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Bottle Babies
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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
Goat Genius
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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.

DragonLair Farm and Kennel in Central Maine with Nubians, Lamanchas and Oberhasli. Of course, combinations of 2 or more breeds happens also.
Goat Genius
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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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Julie H
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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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