Copper Deficiency in Goats: How to Identify and Treat It (2018)

Copper Deficiency in Goats: How to Identify and Treat It (2018)

Hi, I’m Wendi with Country Bumpkin
Homestead. And today, I’d like to introduce you to Lake Superior. It formed in my yard last night. Along with… Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. I’ve noticed a copper deficiency in my herd of goats. And because they’re getting ready to have their babies, I want to get them in the best shape possible. Copper deficiency affects your goats nerves, bones, fur, connective tissue, and the red blood cells in its body. Another thing that the copper helps prevent is an infestation of the barber pole worm. This is a nasty, blood sucking, intestinal parasite that can cause anemia, diarrhea, lethargy, dehydration, and if the case is really bad even death. So, it’s very important that they have plenty of copper in their system. This is a mineral that can’t be produced by the body. It has to be eaten. If your environment doesn’t produce a lot of copper, you have to give them supplements. Some of the foods that you can feed your goats to help them with their copper would be, give them some flower seeds lentils almonds blackstrap molasses turnip greens Some people swear that if you’ll soak barley in a copper pan overnight and then feed it to your goats that this will also help. But when all else fails and you still know this signs of copper deficiency, you need to resort to the… copper bolus. This is Orca, and she’s the one that
always has a problem with copper deficiency. It shows up in her first and I take that as a sign to go ahead and knock it out in all of them. As you can see here, her fur is a lot more coarse. And it’s got a little bit of a coppery discoloration to it. She’s usually a lot darker than that. Also if you’ll notice her tail, that’s what they call a fish tail. Those are some signs that she’s definitely going to be needing some copper. Come on girls, let’s go. I prepared for my goats some marshmallow treats. Basically, I just put a hole in the middle of the marshmallow, and I put the copper bolus in there. I have a balling gun. That’s those long shot looking things that you put down their neck. It’s not fun to do for us, and it’s not fun for them either. I heard that this was a good option and this is my first time trying it. Because I just did not want to have to shove a pill down their throats again. All right, so I hope you can see
that. Sprinkles on top! It works. Come here baby. She’s like, “Nooo!” Let’s see how… Mary eats anything. They’ve never had marshmallows before so this is a new experience. Well, this isn’t working. So, we’re going to move forward with making some… Basically, they’re like a no-bake cookie for goats. You use some peanut butter, some molasses. Blackstrap molasses, as you recall, already has copper in it. Sunflower seeds also has copper. We’re gonna put some oats and just mix that up. Now, my goats are familiar with all of these ingredients. The only thing that they might be suspicious of is the peanut butter. Time for the messy part. Rolling these into balls or sectioning them off. All right, I’ll wash my fingers, and then I’ll
open up each capsule. One moment… I’m back! Let’s make a little… Like mashed potatoes
and gravy you want that hole in the middle. That’s where we’re gonna put try
to put this in. They must have got some humidity or something to cause those to fuse. There we go. As you can see, they’re just little copper rods. So, we’re going to mix that in. I went ahead and rolled these balls in some extra oatmeal. So that they would be less sticky on my fingers. Let’s go ahead and see what Orca thinks about them. That didn’t last long. On to the next goat. Well, hello Mary. Let see what you think. I think she likes it. I’m telling you this does not take long for them to eat. They really liked it. So, I think, definitely, these peanut butter balls are a lot better than the Marshmallows. I bottle-fed all three of my females. It’s been a lot of fun, watching them grow up. Learning how to take care of them was scary. I had to do a lot of research. And, luckily, I had good friends that
encouraged me and told me what they knew. That’s what my channel is all about. Encouraging others. I’d like to invite you to show your support by liking commenting and subscribing Thanks for watching this video and have a blessed day.


  1. Don't be shy. Let me know what you think about the video. I'll try to get to all the questions as soon as possible.

  2. So informative! I just gave my copper bolus to my two wethers yesterday. I stuffed the pill into a piece of bagel…shortly thereafter devoured. I was so relieved, I did NOT want to have to go down the balling gun route.

    My boys loved maple cinnamon French Toast bagels 😛

  3. That's such a helpful video!!! I'm new to goats and when I get into anything I research kind of obsessively. So when my black does started having a slight reddish look to their coats (nothing major but noticeable when you look closely) I decided it was time to order the copper bolus pills. In waiting for them, I also bought 2 new goats, a large Nubian doe with her doeling (when comparing them to my Nigerian Dwarfs they're huge) She looks VERY copper deficient!! She also has horns and I don't want to attempt to shove pills down her throat lol, I will totally use this method to set us both up for success! Thank you SO MUCH!!!

  4. Hi, just found your channel. Love it 😉 I use pitted dates to give my goats copper bolous plus I make capsules of their herbal wormers and they get one every day as a treat. Works like a charm and super easy 😉

  5. Well if nothing else I will try this treat. Lol! How did your goats do? I read that its better to use the mean ol bolus gun be ause it gets the rods further down in their rumen dor better absorption other wise the rods may stick to the esophagus and not absorb as well. Maybe some in a treat is better than the struggle to get that thingy down their throat.

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