I have been fighting with hoof scald in some of my goats all winter. In November 2013 I used zinc sulphate foot baths with some success, but the problem has recurred. So for the last three weeks I have been using the baths again which is a struggle to convince the goats to do. After all of this effort I still have two limping goats. So today I moved them into the Lame Goat Ward to keep their feet drier and more easily administer zinc sulphate to their hooves. So here are Jack and Bambi in their new abode.It seems to be the larger goats here that are prone to this. It does not seem to be breed specific and except that maybe the Angora goats seem more susceptible. My theory is that the large goats sink into the mud more, and their hooves stay moister. I feel bad for them though since they are in pain. This will work, but the question is for how long. So in addition to the Blind Sheep Ward, we now have the Lame Goat Ward. This means extra work feeding and watering them separately from the flocks.
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