|Yep, I said Baking Soda
Baking soda is a natural antacid. It helps a goat maintain
the proper acid level in its rumen. A goat's rumen is full
of "good bacteria" which helps them to digest their food.
(Sidebar: did you know that all of the goat's vitamin B
needs are met by the functions of these "good bacteria"?)
If the goat's rumen is not properly balanced, these
organisms can become too few or too many - that's when
you start dealing with problems of bloat and poor nutrition.
Goats actually know when they need an antacid. If you
keep the sodium-bicarbonate on hand, free choice, they
can help themselves to it whenever they need it. Sodium-bicarb can be found at your local
feed store and is far less costly than the boxes of baking soda you find at the grocery store.
Provide the sodium-bicarb in free-choice feeders. Keep in mind that during warmer
weather goats tend to need more bicarb than during other times of the year. Check out the
PVC mineral and soda feeders I keep in the goat barn. It's easy to make and even easier
|See my PVC Mineral Feeder
I use this feeder for the goats'
baking soda also.
|Photo taken by Carlos Zink