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How much hay to feed goats
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joe    Posted 11-25-2003 at 13:45:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello, how much hay do you feed 9 goats ,I have square bales. Thank you for your help.

Jim in michigan    Posted 11-26-2003 at 02:51:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
i use a bale ring to put my square bales in, works great, I put hay in and when its empty I put more in,, it varies from week to week on what the lil guys eat...usually 3-4 bales per week for 10 pygmies,,,Jim

joe    Posted 11-27-2003 at 09:49:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for you help with the hay,but what is a bale ring?

Greg F.    Posted 11-25-2003 at 16:19:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well let’s see. I am feeding three dry dairy and two pygmy’s. We use about a bail and a quarter a week if we are feeding alfalfa. If we are feeding grass hay we go through about a bail and three quarters a week. It takes a little more grass to do the job in the winter. Works out to be about 9 lbs per day for the five depending on the weight of the bail.
You need to take into account the quality of the hay. Good alfalfa running 12 to 15 percent protein is normally what we buy. We only feed first or second cutting. Never third or fourth. We have found third and fourth to be a little too rich for them and may cause bloat problems. If you can find a decent alfalfa that has some weeds mixed in they really seem to like that. We also supplement some sweet feed along with the hay. About a half of a lb to three quarters of a lb about two to three times a week for the dry does. If they are being milked you will want to feed sweet feed every day to help milk production and keep weight on them.

It is going to depend on the breed and if they are being milked. If you have milkers you may need up to about two to three lbs per day depending on the breed.

You also want to give them loose minerals free choice as well as baking soda free choice. Get the good goat minerals. The minerals that are labeled sheep and goat are too low in copper for goats.

Hope this helps a little.

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