Another question re: my poor Peaches : LUSENET : Dairygoats : One Thread

My doe who had the C section is no longer showing any temp at all, but I simply cannot get her to eat. Or drink. I am syringing Pedialyte into her three times per day and still doing the Probios. I tried hot water with honey this morning, and she would have none of it. All I could get her to eat was three leaves of dewberry plant.

She isn't down, but I am really getting worried. Is there anything that will perk up her appetite a bit? I am not asking that she have as robust an appetite as pre surgery, but she needs to eat something. She would have nothing to do with oats in hot wayer, beet pulp in hot water, swiss chard, or regular feed. Nothing. She has a very weak cud, but she still has it, and she will take a piece of hay from time to time, but nothing near what one would call eating. Any ideas would be appreciated.

And btw, my other does went gozo over the raw honey in hot water. They drank the entire bucket in less than five minutes. Even better than molasses to them.

-- Doreen (, March 26, 2002


I'm so glad to finally have an answer that might help someone! My doe kidded last Wenesday and was pretty much completely off her feed until yesterday, I finally just took her in. I had been giving her b complex injections and the vet said that was right and she gave Poppy another, just a stronger version and with in 6 hours she was eating some. This morning she ate almost half her normal breakfast and fought the other doe for some boss at noon! Yahoo...I was sure we were losing her. I sure hope you can get your Peaches back, Doreen. Thinking of you today. Cara

-- Cara Dailey (, March 26, 2002.

I have also been giving her B complex. I stopped doing it everyday...maybe that is my problem! Her sides are getting sore from all the poking. I'll give my vet a call and see if he has a more jacked up B to give to her. Thanks, and thanks for thinking about Peachy Keen and me.

-- Doreen (, March 26, 2002.

I'm sorry to hear she's not doing well. It sounds like you are doing everything physically possible for her. Maybe she is still grieving? It is not just and emotion but a hormonal thing.

Perhaps taking her for a brisk walk will clear her brain fog and stimulate her apetite.

-- Laura (, March 27, 2002.

I'm sure she is still grieving. It seems to me that there must be some kind of release of hormones that occurs upon natural delivery. I'm giving her lots of love and I will take her for a walk this morning. She is still getting up and down and she will follow me, albeit slowly, and walk around a bit. I don't think she hates me yet for poking her with needles all the time.

-- Doreeen (, March 27, 2002.

This is off of LaMancha talk, perhaps calcium? Vicki


Last year, during our trauma time (doe had a c-section and a dead birth, ugly story), we were milking the doe after the baby had fed. She was MOST interested in her milk for about a week, and would chow down - so we let her do so. AFter that week was over, and she was well on the road to being better, she not only stopped being picky with her diet, but didn't want her milk anymore. But, for that short time, boy howdy, she REALLY wanted it, and would suck it all down.

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (Nubians) (, March 27, 2002.

I have given her that option many times. A couple of times when her temp was low I have given her some Mylanta to be sure she had calcium. She doesn't have any interest in milk. One of my other does was very interested in her milk so I did let her have some for almost a week. It didn't hurt my feelings any, and she seemed to really want it. I have decided that after birthing I am simply going to offer milk to them for the first week because there have been a number of things posted over the net that seem to indicate it has been helpful.

-- Doreen (, March 27, 2002.

Just as a side note, several of us are dubious that tums or any other antacid has enough usable calcium to get into the bloodstream of a goat who needs it. Like folks who use it we don't have any idea if our hypothesis is true, or if they are correct, just a heck of alot more calcium in CMPK gel than in a couple of tums, like folks are talking about using on the other forums. Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (Nubians) (, March 28, 2002.

A few things that tempted my goat after a difficult kidding - animal crackers, oak leaves, fresh grass, saltine crackers, spinach, lettuce, carrot strips - you could try raisins, oats, oatmeal, breakfast cereal. I found that mine would eat each thing only once, but after a few days, she was eating enough of something that her rumen started up again. Walks did her a lot of good too. She was never down and started eating well within three days. Good Luck!

-- Wendy in VA (, April 01, 2002.

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