• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Helping a goat

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Helping a goat

    My next door neighbor has a small herd of goats. I would say almost all the goats are 'thin' but one looks really bad. All the females are pregnant or have babies and stay that way (no rest). One of his females looks really bad. She can hardly move and I would say the only time she does is to get away from her baby. The cold seems to be making her weaker. Baby looks okay right now but is really small. Neighbor feeds her seperate from the others but I don't know how much she is getting..there is no grass and no hay during the day. He does have hay bales over in a shed but they are not green so not sure how much calories they are getting when they do get hay. Neighbor does not live on property.

    I want to help but I'm going out of town for 2weeks in four days. If the female last until I get back I was thinking about asking if i could take her and put her in the small dog 6ft fenced area behind my house and feed her several times a day. That way she will always have access to food. Only thing is my ac is back there ..would she mess with it? I've read about John's Disease and it's possible that she has it as even in the summer when they have weeds to eat she is still the thinest goat. This year is her first baby so I think she's only a few years old. I just hate to see her like this and I'm kinda doubting that she's going to make it until I get back.

  • #2
    Do you know if the owner deworms them? IME younger goats in particular are susceptable to heavy, sometimes fatal worm infestations. If the insides of the eyelids are white the goat is pretty much toast.

    Sounds like she is to weak to mess with your AC.

    Goats are lean animals though. Mine never look plump like the sheep I used to have.

    ETA:She and the rest of the herd may need selenium. Many areas of the country are deficient
    Last edited by carolprudm; Jan. 14, 2012, 11:01 AM. Reason: add
    I wasn't always a Smurf
    Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
    "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
    The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


    • #3
      Thank you for wanting to help. I lost one to Johnes and it ain't pretty. She contracted it at birth, I adopted her at age 2 but it didn't show until Feb. of last year. They eat & eat but slowly starve to death - unless euthanized. It was horrible.

      She could have a bad case of coccidia (sp?) and wormer can take care of that (livestock vet) but I think (I'm certainly not a goat expert) if it were Johnes it would have already killed her if she's been that thin for so long. I hope she makes it. I'm glad she has you in her corner though.
      "Concern for animals is a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done." Harriet Beecher Stowe 1811-1896

      Ponies are cool!


      • #4
        Sounds like he's doing a fairly good job caring for her, except there is something wrong with her health. You can't tell a thing about the nutrition of hay based on it's colour. I would offer to purchase her if you're really concerned about her health.

        If almost all the goats look thin are they a milking breed? Saanens, for example, are built like a dairy cow and will look quite skinny along their backs even when in a very healthy condition. Vs pygmys which have the perma preggo belly.

        Yes, don't put the goat in with anything you don't want them to try to eat. You can cover the AC with more fencing or box it up or something.
        "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
        Nes' Farm Blog ~ DesigNes.ca
        Need You Now Equine


        • Original Poster

          He's told me he's dewormed her before and that he didn't know what's wrong with her. I don't know the details. The hay doesn't look good to me but then I don't know much about 'goat' hay.

          The goats are a boer goats...he sells the boys for meat. I looked at the pictures online on google and well...none of his looks like that not even the fattest one. I would say the fattest ones is the year old boy that he's going to use for the next group of babies(not fat but not skinny). He sold off the other older male goats. I'll show yall what I mean later and yall can tell me if they are that bad. Looks skinny to me.


          • #6
            This boggles my mind. My goat is so fat she waddles and I haven't fed her once in the 13 years I have owned her. She scavenges and steals more than enough without my help. Now that she is an old lady she has trouble with the cold so she wears a foal blanket but still maintains her weight well. I would think there would have to be a big problem for a goat to be skinny. Jingles you can help her.
            McDowell Racing Stables

            Home Away From Home


            • Original Poster

              It's hard to see because of the winter fluf but here she is...moving 'very' slow. She tries to loose her baby.


              She managed to get away..so here he is looking around for her... he makes a pitiful 'maaaa' sound when he can't find her.


              Another momma and baby. She's not as skinny but still is thin probably from the extra calories going towards baby.

              Stud for next set of kids..he's cute but not as tame as some.


              pictures of babies...



