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Signs of Copper Deficiency

21 May

When I discovered what was wrong with my goat herd, I was actually happy.  I got the impression that if I gave my goats the copper capsule twice a year, it would be wonderful.  Life would be perfect with them again.

Casey

But my goats are in worse shape now than they were when I first gave them the copper last year at this time.

Flower

The whole herd.

Thankfully, the copper I gave the girls last fall seems to have worked wonders for the kids.  None of them show signs of deficiency from before they were born.

Snow White

But the moms…many didn’t have milk.

Bonnie and Socks

They’re thin.

Annie

They’ve had bottle jaw from the severe anemia.

Mary

It’s not just the moms.  We had lice (parasitism is one of the signs). I actually had to get the vet here for Harley because the treatment I did wasn’t taking care of the problem for her.

Harley

We’ve had diarrhea.

Litha

Stormy even had bottle jaw, and she’s been retired from having kids for two years now.

Stormy

Their fur is coarse, thin, and coming out.

Dolly

It’s just a nightmare.  I am worried about my girls who are due in June.  Vinnie’s losing hair on her side.

Vinnie

Even Cupid, who was new to the farm last fall and was getting sweet feed with copper all winter is quickly losing ground now that she’s with everyone and not getting the extra feed.  She has a fish tail and is losing the fur from her tail.

I finally decided that the recommended dose was not enough.  The amount I was told to give them is half the dose on the directions that came with the capsules.  I gave everyone another capsule; hopefully, that will do the trick.

I really am at a loss of how to get things to improve.  If this doesn’t work, I don’t know what I’ll do.

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28 Mar

I’ve decided I need to quit breeding most of my goats.

Lily (already retired)

They seem to be okay with the copper capsules, but adding a pregnancy and raising kids to the mix, and they are struggling.

Haley

We’re giving all kinds of supplemental bottles to try and make sure the kids are well fed.

Spaz

That’s the best way to prevent any of the neurological symptoms we’ve seen in the past.

Astra’s girls

I just hope we can get through this season without any losses due to the copper.

Harley

Then we have to get through June kidding.

Wanda

Then I’ll be way more selective in who I breed.

Fading

6 Feb

I’ve noticed the last few days that the black is fading from Lily’s face again.

Lily taken 26 Jan 2019

They are not technically due for more copper until April.  Her fading color makes me think it might be time for more copper even though it hasn’t been six months.

Lily 12 May 2018 (just before getting the first dose of copper)

And if you don’t believe me that the entire herd was in critical condition just before we found out what was causing all the problems, look at the difference in the image above and below.

Lily (13 October 2018) just about the time they got their second dose of copper)

I sometimes wonder if these goats will ever get caught up.  At least I know what it is now, and I can do something about it.