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  1. Beginners Goat Raising
    Have recently acquired some goats. I have a few questions, and this seems like a good place to ask. 1. How much grain do they need a day? I was told to give two handfuls once per day (along with mineral) but this doesn’t seem like a lot. The goats are four months old (all wethers) and I have...
  2. Beginners Goat Raising
    We are first timers getting 3 or 4 NDs this spring! We are looking at the round polydomes for their housing but they come in two different sizes, standard 7' and the mini 6'. How many goats will each of these accommodate? I'm leaning toward just getting the standard size since it is only a foot...
  3. Barnyard Bananza
    Proud new goat owner here, humbly offering a synopsis of my housing efforts over the last few weeks. I bought my first 2 goats about 1 month ago: 6 month old twin sister pygmy/Nigerian mixes (mostly pygmy). My initial plan was to use the cave behind my house as their shelter, unaltered (aside...
  4. Goat Management
    We raise Nigerian Dwarf goats for dairy and show. This year we will be breeding up to nineteen does. We leave kids with their moms until weaned. Last year we had thirteen does bred and segregating them was difficult. We have several indoor rooms/stalls that we divided into smaller areas with...
  5. Introductions
    We just closed on the new house when I saw the ad on craigslist. Goats were in the plan for next year, but these little girls were perfect for us. They had to be out of their current digs by the weekend, so we're now totally unprepared goat owners scrabbling to figure out what to do next. We...
  6. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hey all! I'm new to the forum and we are about to get two baby nubian/nigerian dwarf mix boys. We don't have an outside dog to protect them and do have predators in the area that I'm worried about so we need to close them up at night. We would also like to have a shed that has enough room for...
  7. Beginners Goat Raising
    I have 3 does and 1 buck, all miniature LaManchas. Since my does are all bred I have been leaving my buck with the girls. I have never owned my own buck before - is there any reason I should separate him out? My does are due to kid in late February through March. Obviously I will have to...
  8. Goat Management
    So I feel like it's time to change a few things. Mainly the hay and minerals I feed out, the vaccinations I give, the general lack of secondary supplementing(i.e. boluses, mineral/vitamin injections, extra feed additives), the routine hoof care I give and their shelter situation. I'm having...
  9. Goat Frenzy
    Just wanted to share the pictures of my new goat set up. I am still working some things out and am open to suggestions for improving things. I have one hoop structure for my goats to "live" in, one for storage and milking (this may be moved into the shed, not sure), and we will be building a...
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