So, you have milked your goat or cow, now what? If you want to pasteurize your milk, the process is pretty simple and does not take too much time. …
If you are getting ready to bring your first goat home, you definitely need to know what goat supplies you will need!
When we got our first goats, we spent A LOT of time researching exactly what they would need once we got them home. We knew we needed to figure out how to take care of them and also what the most essential goat supplies to have are.
Never having owned goats before it was hard to know exactly how to prepare for bringing Nigerian Dwarf goats (or any type of goat) home. …
Are you trying to corral those goats into a pen? With so many goat pen ideas out there, it’s tough to find which one is right for you. Goats need to be in an enclosure for their own safety from things like theft and predators.
There’s an old saying that goes, “If it can’t hold water, it can’t hold a goat!”. Basically, goats are escape-artists, which is why a goat pen needs to be built correctly.
What goat pen ideas are there?
Goat Pens & Enclosures
The tried and true way to make sure your goats have a safe pen is to make sure your fencing is up to the task of keeping goats. Here are some of our best fencing tips that we learned (the hard way). Here we explain the differences between different types of goat fencing.
Now that you know some tips and how to choose your fencing type, you can use this tutorial to put your fenced pen together.
Do you have a bunch of pallets lying around? You may want to consider building a goat shelter out of them. You can follow this tutorial on how to make a quick goat shelter out of pallets.
Here’s a different take on the goat pallet shelter. This shelter will help keep your goats safe.
And, yet another guide on how to build a goat shelter out of pallets.
We have also used pallets to turn half of a carport into a full goat stall. We just drove t-posts and sat the pallets down on them like pegs.
We like pallets for goat pen ideas because they are so readily available for free or cheap and make building really easy. If you prefer traditional lumber, any of these plans can work with just a little tweaking.
Whichever route you go your goats will have a shelter and they will stay safe and happy.
Goat Stalls & Kidding Pens
Do you need to specifically make a pen for the kids in your life (goat kids, of course)? This tutorial will walk you through how to make a kid pen.
Looking for a more in depth plan for your goat stall? Try out this customizable goat pen. You can easily adjust the plans to fit your needs a little better.
Building a goat pen on your own may be easier than you thought. When you own a farm, you can never have “too” many goat pen ideas to choose from.
For more on raising goats
We don’t want a life of discomfort for our goats, do we? If you have chosen your goats and prepared for your goats, you know one of the regularly occurring events in goat herd maintenance is making sure your goats always have nicely trimmed hooves. Learning how to trim goat hooves is an essential part of goat ownership.
Why Should You Trim Goat Hooves
Having nicely trimmed hooves is not just for their own goat vanity either. Goat hoof care is important for the goats health.
Trimming goats hooves will help ensure that your goat maintains their health. A goat whose hooves are not trimmed properly or regularly can have the potential to get founder, hoof rot, or just be generally uncomfortable.
(If you haven’t fully prepared for your goats yet, check out how to get started raising goats ecourse for all the information you need!)
How Often Will You Be Trimming Goats Hooves?
Since we are new to Nigerian Dwarf goats, we have done quite a lot of research getting ready for our three coming in the next week. I like to know what I am getting into in as much detail as possible. Goat fencing can be confusing because there are a lot of opinions on what does and does not work….
Nigerian Dwarf Goats are our personal favorite type of goats. There are plenty of over types of goats that you can choose from depending on what you are looking for in a goat, but we just love everything about Nigerian Dwarf Goats.
They are a perfect size; around that of a Golden Retriever. They have wonderful personalities. And they have milk that is sweeter than even cow’s milk.
If you share our love for everything Nigerian Dwarf Goats, then please read along and enjoy our Ultimate Guide to Nigerian Dwarf Goats!