Conducting a Newborn Check in Goat Kids - The Thrifty Homesteader
Shortly after each kid is born you should do an initial newborn check to make sure that each kid has all its pieces in the right places. In addition to checking for obvious things, such as an anus, you also want to know if a kid has any disqualifying defects so that you don’t offer it for sale or get your hopes up about its future in your herd. #newborncheck #babygoats #raisinggoats #kidding #goatkids
5 tips for breeding goats and sheep - The Thrifty Homesteader
It’s fall, which means that it’s breeding season for sheep and goat owners. Although it’s a totally natural process, there are usually some surprises for new owners experiencing their first breeding season. So, here are five tips for breeding goats and sheep with success. #breedinggoats #breedingsheep
8 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Pet Goats
For years I've been responding to emails and blog comments from new goat owners whose problems could have been avoided if they had the right information before they bought their first goats. Here is what you need to know before you make the commitment to become a goat owner.
Natural Parasite Control with Lespedeza
If you are interested in natural parasite control, check out this interview with Dr. Tom Terrill who has been researching sericea lespedeza for more than 10 years. #raisinggoats #lespedeza #parasitecontrol
My Goat Story
Join me as I tell you my goat story in the first episode of my new podcast. I also explain why I decided to start a podcast and what you can expect in the coming weeks. In addition to doing a few solo episodes like this one, I’ll also be interviewing a lot of other goat lovers and experts. #goatstory #goatpodcast
Forage and Feeding Goats
In this episode, ruminant nutritionist Laura Marie Kramer, Director of National Accounts for Standlee Premium Western Forage, talks about alfalfa and grass hay, as well as the difference between pellets and long-stemmed forage.
Diarrhea in Goats - The Thrifty Homesteader
It’s not unusual to see someone asking for advice on social media, simply saying that their goat has diarrhea. Unfortunately, that’s not an easy question to answer because there are a couple dozen possible causes. Broadly speaking, it can be caused by viruses, bacteria, protozoa, worms, stress, toxic substances, and diet. #goathealth #raisinggoats
Rather than waiting for spring and wondering why your goats didn't get pregnant, now is the time to get your ducks in a row -- er, um, goats! In this solo episode I'm talking about all of the things you need to consider during breeding season. #goatpodcast #breedingseason #goatbreeding #raisinggoats
Respiratory Conditions in Goats - The Thrifty Homesteader
Treating respiratory issues caused by environmental factors will be a waste of time, as they will not go away until the environmental problem is corrected. This is why barns should not be insulated. In fact, we keep a door open year round unless we are in the midst of a blizzard with blowing snow. #goathealth #raisinggoats
Bringing home your goats - The Thrifty Homesteader
One of the things I love about raising goats is that I don’t have to buy an expensive trailer to transport them. Goats can easily be transported in dog crates. #raisinggoats
Taming Goats: How to do it right!
If you bought a goat or two that isn't as friendly as you'd like, here are some tips for convincing them that you are not going to eat them. #raisinggoats #keepinggoats
Is my goat pregnant? - The Thrifty Homesteader
There are lots of myths about figuring out if goats are pregnant. Separate myth from fact, and learn how to tell if your goat really is pregnant. #pregnantgoat #breedingseason #raisinggoats