What to feed my goats

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Sydney11, Feb 18, 2018.

  1. Sydney11

    Sydney11 New Member

    I will be getting two Nigerian dwarf does in a few weeks. One will be 8 weeks old the other will be 7 weeks old. I have read so many different articles and am still having a tough time figuring out what and how to feed them. They will have forage for a little while until it’s all gone. Is it possible to just feed alfalfa pellets instead of hay? Is chaffhaye better than alfalfa? Do I need to feed grain, and if so what kind is recommended and how much should I feed?
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  2. dragonlair

    dragonlair Active Member

    Goat absolutely need long stem hay to keep their rumen healthy, alfalfa pellets supplement the hay. You can feed alfalfa pellets instead of grain. I prefer to feed growing kids a good quality goat feed along with loose minerals made for goats. The minerals I feed free choice.

    Chaffe Hay is good stuff, better than alfalfa pellets, but they do still need some dry hay for proper rumen function.

    I feed Blue Seal goat feeds mixed with whole native oats, and add soaked beet pulp in the colder months for extra calories, calcium and water.