I just got 4 new goats yesterday, they had not been cared for very well. They are just "brush" goats, I'm hoping to fatten them on grass and blackberries all summer and then butcher most of them this fall (all bucklings and any really poor specimens from the does). Anyway, these 4 new goats I have sequestered in a stall in the barn, separate from my existing herd. They are VERY thin - flat sides, hollows under the hip-bones, visible ribs. They were living full-time in a pen maybe 8'x10' - 4 of them - with a mud floor and a box to sleep under - no stall or bedding of any kind. I believe they were fed basically corn and hay, I really doubt any browse or pasture, lets just say that the previous owners didn't seem like the type to go to much effort (Ironically it would be so much easier and cheaper to turn them on pasture - with the horses they own! - than to pen them and hand-feed grain and hay!). I have been taking them out one at a time leashed, and letting them forage for about 10 minutes several times a day. I am worried if I give them very much they'll bloat, since I don't think they've had anything but grain and hay (and probably not much of either). I'm also giving them grain (sweetfeed, oats, corn, BOSS with lots of extra BOSS) dusted with baking soda (to help their digestion) - what they'll eat in 5-10 minutes, several times a day. They have free-feed hay and fresh grass cut yesterday from the field in their stall all day, but they don't seem to touch it. They were excited about the loose mineral I put out, though. When my husband gets home we're worming them. So, my questions are: 1. How long should I separate them from my other herd, and what am I looking for in the meantime? 2. Is there anything, besides grain - heavy on the BOSS - that I can do to put some meat back on these critters? 3. How much browse should I allow them right now, and over what time period should I increase to full, pastured browsing? Days, week, two weeks? 4. Can/should I give them a bath? They reek of urine (like I said, not cared for well! If so, use homemade soap/commercial shampoo/dish detergent, what? 5. At least 2 are pooping a couple tiny cowpies (golfball-sized) instead of numerous goatberries - is there anything I should do for that, or see how it goes with the better nutrition? 6. Any other concerns/recommendations? Please answer in the spirit of fixing the mistreatment of these animals, I'm not looking for herd-improvement criticism or recommendations to slaughter them all - that's the plan for some of them anyway, but I'd like to get more than 10lbs out of them! Also, I think a couple of them could be pretty nice does if they could just put on some weight and don't have any unseen issues. Thanks in advance!