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snic2goats
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« on: September 01, 2017, 03:33:35 PM »

My 10 year old Nigerian dwarf goat is having trouble chewing timothy hay.   Problem seems to be in jaw teeth .  What should I feed that she is able to chew better ?  Appreciate any help.  Living in Alaska there is not much choice in hay.Thanks
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dragonlair
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2017, 05:16:02 PM »

Soaked beet pulp, complete feed made for horses, Chaffhaye, alfalfa pellets, hay replacer pellets, bagged hay like stuff- Dengie or Lucerne Farms makes it. Not sure if you can find any of those up there, though.
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imalilbirdie
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2017, 06:07:52 AM »

I fed my senior goats, the Purina Equine Senior.  You can put a small amount of warm water on it and it will become really soft and easy to chew...it's a complete feed with the hay inside of it.  It's really a good food for goats...however, be prepared, it's not cheap.  I also bought at Tractor Supply the dehydrated Timothy hay (they also have dehydrated Alfalfa hay as well), you add warm water to it, allow it to soak for a little while and its soft and easy for them to chew.  I also added some cattle glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM to our senior goats feed, helps to keep those joints in good shape.  Past that, that's all I gave my Seniors and they did pretty good on it. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2017, 01:13:51 PM »

The senior horse feed ( complete feed with added roughage) bagged alfalfa or timothy works well.   Before you soak the feed make sure she will eat it soaked, some don't like it wet and I wouldn't want to waste it.

as mentioned none of it is cheap, but 1 smaller goat shouldn't be too bad.
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