Why is it important to give Copper?
Copper is an essential mineral for goats. Without it they can become sick, infested with parasites, and exhibit a plethora of other issues. Most soil in the United States contains less than 50% of the needed amount of copper. Since the soil is so lacking, copper must be supplemented in the diet and via bolus to avoid a Copper deficiency in your herd.
Normal method for giving Copper Bolus
Typically, copper bolus would be administered to a goat via a Balling Gun. The bolus would be place in the hollow tip of the balling gun, pushed to the back of the goat’s throat, and inserted for the goat to swallow. This method works great, but sometimes it can be a little stressful and uncomfortable for the goats.
No-Stress Method for Giving Copper Bolus
There is an alternative method of administering copper bolus to goats that by-passes the extra stress and discomfort. They won’t even know that you are giving them anything other than some yummy treats! All you need is some UltraCruz Copper Bolus and marshmallows or bananas.
Most of my goats love marshmallows so we use these first. Push 1 bolus in the middle of each marshmallow. You can also pour the copper out of the capsule into a hole poked in the marshmallow. Give to your goats according to the amount they need for their body weight.
Some goats won’t eat marshmallows (crazy, right?) so bananas can be used instead. Push 4-5 boluses into a banana and pinch off each one into a bite sized piece. Again, feed to your goats according to their body weight.
The goats were huge fans of this method and it worked out really well. They didn’t seem to chew the copper too much (which is a good thing) and they weren’t suspicious at all of our motive for giving these sweet treats.
I do have a couple of cautions for you before trying this out…
- Goat bites aren’t pleasant so be careful when putting the marshmallows & bananas in their mouths.
- Don’t use this method every time you administer copper as chewing the copper could possibly lessen its effect.