Hey everyone, I wanted to share my starter Pygora herd. I'm a total beginner at this, so please bear with me. I received these girls last week, so we're still figuring each other out, though they are well-bonded to each other. It's just my husband and myself, both city kids who really only have ever had cats/dogs & a small hobby garden. We bought some land, and have lept full into homesteading during this work-from-home period. There are 2 girls at 10 months, 1 at 5 years, and 1 at 7 years.They were sheared in April/May. Dewormed/deloused/vaccinated shortly before sale so I have 3 months before I need to top them up. I also added 2 alpaca boys to the gang, one who is about 3 and one who has just been weaned at 7 months, unrelated. The older boy was bonded to the goats, and actually has shown me some incredible 'chaperone' or guardian behaviors over his little herd. The ranch where I bought everyone had a few alpaca as guardians for their various pastures and the flocks within, and they seemed wonderfully content and happy with their adopted families. Our older male positions himself between humans and his gaggle, and has wargled alerts when he hears coyotes or suspicious noises. The goats all follow him like adoring groupies, and the younger alpaca clearly loves him. The younger alpaca is very friendly, he was a bottle baby and has fond opinions of humans. The other 5 are sloooowly learning to accept human affection. We close the herd up in a shed barn at dusk and let them out about an hour after dawn. We have lots of coyotes in this area, so doing a pasture patrol in the morning is my routine to make sure no-one broke in overnight. I've caught coyotes checking out our property on my security cameras at dawn, so I'm on alert. So far my 6.25' pen of 2x4" no-climb with 2' of buried no-dig mesh has been working, no break ins or outs! We built a .25acre pen, which has some misc non-toxic trees but very little in terms of forage. Some wild mustard, but that's about it. Weeded it before the girls arrived for toxic weeds like fiddleheads etc. We installed a few auto-filler water stations at pygora level that the girls quickly learned, and have buckets of water as well. They're fed alfalfa and grass hay mix, with goat-sized pellets of barley/corn. We're still fiddling with necessary minerals, we had a soils report done so we'll soon know what we might not have in abundance (also building a house so it wasn't because of the goats but a happy coincidence). I've been giving little crushed handfuls of probios apple treats to make sure no one had an upset tummy from the change in environment, and we transitioned from their feed to ours over a few days of mixed flakes. So far everyone's poops are perfect round brown berries and everyone's peeing and I've yet to be spit on by a grumpy alpaca. Fingers crossed. Thanks everyone. I'm loving the slow-down goats provide. Just sitting with them chewing cud nearby is really therapeutic.