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  1. Beginners Goat Raising
    This is my first winter with my goats, and I feel like they are continuously dropping weight. I have nigerians, 3 wethers, all about 11 months old. This is their diet: 1/4 cup Homestead Harvest grain 1x/day 1/3 cup calf manna 2x day Free choice orchard grass hay all day, it never runs out...
  2. Goat of the Month
    Hello All, So very happy I found this Goat Spot! New goat owner here....and how do you ask a question, you do not know to ask...other then read, a lot of peoples questions! :) We live in Washington State, 7 acres. Our 7 month old twin Oberhasli wethered goats, did great this past...
  3. Goat Management
    Now that my little guy is feeling better, I was thinking of giving these two a proper diet. I've been feeding them orchard hay at night and they have been getting pasture during the day. I was feeding Black Oil Sunflower Seeds at two quarts a piece (four pounds) which is a lot now that I've...
  4. Introductions
    Hi from New Zealand. I'm a new goat mum, my hubby went out hunting Sunday and brought back a feral kid for our 9year old. I'm not on how old she is but would guess at about a week? My issue is she's not interested in drinking. I'm forcing the teat (the red and yellow, same one we've used for...
  5. Beginners Goat Raising
    Well it's beginning to look like we're going to bite the bullet and get our own herd sire (driveway dating is not working out for our girl haha). We have a separate barn and pasture where we'll house our buck and (after his quarantine ends) our wether. I've been searching around but haven't been...
  6. Goat Management
    So, today, i was looking at my does, like really looking, and i realized that my milkers are in perfect condition! But the 3 other does who aren't providing for me right now are a bit over conditioned! Jenny has slight rolls by her armpit area... Ooops! So here is the plan Milkers: 1 cup oats...
  7. Goat Management
    So just today, i started giving my goats their herbal dewormers in their grain, and i used crisco canola oil to help the powder stick to the grain so they cant eat around it or blow it out when they breath. I used 3 cc in each of their servings. But i want to use an oil that is a bit healthier...
  8. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hi Guys! Im curious about your feeding schedules. Do you have guidelines that you follow for all your goats? Like what you feed, and how much? at 2 months old? 4 months old? 6 months old? A year old? Do you change what you feed from when they are young to when they are adults? For Dwarfs? Full...
  9. Goat Frenzy
    My husband had an idea for the 'ideal' goat feeder, so he designed and built it. Our requirements were: On "our" side of the fence so we don't get jumped on or have to struggle with the goats while trying to feed them A cover food is totally out of the weather Not so covered that the alphas...
  10. Meat Market
    So my herd is mostly all Kiko. I love them so far, but have yet to get into the meat market side for them. I'm still breeding and hoping to up my numbers soon just for this. Have any advice for them as far as a meat goat? Any good methods for feeding or tips for getting them larger faster? What...
  11. Health & Wellness
    Hi- We have one wether kid and two does. I know that we should be feeding the wether kid grain while he grows, but that soon we need to start being carful about UC. Currently we feed all three together. They get a good grain mix (new Country organic goat feed and/or Nature's Best pellets; with...
  12. Dairy Diaries
    Okay, so Baby kidded trips on May 9th, and i started milking her about 2 weeks after that. I had to stop around the 4th of July to go to a wedding in Arizona, because i cant find anyone who will milk for me when I am gone. I am still not milking her because of another family trip we were...
  13. Goat Management
    I have recently added alfalfa pellets and black oil sunflower seeds to my grain ration. The question is how much of each should I be feeding? My does are four and five months old now (kinders if you don't know) and they are on forage (when they will venture into the woods), some sort of hay...
  14. Health & Wellness
    Hello! So I know this is a potentially strange question - but do goats need unlimited access to some type of forage? My reason for asking is that we have been trying chaffhaye for our herd over the last few weeks and absolutely LOVE it (and so do the goats ;) ) but boy can they burn through a...
  15. Health & Wellness
    would anyone mind giving me their bottle feeding schedule? I’m wondering when you start decreasing number of feeds. The schedule I’m going by now has it at 4 weeks to go down to 3x a day IF they’re eating well (I’m assuming that means if they’re eating hay well).
  16. Goat Management
    baby was put in with the buck for a week, but i had to put her back in with the does because its pouring and i want her in with the does so she can snuggle up with them and keep warm. i am worried about her feeding. I'm giving 1/2 cup whole oats and 1/2 cup barley TWICE daily. Every now and...
  17. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hi, looking for some advise on what to feed my boys. I think I've overwhelmed myself and overthinking it but there is so much information and I'm so confused! First, I live in coastal northern CA, I have two 1 year old ND wethers and one lamancha and something else cross that I am fostering...
  18. Health & Wellness
    my daughter (13) bought a 1 1/2week old dwarf nigerian male on 7/14. We went by the amish and picked up goat milk went and bought some pritcherd nipples and were doing well, you know the little thing is living in her room in a playpen. we are looking for some answers and are having a really hard...
  19. Goat Management
    In speaking with a few goat/horse owners I know locally as well as in other states, the price per bale is way up from last year (from $7.00 to $8.75 bale) but the quality of alfalfa grass hay is not very good - bales have a lot of thick stems, don't smell good, and are not as good of quality as...
  20. Beginners Goat Raising
    I just got 2 Nigerian dwarf wether kids who were recently weaned. I am just wondering what is the best amount to grain to feed them and how often. I currently have Purina Noble Goat Grower 16 as a dressing and Purina Goat Chow as the primary food. I also have them on Manna Pro Goat Minerals...
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