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Seems like since we've had this board going I have this urge to want to know what everyone else does in a paticular situation. Like for example this morning my 3 year old Saanan doe Baby had that "I don't feel good " look. I had to just make her get on the stand , she usually ready and willing to get to her food. She just kinda nudged her food (no change in the feed). Her milk also seemed a little lower, she usually gives about 2 1/2 - 3 quarts. What do yal do in that situation. I really like hearing diffrent points of view, so everyone chime in. I love this forum and think there is lots of wisdom to be shared.

-- sherry mullins (, March 10, 2002


I usually give them nutra drench at the first sign of being off. Take her temp and listen to her rumen also. How long ago did she kid?

-- shari (, March 10, 2002.

She kidded January 7th and her kid is on her during the day and put up at night.

-- sherry (, March 10, 2002.

sherry, I look at it like I have some days that are just off and I don't feel hungry and I am not a productive as usual?? What do I do? Usually nothing if it is just one if the second day I am not feeling well or I am worse, than I start looking closer and do some medicating. I treat my "girls" the way I treat myself and it has worked for me for years.

-- diane (, March 10, 2002.

You could try giving her some baking soda if it is not aready being fed. Sometimes they just have a bad day, maybe ate a little moldy hay or whatever. If they act like this once or twice I pay attention but just offer the baking soda or a drink or cider vinegar and molasses (1/4 cup of each, it has to be real cider vinegar) in about 2 gallons of warm water. If it goes on longer it's time to find out why. A couple years ago almost all my does went off their feed, one doe had been picking at it, off and on, for a long time. I changed the feed and they all improved and regained their appetites immediatly. I think the feedmills sometimes fool around with the feed and don't tell us!!

-- Rebekah (, March 10, 2002.

Mindy didn't want to eat this morning either. I took a handful of the Diamond V Yeast I keep and sprinkled it over her feed, she liked it all up and decided to eat the black oil sunflowerseeds out of the mix and the alfalfa pellets. Now if she doesn't eat again this evening I will take her temp and give her a once over. B vitamins will perk their appetites, and since B vitamins are made in the rumen, I always think rumen first, sickness second. Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (, March 11, 2002.

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