what 5 things should all goat owners have on hand?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by kids-n-peeps, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

    477
    Aug 24, 2009
    Virginia
    This may be hard, but what do you think are 5 essential items all goat owners should have on hand at all times in order to properly care for their goats? [It would be understood that the goats are already properly sheltered and fenced & have appropriate feed & water.] In other words, what 5 items would be in a goat owner's "toolbox"?
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    THERMOMETER!

    Blu-Kote (great for wounds)

    Cocci medication of your choice (sulmet, albon, corid, demethox etc)

    Oxytetracycline antibiotic (LA 200, Biomycin, Duramcyin) and Penicillin antibiotic (ok so thats two in one but I feel that it can be count as 1 for "antibiotic" :p )

    22gage needles and 3 or 6cc syringes (depending on mini or standard breeds respectively)
     

  3. Epona142

    Epona142 The farm that Hope began

    May 25, 2008
    Madisonville, TX
    Hoof trimmers.

    Something to give medicine with, a drencher or a syringe with a tip.

    Otherwise I agree with Stacey!
     
  4. bheila

    bheila New Member

    644
    Jan 9, 2009
    Kent, Wa
    A stanchion!! :thumb: I don't know how I'd live without one.
     
  5. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    A good dewormer needs to fit in there somewhere.
     
  6. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    haha you'll need more than 5 things :wink:

    all of the above really help and make life so much easier
     
  7. RowdyKidz

    RowdyKidz Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2009
    NW Ohio
    Yepperz! I agree with all of the above as well. LA200 and Terramycin (sp?) are some other things I have as well.

    Oh and blood stop incase you knip the goats hoof too far and you get blood while trimming. Or something that'll stop it! Believe me, it's a livesaver. ;)
     
  8. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    If you dont have blood stop powder cornstarch or flour works just as well & cheaper :shades:
    Besides most of the above posts always keep some probious paste on hand for when you have to give meds.
     
  9. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    All the things mentioned should be on hand, but I will add two more absolute must haves. ACTIVATED CHARCOAL and the number of a goat mentor or fellow goat nut, the activated charcoal gel is "just in case" and for those things that are toxic to goats....it could save a life...in my case it saved 3....a phone number for an emergency situation, even if you think you know what to do, it always helps to have someone to calm you.
     
  10. sparks879

    sparks879 New Member

    A stantion! whether a metal one or a home made one. I use mine for EVERYTHING, from medicating to hoof trimming to grooming.
    Hoof trimmers, cant live without those either
    Batadine, Syringes/needles, blu kote.
    beth
     
  11. Gumtree

    Gumtree Lurking Aussie

    585
    Aug 15, 2009
    S.E. Qld Australia
    this sound really dumb :oops:
    but what is a stantion???
    i feel real silly asking that :ROFL:
     
  12. Suellen

    Suellen New Member

    467
    Mar 9, 2008
    Paragonah, Utah
    Baking soda. That is the only thing that has not been listed that I have to have.
    Love, patience and a sense of humor.
    Suellen
     
  13. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    Stanchion, also known as a milking stand, grooming stand, or head stall
     
  14. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    Oh yeah...a stanchion is a good one. I would also add, hoof nippers, tattoo kit (if you breed registered goats), I could go on...you will need way more than 5 things...maybe top 10 things?
     
  15. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

    477
    Aug 24, 2009
    Virginia
    Thanks everybody. I posed this ? as I'll be placing an order in the upcoming week for things I can't find locally (that I don't already have). I have a Tractor Supply and a few farm stores where I can get many of these whenever needed, but I wanted your ideas, esp. of those items that should be here at all times in the event of an emergency where minutes count or in the event of snow storms, etc, when I would have trouble getting to the store.

    Great ideas! Thanks again.
     
  16. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    Oh...another thing I just thought of...nutri-drench/power punch. :thumb:
     
  17. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    All the above including extra needles & sryinges & meds should be on hand at all times. Especially if your vet is far away or you live way out somewhere.