Just when I thought I had everything figured out and everything was going great...
My three first time bred yearling does all have loose teeth and are about to freshen.
One, the oldest by two months isn't too bad. One hasn't lost any teeth but they all spread out really wide. One lost some teeth, some are very crooked. I can't remember the last time I checked their teeth, though I think I checked around once a month for most of their lives and they were never like that until I noticed this morning.
I started a mineral mix about one month ago and they were all looking very good, low in worms and they look great on the outside, all developed well, are larger than their mothers. I fed a lot of kelp, good hay a redmond's salt block and about a handful of organic soaked oats or barley. I read that I should offer free choice kelp from the book I got my mineral mix from, but I thought I fed a lot, like one handful per goat at a time (I have very large hands).
I took them off the mineral mix now and on as much kelp as they want, I don't know what to do, any suggestions?
People told me that human mothers sometimes get loose teeth and sometimes braces when they are pregnant.
My kids are about to freshen in the next week, gotta watch.
Perhaps a good solution would be to take them out of the scrubby areas and put them on this really great spring grass? We have amazing dairy pastures here...
Emil - is it just the very front teeth that are loose?
Goats do change those teeth when they are about a year old, so if it's just those teeth that are loose it's probably completely normal. As the goat, and it's jaw, grows the baby teeth will appear 'spread out' and the new permanent theeth that grow to replace them will fill the gaps as they are bigger than the milk teeth.
soooo any ideas on things kids can chew on to help them with teething? I have an Alpine Buck (Miles Davis THE sweetest billy in the universe;) and he is chewing the fence to comfort himself so I have been making sure he gets out to forage so that he gets to work his teeth on bark and such and I have been bringing him apple branches, I was thinking that there may be something that will give him pain relief....maybe willow?