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Welcome! I have twin Boer does, 3 years old this year. First time having goats, thought at the beginning I've had horses, there's no difference....haha! Love the girls and all their antics. Their breeder recommended Purina Grower, 1 cup a day, which is what they've been on since I've had them. The vet last week said they could lose some weight and recommended cutting it back to 1/2 cup a day, which I've done and they are fine with it. They have an acre of pasture, go for daily walks in the woods for leaves and other forage, and hay is available all the time. Good luck!
 

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Tell me about your goats. How long have you had them? What kind ? What do you feed them? ( That's still a big mystery)
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So I have these three maniacs. I’ve had them about one month. They are Nigerian Dwarf doelings, about 14-15 weeks old old. I’m still figuring out all the food stuff but they get free choice hay (Timothy/alfalfa mix), free choice loose minerals and kelp, they get fed a mix of garlic and herbs daily, and get to forage for about 6 hours during the day, in the evening they also get about 1/3 c alfalfa pellets and 1/2 c co-op goat feed added to their garlic/herb blend. It took me until last week to find this balance, so I’m sure it’ll inevitably shift again soon as I learn and they grow.
 

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So I have these three maniacs. I’ve had them about one month. They are Nigerian Dwarf doelings, about 14-15 weeks old old. I’m still figuring out all the food stuff but they get free choice hay (Timothy/alfalfa mix), free choice loose minerals and kelp, they get fed a mix of garlic and herbs daily, and get to forage for about 6 hours during the day, in the evening they also get about 1/3 c alfalfa pellets and 1/2 c co-op goat feed added to their garlic/herb blend. It took me until last week to find this balance, so I’m sure it’ll inevitably shift again soon as I learn and they grow.
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😣I just wrote you and went to post and I lost it.. Anyway I want to welcome you and your goat Family ❣‼ as I see you already know how much we need to learn..I started RESCUING unwanted goats 8 years ago..learn and watch each goats personality! That's very important ❣ I did éxactly that with each soul..I would watch them interact, how much they go out to pasture ( we live on 30 acres and have almost 10 fenced in for the goats. Since you will know each goats personality.. you will know if one Goat is off..I usually give it a day but two days and if they aren't eating I give them a shot of vitamin B complex..if they're sick and not just off a day I look at the eyes to make sure they're good and pink, look at the stool, not runny, take temperature 😮 and that is what happened just a few months ago.. long story short my little guy Bull ( long story-name) was NOT EXPECTED TO LIVE THROUGH HIS LIVER SHUTTING DOWN 😣 very long story but I prayed, and begged GOD plus I have two of the most Fabulous vets who gave me all the instructions and he's ALIVE 😲 not even my vet believed he'd get through this..ACORN TOXICITY 😣 learn the symptoms so you can inform your vet..loose minerals, good hay BUT check your hay for POISENOUS horse nettle! I learned the hardest way possible! I lost one of my triplets 😩 if you see berries, briars on sticks or leaves that are long.. never give that to your goats... spend lots of time with them.. and welcome to goat 🐐 land...
 

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I have been reading lots of posts on the GS and just registered. Many of our neighbors had goats where I grew up , but we never did. So at 50 , I decided it would be a good idea. Geez , it's wonderful but overwhelming at the same time. All advice is appreciated!
How exciting! Congratulations 🥳 You’ve come to the right place. Goatspot is such a wealth of knowledge and has helped me soo much this past year as I’ve been trying to better my knowledge of how to care for my goats.
 

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Hello from Southeast TN! I’m new to goats also. We brought home our first three doelings a few weeks ago. I agree that it feels overwhelming at times, but this forum is so helpful and everyone has been so friendly and welcoming! I have a feeling it will be a while before I feel like I know what I’m doing though. ;)
 

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Welcome to goats! TGS is a great spot for all goatie questions! (I wish I had known of it when I started in goats!) Something else I found helpful was reading various books on goats. Not everything you read is always right, but it can help you learn the basics. “Raising Goats for Dummies” is a good book (you can get it on Amazon). Also just make sure to keep an eye on your goats, and don’t hesitate to ask questions if you think something is up.
 
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I showed you mine. Now you show me yours. Lol. (I seriously have a problem, can’t get enough goat pics.) And tell us all about your goats!
Hi! Well, my first mistake was I only have gotten one. So , now, he lives in the house. He is the most cuddly creature I have ever seen in my life , though.
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Welcome! I have twin Boer does, 3 years old this year. First time having goats, thought at the beginning I've had horses, there's no difference....haha! Love the girls and all their antics. Their breeder recommended Purina Grower, 1 cup a day, which is what they've been on since I've had them. The vet last week said they could lose some weight and recommended cutting it back to 1/2 cup a day, which I've done and they are fine with it. They have an acre of pasture, go for daily walks in the woods for leaves and other forage, and hay is available all the time. Good luck!
Thank you! We got him a bag of Purina goat food , but he just kind of nibbles it. I have been feeding him oat hay and Timothy hay , which he seems to like ok. I don't have access to a wooded area for him .He is a Nigerian dwarf , and sort of likes grass , but he's picky.
 
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