How much do you feed your pygmies/ N. Dwarves?

Discussion in 'Goats' started by jen74145, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. jen74145

    jen74145 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Oct 30, 2006
    Northern California
    How much does the average little goat go through during the day? And how much does it multiply when she's feeding kids/milking?
  2. Caprice Acres

    Caprice Acres AKA "mygoat" Staff Member Supporter

    Mar 6, 2005
    Daily ration is 1/4 cup for mine, and that is only during late fall/winter/early spring when there's no grazing. Then when flushing I gradually increase to 1 cup untill bred, then on down back to 1/4 cup. During last month of pregnancy, it starts at 1 cup and gradually changes to 2 cups. This stays at 2 cups till her udder develops to accomodate her babies, then I feed according to that. I don't even feed grain in the summer unless they are pregnant/lactating, and I used to not feed hay because they didn't need it... But I'll have to feed hay this year as I'll have too many goats on the same amount of land...

  3. PygmyLover

    PygmyLover nigerian & pygmy breeder

    Oct 12, 2006
    Atco, NJ
    for my pygmies I feed them around 1/2 to 1 cup when dry

    once bred they go down to 1/2 to nothing
    at 60 days I feed them 1 cup
    at 120 days I cut them down to 1/2 (don't want big kids to hard for them to delivor).

    This came from a study I read about.
  4. moonspinner

    moonspinner Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    western NY
    This is kind of a loaded question because you need to consider your entire feeding program: type of grain, type of hay and how nutritious it is, are they on pasture and what kind, the condition your goats are in, etc. I can only speak for my NDs. My open does get one cup a day of a custom feed mix from my feed store to which I add BOSS and alfalfa pellets. They are on a timothy/brome hay with some orchard and trefoil mixed in. Limited pasture. They are supplemented over half a year with a variety of browse too. None of mine are ever overweight.
    When does are pregnant I work up to two cups a day by kidding time and then depends on how much milk they're giving, number of kids they have, etc.