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  1. Beginners Goat Raising
    Yup, it's true. I love our goats, but one of the first things I discovered is that I have NASTY hay allergies. I have to schedule my goat activities around when I shower in the afternoon, I always have to change my clothes and wash my face after throwing one armload of hay into the rack, I can't...
  2. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hi, All! I'm raising not only my first goat but, she's also a bottle baby. I've had her since she was 24 hours old and now she's 3 weeks old today. I bought some lamb/kid feed but she has no interest in it whatsoever. She's nibbling on grass and flowers but won't eat hay or pellets. Is she...
  3. Waiting Room
    I have a first generation mini Nubian that I bred with a purebred Nubian stud. I have always fed her Timothy hay for the last 2 months of pregnancy so the babies don't get too large. Should I continue switching her hay for the last 2 months? If I continue feeding her alfalfa for the duration...
  4. Goat Management
    I was wondering if goats should have access to hay all day long. I have been feed them four flakes in the morning then again in the afternoon. During those two feedings they have brown winter pasture.
  5. Goat Management
    Silly question, I know! But when I looked it up I didn’t find much info. I know lactating does benefit from alfalfa, but I’m curious if pregnant does need it too, or if it will just fatten them up and make delivery harder. Thanks!
  6. Goat Management
    Looking into doing fodder for my goats (2 ND does, 2 LaMancha does, 2 ND bucks). What i want is to at the very least replace the grains i feed them daily, and at most replace the hay i have to buy them. Our goats have access to foraging on our property. I can't find how much of what type of...
  7. Health & Wellness
    Hello, I have three Nigerian Dwarf does that are eight months old and they are getting fat. By fat I don't mean big bellies, they are chunky. Right now, besides free choice minerals, they are only getting local grass hay. I don't restrict it but I am starting to wonder if I should. They are...
  8. Barnyard Bananza
    We live in very wet western NC. We are getting rain darn near every day right now and we just had a problem where the drainage behind the barn that usually goes around the barn changed paths and was in fact running into the barn. So needless to say we had about a inch deep two foot wide puddle...
  9. Health & Wellness
    Ok, so I'm trying to line up winter hay for my goats, because the guy we get hay from will be cutting and baling in a few weeks, and I'm trying to plan it so he can just bring the bales over and stack them in the barn. He's got an orchard grass/alfalfa mix that the goats LOVED last year, but he...
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  10. Goat Frenzy
    So back in January, I got a mini horse, she's super cute and super sweet, but now she's not letting my goats ANYWHERE near the hay. I'm not able to feed them outside anymore because she comes over and tries to kick or bite them to get them away. so in the barn they go, to eat! also of them...
  11. Beginners Goat Raising
    I will be bringing home my bottle babies in 1 week. They will be 6 weeks old. What do I need to supply them with food wise? They will still be on the bottle and I believe they currently have hay available to them. What else do they require at this point? Grain, sweetened, minerals?? Thank you!
  12. Health & Wellness
    I'm sure there must be something about this in another thread, but searching "hay analysis" didn't bring up anything that looked promising. How does one go about getting their hay tested? Do the minerals in hay vary enough that hay should be tested regularly, even if it comes from the same...
  13. Goat Management
    hi everyone :) Thinking about changing my goats hay as have not been impressed with what I usually get. It seems a bit dusty and the goats are refusing certain bales. Does anyone feed goats Timothy hay? I have just been feeding what I assume is mixed from a local farm. Do they like this hay? I...
  14. Goat Management
    I do have a question so, If you want to skip to the question go to the second to last paragraph. Two days ago when I went to filled up my boys' hay feeder I grabbed a handful of hay after cracking open a new bale for routine sniff test. The best way I can describe it is strong smelling. Not...
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  15. The Chatter Box
    Some people get excited for pay day. I get excited for hay day! Getting hay is the one of my favorite things! I just get so excited knowing that we will be safe for at least one more winter. I have been looking around for hay since the girls are losing weight, pasture is now a desert and no...
  16. Barnyard Bananza
    I got this idea from a friend and then we improved upon the idea. Got the IBC for free off Craigslist. I wrote about how we created it in my blog so if you want more specific details on it, read about it here http://springwoodcashmerefarm.com/new-hay-feeders/ you can email or text me if you...
  17. Beginners Goat Raising
    hello I’m in north Florida. I have no grazing.(there is some but it’s grass and they don’t seem interested in it I’m guessing because they have pooped on most of it.) I have 2 goats like about 1-2 years old female. One is Sanaan the other is a different breed and is black and white and smaller...
  18. Goat Management
    Hello all! Soon to be new goat mom here, about to ask a loaded question. I've seen so many recommendations on hay feeding. In my area we have T and A, straight Alfalfa, and timothy and orchard mix. No peanut hay nearby unless I want to drive quite a ways, unfortunately. Is Timothy and Alfalfa a...
  19. Beginners Goat Raising
    I am going to be a new goat owner soon and I am trying to learn as much as possible. I have most of it down, but i read so many different things on what to feed and how much. I will have 2 Nigerian Dwarf. 1 wether and 1 doe. They will be 2 months old when I get them. I was told by the lady I'm...
  20. Goat Management
    I am trying to get away from alfalfa, what is a good hay to use, I have heard no Fescue or .timothy. Why are those not good for goats and what other hay should I look into?
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