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Goat Poop Clumped – When To Worry!

Goat Poop Clumped- Goats are domestic animals that we all are likely to come about in most streets or compounds. However, having come across a goat on many occasions, we all can say how a goat poop should look. 

A goat poop should be dark, dry, and round pellets. But is there a need for concern if your goat’s poop isn’t dry and round pellet? If your goat’s poop is clumpy and wet, does it mean your goat is unhealthy? If your goat’s poop looks weird or clumpy, it could be a sign of disease in your goat. 

Many goat rearers believe goats can eat anything, so they show no concern about what they eat. But can goats eat anything? No, they shouldn’t! Some kinds of food can make them have clumped poop, and excess intake of some foods can make them have scours. 

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Goat’s poop clump calls for concern, and there is a great need for you to worry. If your goat has a clumpy poop, it can cause dehydration and sometimes may warrant death.

However, not all goats with clumpy poop have a disease. A change in your goat’s diet can make your goat have clumpy poop. 

Furthermore, there are some reasons why your goat may have clumpy poop, which you may care to know. Below are the reasons why your goat’s poop may be lumpy. 

Reasons Why Your Goat’s Poop May Be Lumpy (Clumpy)

Scours: Diarrhea in goat 

Goats have a digestive system that can store or fight against bacteria. But once this bacteria can overcome the digestive system and enter the goat’s body, diarrhea can occur.

Diarrhea can cause clumpy poop in goats, and if not treated on time, it will lead to dehydration and even death. Once you notice your goat has a lumpy poop, contact your vet immediately to avoid the goat’s death. 

The below are possible reasons why your goat may have a clumpy poop. 

Excess stress.

Coccidiosis: There is a protozoan called coccidian. It’s the primary cause of scours in goats, which can make many goat poops clumped. Many goats that feed on green grass are likely to carry this protozoan. And other goats can contract this disease through the poop. You are advised to isolate any of your infected goats to prevent them from transferring the disease to other goats.

●    Lush grass: Fresh green grass may look very attractive to goats, and they will have the urge to consume as many as they can. However, the goat’s digestive system cannot process much of this green grass. Excess green or wet grass will make your goat have scours. 

●      GrainJust as it is with grass, goats can’t just resist the sweet taste of grain. The more they take, the more they want. Grain has a sweet taste, which will make your goat always want to come back to you for more. However, excess of grain will result in many bacteria in the digestive system and lead to scours. 

●    Rich Hay or Alfalfa Hay: This is the artificial food given to goats, which looks and tastes like the good they eat on the field. When you suddenly switch their diet from green grass or grain to this food, it can cause scours or clumpy poop in goats. Also, too much of this food can cause scours, and you are advised to gradually introduce this food to them until their body system gets acquainted with it. 

●    Inappropriate food: Every animal has its dos and don’ts when it comes to food. Just as it’s unacceptable and harmful for dogs to eat chocolate, some foods are detrimental to goats and can make goats have clumped poop. 

Bad foods for goats 

● Alcohol

● Milkweed 

● Tobacco

● Chicken feed 

● Meat

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How to treat or Avoid clumped poop In Goats. 

● Give enough water to avoid dehydration. Make sure the water is clean. 

● Keep bedding clean: Try cleaning the goat’s beddings as many times as possible in a day. 

● Give your goat probiotics. It will help them balance the rumen by allowing only good bacteria to stay in their digestive system. 

● Balance the level of acids and fermentation in their digestive system by introducing baking soda to them. 

● Only feed your goat with grass hay. 

● Limit the amount of grain you feed your goat. 

How Should Healthy Goat Poop Look? 

Goat’s poop should be dry and stable, and it should be an oval shape, not stick together but separate and round pellets. Your goat poop look could say a lot about your goat, whether it’s healthy or not. 

With the guide below, you can tell why your goat’s poop looks the way they look. 

●    No poop: This is common, but it’s highly abnormal; Suppose your goat didn’t poop at least once in 24hrs. When your goat doesn’t poo at all in 24hrs, it could be because the poo has hanged in the intestines and could be very dangerous to your goat’s health. 

●    Meconium: This kind of poop is dark and sticky and is commonly found among new babies. This kind of poop does not signify any danger, and it’s completely safe and regular for newborn babies to have such poop. 

●    Watery yellow poop: When your goat is having this kind poop, it could be due to too much milk. 

●    Yellow grapes like clusters at 10-20 days old:  it’s safe for 20 or fewer days old goats to have this type of poop. It’s a sign of maturity in them. 

Goats Poop Clumped.

What to do with A goat’s poop 

It will be interesting to know that goat’s poop has an advantage(s) and can be used for various purposes, which we shall discuss. 

●    Fertilizer:  Just as cow poop can be used to hasten the growth of plants and supply more nutrients to plants, so can goat’s poop be used as fertilizer. 

●    Compost:  Goats poop can be used to make your compost pile porous. 

Final thoughts – Goat Poop Clumped.

Goat poop should be dry solid, black, and round pellets. If your goat’s poop is clumpy, you need to check the reasons and solutions for that with the above guide and consult your vet. 

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Ukwadia Matthew

I am Ukwadia Matthew. Pets and Lifestock Blogger and Author. I have a Farm where I get lots of inspirations from!!!

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