baking soda???

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  1. Debara

    Debara Well-Known Member

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    i have not heard of giving the goats baking soda?! what for, how often, and this is regular household baking soda? Deb :rolleyes:
     
  2. homebirtha

    homebirtha Well-Known Member

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    Yes, regular household baking soda. Leave it out all the time. It helps keep their rumen working properly, keeps the acid levels down. This is especially important if you give any feed with molasses in it, and also during any feed changes, like lush pastures, new grain, etc.
     

  3. wooly1s

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    We second that! Ours always have access. The goats self-regulate.
     
  4. Sarah J

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    I get larger 50 pound bags cheap at the local farmer's co-op. A word of caution. They don't have "baking soda" ("have you tried the grocery store?" as they give me a confused look :shrug: ), but when I asked for sodium bicarbinate, "OH SURE! We've got that!" What do they teach people in school these days? :rolleyes:

    Sarah
     
  5. nubiannana

    nubiannana Willow Pond Farm

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    I would like some ideas of how ya'll feed your baking soda. Is there a special kind of "feeder" to get for just that or what? It seems to drawer moisture in the container that I use, which is just an open bin. Thanks in advance.
     
  6. Caprice Acres

    Caprice Acres AKA "mygoat" Staff Member Supporter

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    Would you like a pic of mine? LOL we built it out of scrap wood, about 16" wide OR SO (may be up to 2' wide, I'm not to good with measurements, lol), the roof is at a 45* angle, and the roof is actually a plastic storage bin, though you could use anything you want as the roof. I hang mine from the fencing. I then measured using my mineral feeder from jeffers livestock, the distance between the two outermost holes in the feeder, and marked them on the back wall of the feeder. Then we put in two screws at the before-mentioned measured out spots. They are at about another 45* angle to the back wood pointing upward so the feeder hung from it but could be easily removed by lifting... Here's the pics :

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    In the second pic I had taken out the actual mineral holder, as you can see my doe Boston sniffing it, lol. Here's the link to the black mineral holder, it's the 8th one on the page : http://www.jefferslivestock.com/ssc...VS3NT8TSRQB1CKBHF7&BrowseList=325&dept_id=326
     
  7. christij

    christij Well-Known Member

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    I'm new to goats.... so do you split the minerals from the baking soda?? How do you determine how much to put out at a time?

    Christie
     
  8. Caprice Acres

    Caprice Acres AKA "mygoat" Staff Member Supporter

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    The feeder has a divider down the middle, so it has two halves, which keep the minerals/baking soda separate. I make it easy to remove so I can move it or clean it. I just put it out and put more in as it gets depleted. I put in quite a bit so I don't have to go out every few days.
     
  9. nubiannana

    nubiannana Willow Pond Farm

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    I would like to see a picture of your feeder.
    I couldn't find anything with the link that you posted.
    Thanks!
     
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    nubiannana Willow Pond Farm

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    That is really neat!! And it can be used for baking soda as well?
    Wonder if I can get a big size box of baking soad at Sam's?
    Thanks for sharing this! I'll have to have my husband make one for my goat barn. Or two!!! lol
     
  12. homebirtha

    homebirtha Well-Known Member

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    Oh my gosh. That's brilliant. I've been looking for a better option then the open hanging feed troughs. I love that. Thanks!~!
     
  13. Caprice Acres

    Caprice Acres AKA "mygoat" Staff Member Supporter

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    Did my pics show up for you? :)
     
  14. nubiannana

    nubiannana Willow Pond Farm

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    No. The post said that the links were no longer available.
     
  15. Caprice Acres

    Caprice Acres AKA "mygoat" Staff Member Supporter

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    Here they are again :

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    In the second pic the mineral holder is taken out and on the ground (Boston is sniffin it!)