Medicated goat feed is a type of feed that includes a coccidiastat which helps prevent coccidiosis in goat kids. It doesn’t CURE them but keeps it UNDER CONTROL unless they become over-exposed.
I just do cocci prevention when they are kids and use un-medicated feed. and I haven’t had a problem in all the years I’ve been doing this. Why introduce toxins for problems you don’t have? Their immune systems should be plenty robust if fed a good diet and kept in a clean environment without overcrowding.
I would only “treat” if I ever have a problem. Goats have to build up immunity to coccidia and there are many different kinds as well.
Coccidiosis refers to a parasitic disease that affects a goat’s intestinal tract, and young kids are especially susceptible to getting it.
Commercial farmers usually treat their kids with medicated goat feed during the early months of life to be safe.
I don’t treat my kids with medicated goat feed because goats develop natural immunity against it as they continue to grow. Many people, like my neighbor Jenny, wait until the goat has coccidiosis and then treat them. However, my good friend, John doesn’t wait and treated them since day 1 – either way, you want to avoid drinking milk from a goat while they are being treated with medicated feed.
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Pros and Cons of Medicated Goat Feed
- Great for treatment
- Medicate goat feed keeps the spread of cocci under control
- It is great for commercial goat farming
- It doesn’t prevent your goats from catching it
- You can’t drink milk from a goat on medicated goat feed
- It could prevent your goat from building natural immunity against the different kinds of cocci
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Medicated Goat Feed Vs Non-Medicated
Dam-raised kids on non-medicated feed tend to develop resistance to coccidia versus ones raised on medicated feed.
You should treat kids that are symptomatic for coccidia.
Another good instance to use medicated goat feed would be when:
- You’re introducing a new kid to your herd or
- If your goat farm was heavily infested due to the many years of intensive farming.
I bought a Kid from someone who uses a Medicated Feed, what to do?
I will monitor that kid closely for signs of coccidiosis. If there aren’t any, I will slowly transition the kid to a non-medicated feed and continue watching for at least a month.
This is because such kids tend to have little resistance to coccidia.
Best Medicated Feed for Goats
Purina Goat Feed, 50 lb Bag
Purina medicated goat feed is yummy for goat and it works too! It is not costly and you can use it to put some weight on does.
How Long Do You Feed Medicated Feed?
Anywhere from two weeks – nine months.
Farmers like to feed medicated goat pellets to doelings until they are almost ready to kid and are moved to the adult pen. It contains AC and might be fed to bucks as well.
How to Control Cocci in Goats
You can prevent and reduce cocci contamination in goats By:
- Rotate feeding grounds
- Feed natural feeds, or take your herd out to graze. This helps build a natural immunity against it.
- Keep their environment clean, and dry.
- Put the animals on slats so that all fecal matter falls through and the animals are not coming into contact with feces.
- The stocking ratio should be in proportion to the size of the housing and should be changed after several years.
These practices help healthy non-stressed kids to develop resistance without the necessity of a coccidiastat. My goats have coccidia but they have built up enough resistance to where they are not symptomatic.