pregnancy, I offer each doe a few each day......Most of them LOVE them. A few do not....I think that it cannot hurt them.....they are seen as a treat by most......
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Wouldn't you need to be concerned with preventing the mobilization of their own calcium reserves if you give them too much oral calcium? I guess I was assuming everyone is feeding alfalfa. But maybe if you are not doing that daily then it would not be a problem. I have calcium carbonate out free choice and they never go near it so what is in tums that is enticing? Are they flavored?
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I'll give my girls a calcium tablet in a handful of grain when they are in late pregnancy as a boost, but in a crisis, such as hypocalcemia I give a shot of Norcalciphos. I think what you heard is that Tums aren't adequate for milk fever and that is correct. They need injectable calcium.
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