              • #8
                Again, I'm not a goat expert but Boer goats are bred for meat and it usually shows. I've never seen one that skinny unless she's been bred to death or parasites, especially if he is feeding her separately. I've got milk goats (if that is what they were used for here at my farm) and I do have a bit of a spine (like a holstein vs. angus) but not like that. FWIW I just give mine a cup of goat chow am & pm.

                Good luck and again thanks for caring.
                "Concern for animals is a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done." Harriet Beecher Stowe 1811-1896

                Ponies are cool!


                • #9
                  Wormed when with what? In a herd of what population density?

                  Describe local soil type if goats graze during the grazing season.

                  White tail or other deer population hanging around?

                  Hay type? Grain? And how much?


                  • #10
                    That is his skinniest goat? Leave the man alone. Unless the goat is REALLY sick, they look fine to me. We breed Nubian and Oberhasli dairy goats. There is no sign of diarrhea on any of those goats. The babies all look healthy and happy. Maybe she is just ready to be weaned from her baby. Offer to BUY her and is he says no let him alone.
                    Maria Hayes-Frosty Oak Stables
                    Home to All Eyez On Me, 1998 16.2 Cleveland Bay Sporthorse Stallion
                    & FrostyOak Hampton 2008 Pure Cleveland Bay Colt


                    • Original Poster

                      Hey I'm not picking on him,you can't see how skinny she really is..she is BONES. Maybe there is just something wrong with her..she walks very slowly like she's an old lady but she isn't . There is no fat on her. Will ask him about her when I see him tomorrow. We are on friendly terms and I'm allowed to take my kids in to play with them anytime. If she is still alive by the time I get back in town then I will do something. I just can't do it now. I throw extra hay to the goats already but the others don't let her get it.


                      • #12
                        She could be CAE positive and starting to suffer the effects of it.

                        She could be wormy.

                        She could be vitamin A deficient.

                        Selenium deficient.

                        Copper deficient.

                        So on and so forth. There is NO WAY to really know without 100% of the information, including diet, age, disease status (ie CAE, CL, Johnes, etc etc), kidding history.
                        K-N-S Farm
                        Daily Goat Videos & Pictures
                        Website | Facebook | Youtube


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by aspenlucas View Post
                          That is his skinniest goat? Leave the man alone

                          If you're concerned/fallen for her (and it's hard not too) offer to buy her.

                          Originally posted by morgansnmind View Post
                          Hey I'm not picking on him,you can't see how skinny she really is..she is BONES.
                          I don't think she's bones at all, at least not from that photo. From the angle that photo is taken she looks to be in pretty great condition. Her coat is a little unthrifty looking but her weight is pretty decent.

                          It's nice you're concerned, but I think overly so, they look very healthy. Does he know/allow you to throw extra hay to the goats? Like other animals, it's quite unhealthy for them to get overweight and they all look in good condition.

                          For comparison purposes here is our Deigo: http://nesfarm.blogspot.com/2011/11/diegos-leg.html looking a touch underweight (be about 5-10lbs, I'm picky...) from what I'd really like because he just got his cast off (from when he broke his leg). He is a Saanen which, like I mentioned, are supposed to look a little skinny, they are a milking breed.

                          And here are the rest of my goats: http://nesfarm.blogspot.com/2011/12/survy.html Including Survy who is in excellent condition (although he now looks pregnant...), he's a very nice but too small Alpine buck (also a milking breed), Yankey who is good for her breeding (part pygmy, part boer). And Harry (the other white one, pgymy x saanen) who is always too fat.

                          Eta: and my horse who is so fat I had her preg checked... no foals, just vet mandated diet

                          I don't feed my goats much 'cause they all need to loose some weight! Mine would really prefer hay you'd never think to feed to horses, if I give them the nice green orchard grass they pee on it. They want the weedy crap I'd never feed the horses, so we get along quite well .
                          "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
                          Nes' Farm Blog ~ DesigNes.ca
                          Need You Now Equine


                          • #14
                            He needs to worm test them to be sure about worms and if he's worming with the right stuff. Worm resistance in goats (and sheep) is becoming a bad problem in some places. Once the worms on your property are resistant to your wormers.. nothing will help. He MUST rotate wormers after he finds out what they're not resistant to. He needs to get familiar with the famacha testing where you check the eyelids and ONLY worm when they need it.

