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Two new French Angora

Post Number:#1  Unread postby ozemba » Wed May 02, 2018 2:39 pm


Hello, my highly anticipated French Angora pair are finally here from Six Gun! They were on transport for much longer than originally supposed to be and have lost condition I'm guessing from traveling stress. The doe is extremely skinny while the buck is underweight, both are eating hay and drinking water but I haven't noticed much food missing from their bowls as of the whole 24 hours I've had them. They are both in full coat and I've got a question.

What would be best:

Shear them so I can keep a better visual on their body condition?

OR

Leave them in full coat and just make sure they are getting what they need to fatten back up to normal weight? (Checking by feel rather than sight)

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Re: Two new French Angora

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Zass » Wed May 02, 2018 6:08 pm


Rapid loss of condition is usually due to dehydration.
Perhaps from being in a hot vehicle?

I'd make sure they have access to salt and minerals, as well as plenty of water. Maybe in a bowl instead of a bottle, for easier lapping? Also, check their stool.

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Re: Two new French Angora

Post Number:#3  Unread postby ozemba » Fri May 04, 2018 9:10 pm


Zass wrote:Rapid loss of condition is usually due to dehydration.
Perhaps from being in a hot vehicle?


I wouldn't have thought it would be too hot, transport got stuck in snowstorms up North (down south if you're in Canada ;)) I had to have a friend meet the transporter I couldn't get out of work to drive the 3 hour round trip, she said they both drank a lot of water the night she had them and the doe ate a lot of hay while the buck was devouring his pellets.

They are inside, so I can keep an eye on them while it isn't really too hot here yet, highs in the mid-70's what most people keep their houses at.

-- Fri May 04, 2018 9:10 pm --

But the question remains, to shear or not to shear?

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Re: Two new French Angora

Post Number:#4  Unread postby SixGun » Mon May 28, 2018 10:14 pm


Shearing will give you the opportunity to monitor their condition, and will keep the mats and grooming to a minimum, but it could cause some stress all on its own.

Are they eating better now?

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Re: Two new French Angora

Post Number:#5  Unread postby ozemba » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:12 pm


They are both sheared and doing very good. Ghost has always eaten well, he's a big ole softy too, and Freyja is having a good time with the Holland girls in the colony, she is the queen and she knows it.

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Re: Two new French Angora

Post Number:#6  Unread postby SixGun » Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:18 am


Oddly enough, when we first got Ghost, he wouldnt eat for almost ten days. Just minor amounts of water. I was going out of my mind. I think shows and such really helped him respond more positively to change and stress.

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