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  1. Bucks
    So I thought I was set on wethering at three months of age because I thought that was long enough to wait for them to develop fully to help with UC issues, but now I'm seeing things like four, five and six months being recommended. I have one buckling this year that I am definitely wethering...
  2. Health & Wellness
    I was just curious if anyone else here uses the surgical procedure for castrating bucks. Most people here use the banding or burdizzo method I think. I actually heard of these for the first time in this forum! What method do you use? At what age do you castrate? Do you do it at home or does a...
  3. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hi I’m very new to goats and this summer bought two baby Nigerian Dwarf boys who are brothers. Both were banded and are presumed wethers - one was banded by a vet at about two and a half months old and his brother was banded earlier on by the lady we got them from. One wether (named Tito) will...
  4. Health & Wellness
    Hi everyone. So I know someone on here recommended kelp for wethers to help prevent UC? I’m guessing this is because of the sheer amount of calcium in it. I just wanted advice on the minerals from the kelp in the picture. Is this too much when compared to the phosphorus? Currently my pets are...
  5. Introductions
    I got two wethers from a retired couple with a hobby farm a week ago today. They were very shy and terrified the first two days of our two dogs, but they are coming along now. The guy we got them from said that they just feed their goats sweet grain and medicated goat grain, snacks (carrots...
  6. Health & Wellness
    Hi, My 10wk old alpine bucks are both having issues with their horns. I got them when they were 8wks, both had slightly flaky horns when I picked them up but I figured it was normal/a sign of having been sick (both had sore mouth at 4 weeks old, were clear for over a week before I picked them...
  7. Introductions
    Hi there my name is Brittney. I am new to this site and I have five goats currently. I don't know much about raising goats I've had my two weathers for almost 6 months I just acquired a beautiful buck and to pregnant dose which means I'm going to be having some kids soon. I am in need of some...
  8. 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...
  9. Health & Wellness
    Hi all. I have been told/read that apple cider vinegar is good to help prevent UC in wethers. Does anyone else use it for this, and how much would I need to put in their water? The bucket is about two gallons. Should it make them drink more?
  10. Goat Frenzy
    I currently have a nigerian buckling and a wether. The buckling is on the small size. Next year I also want to get a few mini-nubians so i want a mini-nubian buck. Would it be unfair to throw a bigger buck in with my little gentlemen? Or do you think both my nigi wether and nigi buck could...
  11. Goat Frenzy
    Hullo from Colorado! I'm a hopeful future goat Mom! This summer my husband and I are building a house, and for the first time in my adult life I'll have a yard of my own! At first we considered getting a dog, but as lovely as dogs are, I don't want one??? I know weird right? I think a part of...
  12. 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...
  13. Beginners Goat Raising
    Our Adult Alpine doe, who has 3 mo. old girl twins, won't let our 4 mo. old boer wethers in her stall. We are trying to integrate the boers with the Alpines. They have already been introduced in the pasture but she won't let them eat with her or be in a stall with her and her kids. She headbutts...
  14. Introductions
    Hi there! My name is Abi. I’m a new and excited goat owner! My boyfriend gifted 2 billy goats (now wethers) to me for Christmas. While I’ve owned horses for 10 years and know them well, goats are proving to be fairly different — especially when it comes to interacting with them! I have 2 goats...
  15. Health & Wellness
    I keep getting told my goats are fat. Thoughts? They are almost 1 yr old. They are wethers. They are Michigan goats, so they have thick wooly coats. Maybe an extra layer of fat? They get 1 cup each of Noble Goat 2x per day and free choice grass hay. Alfalfa cubes 1-2 times per week. Not...
  16. Goat Management
    Hey, all! Back in 2012 when we started, my mom and I both had ADGA memberships. Mine was a junior membership, and I could use her herd name and tattoo numbers. Now that I'm a regular member I've been told by ADGA that I can still use her herd name and tattoo numbers, which is awesome. But I...
  17. 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...
  18. Health & Wellness
    I have two yearling Nigerian Dwarf wethers. One has recently developed very flaky, dry skin. Their diets are the same, yet only the one has this issue. I don't think it's lice because the flakes aren't moving and I would think the other guy would have some too since they are constantly...
  19. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hey guys! Ive only ever had a couple goats and all have been related. I had to put my one female to sleep two weeks ago and wanted to get a companion for her brother (pygmy wether) since he is now all alone. So i finally got the new fence set up today and brought the new goat home (nubian...
  20. Goat Management
    Okay y'all, my two boys are a little over a year now, and I am STILL having trouble trying to figure out what to feed them and what not because they're are so many conflicting answers when I read up on it. Of course my main concern is making sure they don't get urinary calculi. I have been...
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