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In Reply to: questions? posted by dan on August 23, 2001 at 09:33:08:
Urinary calculi is like human kidney stones, but wethers cannot pass them very well and they could become blocked and die. To prevent this, they need a different diet than he does-so its good that you're not feeding them alfalfa pellets. Don't feed them that much corn either. As was mentioned, ammonium chloride added to the feed is good as well as a capful of apple cider vinegar added to their 5 gallon bucket of water.
I'm not sure what is causing the little guy's urine to be brown-he appears somewhat young to have urinary calculus-some of the others may have more ideas-urinary tract infection?
But one thing I can tell you is-don't change the feed all of a sudden. If the little guy has been eating alfalfa pellets until now, you may want to get him some--and then change over to his new feed gradually over the course of a wek or so. This will give him time to develop the rumen(necessary bacteria in one of his stomachs) to digest the new food.
Also, you mentioned maple leaf--make sure he does not eat any withered leaves of red maple since they are poisonous.Fresh or dried are okay. (The red maple I'm referring to isn't really red-the leaves are green like regular maples, but if you look at them closely the veins are reddish).
Good luck and please keep us posted.
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