It will be kidding time here in a few short months and we just can’t wait to see all the adorable bouncy babies! Our first year kidding we were so nervous and were not sure what goat kidding signs to look for.
You made it through the summer and now the weather has started to get a bit colder. You may have noticed your goats’ coats (ha ha) have started to get thicker. They are not out grazing as often as usual. And they are eating A LOT of hay. It should be pretty clear they are preparing for Winter. Now you too can prepare and learn how to care for goats in Winter.
Goats are outdoor animals, and because of that, they are pretty good at surviving outside. You can, however, learn some tips about caring for goats in the winter that will make their lives much more comfortable….
What the heck do you do if you walk into your barn in the evening, open up a cabinet drawer and a NEST FULL OF BABY MICE jump out at you?! Well, if you are me, then you squeal and run out of the barn. Compose yourself and then peak your head back in to see if they have all magically gone away. After all, the chickens and goats aren’t going to feed themselves. And (gulp) their feed is in there – WITH THE MICE!
This was my realization that we NEEDED a feed bin.
If you have animal feed sitting around, you will eventually need a feed bin. You can buy feed bins or metal trash cans. But if you have a lot of feed to store, those options can get costly. A cost effective (and customizable) solution is to learn how to build a feed bin….
Why Should You Quarantine New Animals?
It is always exciting when we bring new animals to the farm. However, it is important to make sure that they are integrated properly. This will prevent any of the animals already on the farm from getting sick. Even animals that appear perfectly healthy at their current homes may start to present with sickness after a move. This is due to the stress and new environment. With chickens, common things that might come up are respiratory illness and coccidia. With goats, things like coccidia or worms. Lice and Mites can also be brought in by new animals.
How Do You Quarantine New Animals?
If you are just starting with goats, or even if you have been around goats for a while, there will often be times you run across terms that you just don’t know what they mean. Goat terminology is important to know and understand especially when you are just getting started with goats.
Like most things, once someone is “in” it, they will throw around terms that are not necessarily common place with the assumption that everyone knows what they are talking about.
Here we have put together a short list of some common goat terminology:
Wether – a wether is a male goat that has been fixed and cannot mate. They make great pets.