PDA

View Full Version : Spin-off, goat wethers, caution



leaf
May. 17, 2012, 02:55 PM
Castrated male goats, and sheep will block just like neutered cats. Urinary calculi (stones or grit) will block the urethra emptying from the bladder. They can't urinate, and will die an awful death unless you euthanize or try a not-so-successful surgery. Their parts are too small, compared to an intact male.
So try to prevent the grit from forming by not feeding the wethers goat sweet feed, and especially not horse feed!
Acidify the urine, acidify the urine. My farm vet recommended BioChlor ( by Arm and Hammer, it's sold as a rumen enhancer for dairy cattle, but acidifies the urine in goats and sheep).
I mix it with a little soaked beet pulp, feed it once a day. I have a 12 yr. old, and two 10 yr. old wethers, and they've eaten this their whole lives.
Don't let them become fat either, says the owner of pig-goats:)

cowboymom
May. 17, 2012, 03:56 PM
Well... yes and no. A little horse feed is actually good for them because they have very high copper requirements and if the right goat feed isn't available, a horse feed is a good substitute.

http://fiascofarm.com/goats/feeding.htm

Good info on the stones-it's important to balance their feed and not give them entirely grass nor entirely alfalfa, they need both.

More info on the stones on that page too:

http://fiascofarm.com/goats/stones.htm