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Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by sugclasco, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. sugclasco

    sugclasco New Member

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    I own an Australian Melaan weather he is about 1yr old now,i was just wondering since he is castrated will he stay looking like a female and be smaller? i just noticed that he hasnt started to grow a goatee yet...i know its a wierd question but im a first time goat owner.. :biggrin
    also i own dogs and the goat likes to eat their dog biscuits,should i let him?
     
  2. Chaty

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    Re: weather

    It all depends on when he was wethered , if it was when he was young he wont get is Buck clothes...If by chance he was alot older and got them already then he will lose them...I have wethers and they dont have the goatee's either because they were wethered when they were 8 wks.I dont let mine eat the dogs food or treats as they have bone meal in them, and some have animal byproducts in them thats not good for goats.
     

  3. BlissBerry

    BlissBerry Guest

    Welcome Sugclasco.

    Please update your profile to include your location.

    Thanks,
    Sara
     
  4. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    Hi and WELCOME!
    As far as goaties go I have never heard of being wether or not a reason for a beard. Some goats have them being does or bucks and some don't. But guess it could be a reason.
     
  5. NubianSoaps.com

    NubianSoaps.com New Member

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    A dog biscuit once in awhile is going to hurt nothing, he isn't producing milk ;) so the animal fat in it isn't a biggy really. Your goal with your guy will be to read everything you can on urinary calculi, trying to keep his diet as ungrained as you can, high in calcium never phos....and if you have to feed grain, because some folks think they do have to or you are starving their goats, than feed a meat goat pellet that contains ammonium chloride so he doesn't produce urinary calculi, or buy some ammonium chlorid, it's super cheap and add it to his grian everyday. In reality unless you guy expends a great deal of energy hauling wood with you, or going on long hikes frequently his diet doesn't need to be much more than a really good mineral, really clean water, good hay....if all you get is non discript grass hay and alfalfa pellets added would be great.

    Welcome to our forum! Vicki
     
  6. sugclasco

    sugclasco New Member

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    Thankyou for all your help,i have never feed him grain, he is feed charf and hay i also have a few fruit trees which he loves to eat ,the breeder said to give him a salt lick which he has but does not seem to use it,she said this would help prevent the urinary calculi?
     
  7. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    the only wate a salt lick would help prevent UC is that it makes them drink more water. You really need a good loose mineral with high selenium and high copper values. Goats don't really use the salt licks or mineral blocks very well and can break teeth.
     
  8. sugclasco

    sugclasco New Member

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    Thanks for that Sondra ,i will have to buy some, the breeder didn't tell me much she showed me how to cut his feet, what to feed him,but thats about it.you have all been a great help....
     
  9. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    Please please update your profile as to where you live and what goats you have so we can help if need be.
     
  10. sugclasco

    sugclasco New Member

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    i did update my profile it must not have saved....sorry