Treating the Herd

16 May

It has been a great relief to find out what is wrong with my herd.  I took some of the hay from my bottom to be analyzed, and the results were surprising.  Remember, I said the average ppm (parts per million) of copper in my county is 16.7.  My hay came back as 1 ppm.

It’s no wonder my poor babies have been struggling lately.  Seriously, I have been very frustrated the last several years.  I have goat specific minerals coming, and I hope that will be enough to keep the rest of my kids safe.

Antigone

But my copper capsules arrived for the big goats on Monday!

I gathered everything together and prepared to give the capsules to the goats.

Of course, since I ordered them before I knew the dosage, I had to divide them in half.  It was interesting to see the little copper rods that fill the capsules.

Then I used the idea from one of my goat sisters (Thank you, Tracy!) to get most of the goats to eat them without any fuss or muss.

Peanut butter was the perfect glue to put the peanut back together with the capsule in it.

Although, it was a bit of a mess.

Cookie

Dolly was my first to try it, and most really did do well.  I have done most of my pregnant goats and the ones in the worst shape done.

Dolly

There are probably a few more I can get them down tonight, but then I need someone to help me with the last few because we’re going to have to use a pill pusher with them.  I should start to see a difference in their health within a few weeks.

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6 Responses to “Treating the Herd”

  1. Jeanne May 17, 2018 at 1:20 am #

    What a great idea for administering the copper! Since most of them love peanuts….! It’s really shocking that your hay is so terribly low in copper. Who would have guessed it!

  2. Margaret Birding For Pleasure May 17, 2018 at 2:15 am #

    Hope the peanut butter disguise works. No!w how do u solve the problem of your soil nt having c=enough copper? That is the real answer

    • Teresa May 17, 2018 at 6:52 am #

      The copper bolus is the fix. It is a slow release, six-month fix. I just have to do this every six months and provide them with a goat specific loose mineral. Easy peasy. (But we will keep practicing taking treats over the next six months.)

  3. janicead May 17, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

    Please, a video of the pill pushing? You might win $100,000 on AFV.

    • Teresa May 17, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

      Already done and no video, but I had professional help.

  4. Ty May 30, 2018 at 8:24 pm #

    I feel your pain hehe it’s time to dose ours and I’m dreading it 😂

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