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Eating for two

What extra food does a pregnant goat need?

Artemesia gets an extra well balanced breakfast when she's eating for two.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Comment by Chris Thu Dec 29 22:04:48 2016
So glad the goats are doing well. Call/message me if you ever need any help. Artemesia - If I recall, her mother is Aowen. Aowen's hoof walls would separate from time to time. Never caused lameness or actual rot even right before she died of more or less old age. I always attributed it to her just being special lol Just keep her trimmed and she ought to be fine. Sometimes crappy feet come with high milk production too. You can try a mineral with Zinpro Availa-four - that helped. Not sure where to tell you to get it though, Southern States stopped carrying it. And the doeling that was sick on another post - sounded like coccidiosis to me too but that would have shown up on a fecal...
Comment by Cathy Sizer Thu Dec 29 22:30:41 2016

Cathy --- It's great to see you over here! We got so lucky taking home Aowen's daughter. Artemesia is the world's sweetest goat and we dote upon her, as you can probably tell. :-)

Her feet do tend to separate a bit as you said, and one year we had a bit of rot. But I'm very vigilant about trimming, sometimes hitting them more than once a month if I'm concerned, and they seem to stay pretty good on that regimen.

I suspect you're right that her daughter had coccidiosis...but she's fat and happy now! Thanks for introducing such a wonderful bloodline to our farm!

Comment by anna Fri Dec 30 08:01:15 2016

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