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Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by Duchesse, May 10, 2020.
I get it. I know that selling the herd is best for all involved. I didn't tell everyone that I also have limited use of one of my arms( a chronic muscle strain). I bit off more than I could chew.
I was trying to fulfill my bucket list since I had a massive heart attack. I felt like . I've always been like that. I shouldn't have done that. I created a mess. I feel terrible Thanks for listening and all your input. I needed this support.
I hope you don't get tired of me. I might need to vent until they are picked up. I might also still need some advice. I don't want to lose another goat.
Duchesse, you are not judged nor a person this forum will be tired of. I asked silly questions all the time. Keep on it. Dont worry too much.
I ask ridiculous questions on a daily basis. We all are/were beginners.
No way! This would be the HARDEST thing for any of us to have to do! So we totally get it.
We all understand, believe me.
Did the potential buyer come see the herd yet?
No she hasn't but we have sent her pics. I'm computer illiterate so I can't post pics without help. I have a beautiful herd.
I'm so sorry to read that you lost your baby, (hugs) no one can know the pain you're going through unless they've walked in your shoes, please dont think that anyone will be judging you as you need to do what's best for you! As a newbie (soon to get my wethers) I've learned a lot of information from this site and I'm hoping that you as an experienced goat owner would apply your knowledge and advice when you feel up to it.
It seems I'm not done yet. After doing some some and some soul searching. Hubby and I have decided to keep our herd. We worked too hard to get them.
What I did do was, I've stepped up my game. My goats are in confinement which poses a special challenge other than just feeding. Cleanliness is extremely important. Also keeping them out of that hay feeder ( this is what I believe killed my baby Winky.)
For the two ( Hershey and her 5 week old doeling Glee) in a (5ft x 15ft dog kennel with a large dog house for shelter) I change their ACV and water 2x a day, I clean the stall daily. I also intend to sell Glee when she is weaned.
For the four in the large enclosed pen( 11ft x 25ft), weekly cleaning (removal of poop), barn lime, and shavings. Also ACV in water twice a day.
I feed Purina goat feed mixed with alfalfa pellets, BOSS, fresh garlic and pumpkin seeds. I also give Hay and minerals free choice.
Keeping goats in confinement is a special challenge. We are hoping to expand but until then, are there any more suggestions?
Can you post pics of your setup?
Yes, we can help you make the most of your setup, if we see what we are working with
How long have they been living in those enclosures and how much longer will it take to expand? That is very limited space for goats to live.
ACV is a lovely but it's not going to solve any health issues.
They have been living in these fenced enclosures for a year. I'm going to get my son to help me get some pics on.
ACV helps them to drink more water. The ACV also helps deter bugs and bacteria in the water. I change the water 2x a day for cleanliness. ACV also helps prevent urinary calculi (kidney stones) in the male. All of which I think will help with health.
This happens the minute that I decided to keep them, , Yup. So what am I going to do?
I'm going through with the sale. I them too much to not give them this chance at a good life. This is the right thing to do.
The buyers were looking for a small herd. They have 3 acres and two young children. They sent pics of the barn/shelter and the pasture. They're purchasing all six goats, the two stanchions and some other supplies. This is hard but necessary. Things didn't work out. I guess it's not in the cards for me. Granny has to stf down now.
At least I did That's .
They'll be picking them up on Saturday morning. I'll keep you posted.
Really a good choice for you and your herd. Even though its hard,,,, probably the best thing for you and them.
Congrats on finding them a great home!
It would be very difficult to maintain the setup you described having, so it sounds like you’re making the best choice.
Sounds like a good home, glad they get a pasture! Tell the buyers to join The Goat Spot! Did they say if they've had goats before?
That is great that they are going to a good home. You can feel good about it. You have to be honest with yourself and do what is best for you and the goats.