Goat Update 2011.08.22

Still one goat that is pretty sick but she’s still hanging on.

Took another fecal specimen to the vet today, now they are saying “full of hook worms.”

We’ll use Ivomectrin for the pregnant does and Valbasin for the other goats (apparently Ivomectrin is safer for pregnant animals.)

We spoke to another owner who uses medicated feed; but that is so against what we are trying to do. If we have to use medicated feed, what’s the sense of raising your own meat? And what will you do when you can’t GET medicated feed?

Paula found a site that talks about herbal remedies for goats, we’re going to look into that.

Crawford County Fair

We visited the Crawford County Fair over the weekend – lots of really nice looking animals! We also saw this awesome rainbow. Good time.

Goat Update

Well, we lost three and gained one (who may be pregnant.) The farm where we purchased our goats replaced the ones we lost with a doe that has been exposed to a buck. (Thanks Amber!)

We still have one doe that is very ill, with severe scours and weight loss. We are treating our little herd for coccidiosis right now; as mentioned previously, we had trouble getting sulfa drugs so we tried treating with Tetracycline but it was not effective – specimens sent to the vet were still loaded with the cocci bacillus. We have sulfa now, which we are using for the cocci, to be followed with an aggressive worm regimen. We initially tried SafeGuard for the worms but we have since learned that SafeGuard is pretty worthless for treating goats. We are now going to try Valbazin and see if we can get these critters dewormed.

We did find out that these animals were on a “maintenance” routine of medications, which may have contributed to our problems. We do not normally medicate our animals unless needed; continuous medication regimens tend to weaken an animal’s natural immune system and make them more susceptible to stress and disease. Our hope is that once we get the herd stabilized we can get their immune systems built back up and hopefully put these problems behind us. We have never had an experience like this with  goats before (and I hope we never do again!)

Today we cleaned the goat stall and expanded it – I’ll try to post pics in the next few days.

Recycle Plastic Bottle (well, part of it anyway…)

 

Seal Plastic Bags with Old Bottle Caps

 
Cut up a disposable water bottle and keep the neck and top, as in photo.
 
Insert the plastic bag through the neck and screw the top to seal.
 
The bag is made to be air-tight, such that water will not leak, the secret lies with the top and screw cap!
This is a great idea to share.
Good for us and the environment too.
 
Zip-top bags are great, but sometimes you buy something in bulk and you’re stuck with an unsealable bag.. Home-centric blog Re-Nest shows us an easy way to give these bags an airtight seal with an old water bottle.
 
All you need to do is cut off the top of the bottle and take off the cap. Push the bag through the bottle neck, fold it over the edges, and twist the cap back on. Now, your bag has an air and water tight seal, and you didn’t have to waste the bag.

Updated Goat video

The last goat video was shorten to fit on You Tube. This is the full version with sound effects.

Tetracycline for Goats

I thought I would post this, since it took us a fair amount of work to figure this out and it might help someone else:

Coccidiosis in goats should be treated with Sulfa drugs. We could not find any sulfa drugs in our area, so on the reccomendation of another goat breeder we used Tetracycline to treat.

If your goats need Tetracycline, you can use the powder that is manufactured for cows and hogs. The type we found, Duramycin-10, has 10 gm. of Tetracycline in 6.4 oz. (dry weight) of powder. Typically you are supposed to put the powder in the animal’s drinking water; however, the powder makes the water taste bitter and goats often won’t drink it. In addition there is no way to “guarantee” the dose delivered.

The recommended dose for goats is 10 mg. per pound of body weight. It took us quite a bit of math to figure this out, do the conversions, etc. in order to mix this powder, but I believe we finally were able to figure it out.

Based on the fact that 6.4 oz. of powder = 10 gm. of Tetracycline, .00064 oz. of powder = 1 mg. of Tetracycline. We wanted a solution that would allow us to easily figure the “dose” for each animal of varying body weight.

We ended up with 2 Tbsp. of powder in 80 cc of water. At this ratio, each cc = 20 mg of Tetracyline; so, using our dose of 10 mg per lb of body weight, we give a 20 lb. kid 10 cc of solution which equals a 200 mg. dose.

Please note that we are NOT guaranteeing these figures. As I said, this took us a lot of work and calculating to figure out, and we may be wrong. Also, please remember that NOTHING you get off the internet should be construed as replacing the advice of a veterinarian. If you’re not sure, call the vet (if one is available, and if they are open, which was not the case for us.)

Feedback, as always, is welcome.

Goats are out!

So, the remaining goats are looking better. We made a paddock today and now they can get out and get some fresh air and sunshine, which should help.

Goat Update

Well, we lost two of our baby goats already, probably due to coccidiosis. I had to run to the local feed store yesterday to get some medication for them. Hopefully the other two are going to make it. They seemed to get sick and go down hill very fast – caught us a little off guard. They had scours (diahrrea) but we’ve dealt with that before and we thought we had it under control; then they suddenly started getting weak and running a temp and we just weren’t quick enough to save them.

Goat Maintenance

Tonight we dehorned the baby goats, gave them a tetanus shot, and “banded” the males. Dehorning is always hard on me.

The Goats Have Arrived!

After messing around for over a year trying to get ready for goats, we just decided to take the plunge and get some!! Ryan has been working on the fence for the last month and we had a space ready in the barn…

Last night we traveled to Hornyak Ranch near Erie PA and spent two hours with Amber looking at various does and kids. We decided to get a couple of does with kids at the side and Ryan and Shelli got a pregnant doe. So instead of 2 or 3 goats, we came home with SEVEN!! They are a bit skittish so we are just giving them some time indoors to get used to the new place before we try putting them in the pasture.