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  1. Health & Wellness
    Today night we are experiencing some light rain with temperatures hitting as low as 54°F. Will I have to take any special care for my does? They have a sheet on their heads. So rain is noy hitting them directly. This is the first winter rain with some good wind. My location is Karachi, Pakistan...
  2. Goat Management
    Has anyone used anything like this for sheep and goats? It seems they are used more for cattle and horses so I wonder if the action of pushing on the ball to drink is too much resistance for smaller animals, or maybe they don't take to it as well for some reason. FYI, we'd have to haul buckets...
  3. Goat Management
    We have Nigerian Dwarf goats. One of them is 13 years old. Her fur is usually thinner than our other goats' and she does grow cashmere in the winter, but she never seems as fluffy as the others. Winter is coming up soon and I was wondering if it would help to get her a sweater or jacket...
  4. 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...
  5. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hello. This is my first experience owning goats. I've had my Pygmy/Dwarf crosses since March of this year at 9wks. I always used to put them in their barn at night, but in the summer months I started leaving the door open to the penned in yard. Helped me from the excessive cleaning morning...
  6. Goat Frenzy
    I have 3 ND does who just turned 1. Here is my situation: We do not have a barn. They are "free range" goats during the day when I'm here. But do have a fenced I need area for when I'm not. At night time we have a 9x12 dog kennel. That is made for pits/and big breeds to protect them from...
  7. Goat Management
    This is the first winter with my does and we had snow today. They have been out most of the day and their fur is wet. I was concerned about them as the temperature begins to fall. Just went and checked on the and they are outside ( Temp. 31) and they have ice on their fur. I got them in their...
  8. Barnyard Bananza
    Hi! We are planning to add a couple of Pygmy or ND to our family. We live in northern Ontario, Canada. Not super north, but north enough ;) We have a 10 x 6 fenced area (former dog run) and I am planning to build the shed along one side (so the body of it is outside the run, but it opens into...
  9. Horses
    I am looking around for a VERY warm winter riding glove. I ride in the dead of winter for hrs at a time so they have to be able to keep warmth in. They must have extra long gauntlets(the part that goes over the wrist). They do not have to be riding gloves, but I need to be able to feel the reins...
  10. Goat Management
    I'm happy to say our new goats are doing very well, thanks to a lot of advice from this site. That said, I have a question about our first winter with goats: How do I prevent my goats getting hay bellies, during the winter? I know how to deal with the horses during winter, but they're not...
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