                            If you get her, look into cydectin wormer. Check labels in regards to milk transfer to the baby,etc.. call the vet to be sure, that (at least in sheep world) is the big gun for worms.

                            Does she have bottle jaw?
                            Fresh, Frozen & ISO Warmblood Breedings FB Group


                            • #15
                              Those nannies do not look like high percentage Boer goats to me. They look more angluar, like there is some kind of dairy goat influence in the recent past.

                              I also don't think she looks all that thin, either. But if you have fallen for her and the farmer is willing to sell her to you, then congratulations on your new pet!


                              • #16
                                She looks a bit thin, but she may be 'Milking off of her back" - i.e. putting more into milk production than she's getting in the way of feed. I have Boers, Nubians, and a couple of mixes (30 plus all told) and they run the gamut after kidding from still looking 4 months pregnant to OMG - they're STARVING - depending on first and foremost the individual goat, and also how much nubian she has in her. Were she mine the very first thing I would do is give her a shot of B vitamins - which boosts the immune system, and stimulates appetite.

                                Looking at her, I would guess she's not a purebred boer but rather some kind of a mix, but regardless, she could use some grain in addition to forage.

                                Goats actually need the same quality of hay as horses in order to thrive. Lactating goats need, just like lactating horses or cows, extra rations in the form of alfalfa and a grain or pellet ration. A good mineral supplement, containing copper, fed free choice is also critical.

                                Worming is tricky - there are NO goat specific wormers on the market - the product is not commercially viable so the companies won't put the $$s and effort into research and production of same. Ivomec (cattle injectable) used as a drench, Valbazen (also used as a drench) and Cydectin are all used on goats. Safeguard is virtually useless as the goat parasites have developed a virtual immunity to it. Cydectin is best saved as a last resort as there is absolutely nothing else available if the worms become immune to it. The only way to be sure of the worm load and the efficacy of a worming program is to run fecal tests. Checking the color of the eyelids is a good indicator - once you have the initial problem under control.

                                The rest of the goats (mama and all the babies) look to be in good condition.
                                "The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear" ~ Socrates


                                • Original Poster

                                  I'm back from my trip so here's the update. Baby goat from the brown sick goat was out of the fence yesterday and let me stuff him back under it. He's a sweet thing. Didn't see his momma anywhere so I asked the neighbor about her and he said she died the first week that I left. Vet told him he needed to do bloodwork and a full clinic physical on her to find out what was wrong. He didn't get it done. I 'think' it could have been her teeth because the neighbor says she makes a grinding noise when she eats.

                                  I knew she was bad ..I was hoping she would make it. :0( Baby is a good size now and will probably make it even though he's not taking a bottle.He is eating grain though. I told the neighbor to try a different bottles (my baby is picky too) so he's going to try that.


                                  • #18
                                    None of them look that bad to me. The doe probably had something else going on. Also, they don't look like full Boer to me thus not as meaty.

                                    Too bad he didn't have a necropsy done. Hopefully it's nothing contagious. They grind their teeth when they are in pain so that is probably what he was hearing.

                                    As for the baby not taking the bottle, most won't if they are started on the Mom. Maybe let him slurp from a bowl or something.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by morgansnmind View Post
                                      I 'think' it could have been her teeth because the neighbor says she makes a grinding noise when she eats.
                                      Grinding teeth is a goat's way of saying "I"m in pain". They will do it for a variety of reason. Has nothing to do with tooth or mouth pain. Can do it during a fever, pnuemonia, bloat, worms, you name it, that is the first sign many times that a goat is sick before they show other symptoms. Too bad no one could save her. I can empathize with not doing the full work up. Hopefully he kept her comfortable.
                                      Maria Hayes-Frosty Oak Stables
                                      Home to All Eyez On Me, 1998 16.2 Cleveland Bay Sporthorse Stallion
                                      & FrostyOak Hampton 2008 Pure Cleveland Bay Colt