We absolutely ADORE our minis, and in our opinion they truly are "The BEST lil'Dairy Goat in the West!" But everyone needs to make their OWN decision about what breed of goats to raise on their homestead--this is a short article on the history of the breed, why we chose them, and how they compare to the breeds that helped make them.
Its NOVEMBER, and that means a lot of things around here! But more importantly it means breeding season has begun for our goats and sheep. So as we make plans for who is going to be paired with who, there are a few health/ maintenance things that all our goats need before breeding actually takes place.
Ever wonder why on earth someone would want to use bantams as a Homestead fowl?? Here's the SCOOP on our favorite, the American Buttercup Bantam:
Keeping your goat's udder in top condition is very important! Here are some ideas/recipes for making an udder wash to keep your dairy goats clean, and their udder functioning!
There is so much truth in this saying especially when it comes to livestock! This has been a slow sales year for us, but certainly not 'less interesting.' This year we have had an increase in the volume of people contacting us to only tell us about our 'over priced' goats and hot accusations that we are basically a 'puppy mill' for goats! Lol. Well folks--you get what you pay for ;)
After doing our own research on Herbs, and contemplating whether or not it is worth it to us to try an Herbal De-wormer, we have decided to take the plunge!
It has always surprised me why people seem to be so casual about allowing their goats to kid in their pens unassisted-- especially after selling our first doe 'Red' (the Nubian-Boer ding bat) to a family we thought was equipped to handle goats. We were shocked when we learned that the following spring she died during labor. And even more disappointed (a more 'polite' word than the emotion I had actually felt) when the family blamed the doe for not being capable of 'kidding easily', rather than taking responsibility for their own neglect!
Kidding, as many experienced goat owners know, is NERVE RACKING, you never know what to expect, and if you have owned goats long enough, there will come a time when a doe may need assistance; hence why good goat owners use kidding pens, mark down breeding dates, and anxiously dread--I mean await the arrival of their kids.
On the whole our does have been very good mothers, and have all had smooth labors. But, for what ever reason, this year has been rough on our does...
This is part 3 in our blog series on raising geese. In this segment I am going to try to cover some of the most frequently asked questions regarding ownership of geese, terminology used for raising geese, and how to get prepared to buy your first geese!
This is Part 2 of our blog series discussing raising geese. If you have read Part 1 and still feel you are up to the challenge of owning geese, we are now going to discuss the possible uses for your pet geese on your farm, as well as the proper diet and housing requirements.
Nothing seems more picturesque than walking out of your house on a cool misty morning to feed your livestock and to be greeted by a few geese and ducks next to your very own little pond.
Sadly however, most people's 'farm dreams' get shattered as soon as that sleek 'gaggle' of elegant geese greet their coffee-deprived owner with their signature boisterously-loud, and non-stop-ear drum-piercing-fine-tuned-choir--HONK! Which is soon followed by bullying and feather plucking the ducks. Then, as you tepidly enter the yard, along comes the dreaded- charging-hissing gander. Some where between the honking, hissing, and bullying we stop and ask ourselves "Why did we get geese?!", "Are ALL geese like this?"
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