I thought I would start a page for new livestock owners. I will be giving suggestions here of things you should have in place before bringing home your new animals as well as things to keep on hand. I will also try and touch base on many things people may not realize before they purchase an animal. I will be including some general info as well as species specific information.
I will put some general info too like safe (and unsafe) foods, registration information and more.
I hope to also include downloadable checklists for things like: medicine kits, birthing kits, and purchase exams.
I will also be amassing some of the info that new buyers have asked me throughout the years. I will however try and keep my info short and to the point so please feel free to do more research on your own or ask me additional questions.
Fencing: Avoid fencing with hole openings that are 6x6 or 8x6 or 8X8 if you have horned goats as the 6x6 size is know as "goat killer" fencing. 4x4 (or less) or larger than 8x8 is generally considered safe. Our electric is 5 strand.
Feed: Hay and browse
Housing: Draft free and dry.
Minerals: Loose goat minerals
Kidding: We use both kidding in general population (all goats together) and kidding stalls (does alone or with another doe).
Barn mates: Goats do best with other goats (at least one other). Avoid pigs (of any breed) during kidding. Use caution with equines, especially donkeys where proper introductions are extremely important. Sheep share the same parasites but can do okay with goats, but keep in mind there are separate feeding/mineral requirements between the two species. I don't recommend goats be housed directly with poultry due to feed issues and the risk of perching birds feces ending up on the goats or in their feed and water. Free range birds and goats can do just fine.
Horns or no horns:
Bucks: In all our years of goats and owning more than a dozen bucks of assorted breeds, I've only had one aggressive buck. While don't recommend
Miscellaneous: I advise against collars if you own horned goats.
Did you know sheep can't have the same levels of copper that goats have so that keeping goats and sheep together require some unique management issues?
Did you know that there can be unique training issues when you bring home two litter mates or pups of a similar age?
Did you know baby ducks (with down) can easily drown?