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svisioner

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Getting some Goats
« on: August 31, 2010, 08:29:24 AM »

Getting some goats this week, the nanny is going to have twins soon.


Does anyone know how long the kids have to be on their mothers milk?


Thanks in advance


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Re: Getting some Goats
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2010, 01:50:50 PM »

Getting some goats this week, the nanny is going to have twins soon.


Does anyone know how long the kids have to be on their mothers milk?


Thanks in advance


Dan


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Hello svisioner I just happened to pop in to check Conversaci and saw your Topic.
I found this site, maybe a place to start. I am not an expert on farm animals but I some of my family were/are farmers and ranchers, so have been around them some.
From what I have seen the goats are intelligent, tend to be healthy and possibly not so hard to take care of... I have had the raw goat milk it's good and you can also boil it of course. It seems like goats would be a good addition to a survival community. For babies and children, it is closer to human milk than cow's. It can be pasteurized too, canned etc.  Kid information below and also on the page is hygiene information. - Yowbarb

Fias Co. Farm
http://fiascofarm.com/goats/kid-care.htm  Kid (baby goat)
Care and Information
Weaning....

If you are letting the mother goat raise, and nurse, her own kids:

There is really no reason for you to have to wean the kids. It causes undue stress on the kids as well as their mother. The mother will naturally wean her kids when she feels the time is right (or she is just plain sick of them). The mother will slowly wean her kids over time, and usually totally wean her kids once she get rebred in the fall. This is the natural way of things. If you want milk, try what we do: milking once a day.

If you are milking once a day:

There is no reason to wean the kids (see above).Though, you should keep in mind that a doe should have at least 2 months off from milking before she kids again.

If you are bottle raising the kids:

For convenience sake, you can wean around two to three months, see bottle feeding. When we bottle feed, we do so for three months.

If you are selling the kids:

Kids are ready to leave for their new homes at two months of age. Weaning is simple in this case because the kids really have no choice in the matter, the day they leave for their new home, they do not get any more milk.  The kid will be unhappy about this but will get over it fairly quickly.

Yowbarb Note: The site has hygiene info preventing disease, necessary procedures like de worming of the goats, etc. which is done on all farm animals and pets...



 
 

 

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Re: Getting some Goats
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2010, 01:57:47 PM »
Wow, barb (or do I mean YOWBARB??)

Thank you so much for all the great info!

Peace,
Dan

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Re: Getting some Goats
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2010, 09:45:44 AM »
Wow, barb (or do I mean YOWBARB??)

Thank you so much for all the great info!

Peace,
Dan

Hi Dan yep I am Barb I usually use the Yowbarb... there is another Barb on here Montanabarb probably other /barbs, hehe

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Re: Getting some Goats
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2010, 09:21:06 AM »
goats...........

 There here, and they are very very cute, they won't stay in the corral, they just
climbed out. That's OK though they just walk around the 1 acre corral eating
everything that grows out of the ground.

  The nanny is 3 months pregnant and is expecting twins,
the weather is too skinny to butcher, we got them from
someone who could not afford to feel them anymore.
 But we think by spring he'll be fatten up enough,

The other free horse we got was also a fight to see, so
skinny his ribs are showing. We're feeding him well and
getting him exercise everyday. We walk him 1 miles per day
and he is real tired when we are done.

The old cowboy who works these hills told us that exercise
is just as important  as food to get the horse back on the path.

The first horse we got was a Appy, he had hollow hips from
lack of exercise but now he loves to gallop.

Peace
Dan

 

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Re: Getting some Goats
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2010, 09:23:45 AM »
Congrats Dan on your new additions.

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Re: Getting some Goats
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2010, 11:45:45 AM »
You will enjoy your goats. I have raised goats for many years. You might want to give all your
animals a worming (horses and goats) since they may have picked up worms in their previous
location. Ivormec is good in some locations but not others. Some wormers are actually toxic
so study the Fias site about wormers. Ivormec is fairly safe and also kills external parasites
such as lice which can be very hard on an animal.

How are you going to protect your goats from mountain lions and coyotes? If you have not
already done so you might search the web for "guardian dog" information. Notice this is not
"guard dog" which is a people protector but guardian dog which is a livestock
protector. These are distinct breeds of dogs which have been used for millennia to guard animals
and they they need to be raised a certain way so that they are bonded to their livestock FIRST
before they bond to people. If they are not raised right they will stay around you all the time
and not do their jobs. For mountain lion protection it is best to have 2 guardian dogs, one male
and one female so they will not fight with each other.

Good luck with your animals,
fox

svisioner

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Re: Getting some Goats
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2010, 12:43:55 PM »
We have a Aussie Shepherd from a ranch at the 4 corners who was a sheep dog.

She is great, if the coyote's howl she has to go out side and protect the house and
horses. Now she can protect the goats who  sleep beside the front door.

We'll be building cedar slash stable for them next weekend


Thanks to all

Dan

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Re: Getting some Goats
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2010, 01:26:00 PM »
Would love to see some pics of them.... Goats are so sweet.

svisioner

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Re: Getting some Goats
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2010, 01:57:01 PM »
Would love to see some pics of them.... Goats are so sweet.

Here are our lovelies...(hope I attached the picture correctly!)

noproblemo2

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Re: Getting some Goats
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2010, 03:06:35 PM »
Just adorable !!!!!!!!!!!!

svisioner

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Re: Getting some Goats
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2010, 04:21:38 PM »
Just adorable !!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks, we think so too!


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Re: Getting some Goats
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2010, 05:59:13 PM »
Well today someone dumped 2 puppies at my house, so we're now a 4 dogs, 4 cats, 4 strays since April. First rule of this house, food, water then a bath and de-flea....Geez, the fun just never stops down here.....

Enjoy!http://planetxtownhall.com/Smileys/SoLoSMiLeYS1/grin.gif

Dan

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Re: Getting some Goats
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2010, 07:56:37 AM »
Re goats:

Several years ago, the local newspaper in Fiji reported that the pet goat of a family there often ran into the game of soccer that was in progress nearby and butted the ball around.

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Re: Getting some Goats
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2010, 09:11:23 AM »
I could see them doing that. the follow us around like they were
home sick puppies

Peace
Sheila