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In Reply to: questions? posted by dan on August 23, 2001 at 09:33:08:
Congratulations on your second goat! Jasper and Jackson - great names! Jasper is still going to cry for awhile since you have been the "leader" for him up until now. It's important that you remain the leader (as opposed to the follower) the entire time you own goats. He will eventually settle down and realize the new goat is his buddy. He will probably still cry when he sees you - all of our goats still do that, but parting is not as traumatic as it once was because there are so many goats now, how coan they be lonely.
By the way, intermingling them should be okay - I think this happens alot in the Pygmy lines.
Feeding feeds to high in protein will cause urinary calculi as will feeding a diet that isn't balanced - 2.5:1 calcium to phosphorus ratio. Vicki and some of the others can give you the complete breakdown on this as they've been explaining it for years. The male goat can develop this - it is stones in the urinary tract that block flow, eventually causing the goat to "plug" up and burst the bladder. Treatment is easy and cheap - feed or add to the bucks water Ammonium Chloride. This prevents urinary claculi by acidifying the stones and letting them pass freely. There are also a few articles on Urinary Calculi in our Articles section:
The Ammonium Chloride we also have available here:
As for books, yes there are several and perhaps one of the newest that I'm reading and pushing is Natural Goat Care by Pat Coleby. It is a fascinating book that has taught me a great deal that I thought I already knew. You may want to check it out too:
Of course I'm trying to push a few products here but then again you asked and I figure it would be better that you know about them and their availability than having to go search them out on your own.
Enjoy your new goats and don't be afraid to ask questions - that's what we are here for!
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