Keeping Goats

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All the information you need about keeping goats on your homesteading farm or small homestead. Articles on life with goats, how to care for goats and baby goats, what products to use, how to raise goats naturally, how to deal with disease, and more.

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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 Raising Goats, Baby Goats, Homesteading, Breeding Goats, Miniature Goats, Goat Toys, Goat Shelter, Goat Care, Nigerian Dwarf Goats

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

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 Breeding Goats, Raising Goats, Goat Farming, Baby Goats, Sheep, Success, Natural, Fall, Tips

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

  Breeding Goats, Things To Know, Old Things, Female Goat, Goat Care, Raising Goats, Goat Farming, Baby Goats, In Case Of Emergency

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.

Thinking of getting a couple of pet goats or starting to raise goats? This beginner's guide to raising goats gives you the information you need. #goats #raisinggoats #goats101 Breeding Goats, Raising Goats, Baby Goats, Livestock, Homesteading, Couple, Pets, Animals, Animales

Beginner's Guide to Raising Goats

Thinking of getting a couple of pet goats or starting to raise goats? This beginner's guide to raising goats gives you the information you need. #goats #raisinggoats #goats101

In this episode I’m talking to Susan Schoenian, a sheep and goat specialist with the University of Maryland’s Western Maryland Research Breeding Goats, Raising Goats, University Of Maryland, Goat Farming, Baby Goats, Education Center, Small Farm, Livestock, Sheep

Using Dewormers Correctly

In this episode I’m talking to Susan Schoenian, a sheep and goat specialist with the University of Maryland’s Western Maryland Research

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 Keeping Goats, Raising Goats, Fort Valley State University, Animal Science, Baby Goats, Hobby Farms, Chickens Backyard, Livestock

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

Welcome to the first episode of my new podcast, For the Love of Goats! If you want to know how I got started with goats and then accidentally became a goat expert, here's the story! Breeding Goats, Raising Goats, Starting A Podcast, Baby Goats, Hobby Farms, Livestock, Farming, Homesteading, Art Nouveau

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

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. Breeding Goats, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Raising Goats, Homestead Farm, Baby Goats, Small Farm, This Or That Questions

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.

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 Breeding Goats, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Raising Goats, Baby Goats, Chickens Backyard, Livestock, Worms, Stress, Couple

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

Bloat is one of the most misunderstood symptoms in goats. This explains what it is and is not.  #goathealth #raisinggoats Home Remedies For Bloating, Breeding Goats, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Raising Goats, Animal Science, Baby Goats, Homestead, Animals, Animales

Goat Bloat - The Thrifty Homesteader

Bloat is one of the most misunderstood symptoms in goats. This explains what it is and is not. #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 Breeding Goats, Goat Shelter, Nubian Goat, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Raising Goats, Baby Goats, Livestock, Ducks, Homesteading

Breeding Season

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

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 Breeding Goats, Goat Shelter, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Raising Goats, Environmental Factors, Baby Goats, Homesteading, Conditioner, Snow

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

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 Breeding Goats, Happy Goat, Raising Goats, Dog Crates, Baby Goats, Make Happy, Happy People, Livestock, Homesteading

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

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 Buy A Goat, Breeding Goats, Goat Shelter, Prey Animals, Raising Goats, Curious Creatures, Baby Goats, Family Dogs, Do It Right

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

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 Breeding Goats, Goat Care, Raising Goats, Goat Farming, Baby Goats, Chickens Backyard, Livestock, Farm Animals, Homesteading

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

Includes correct dosages for dewormers, as well as best practices and how to avoid dewormer resistance. #deworminggoats #raisinggoats #keepinggoats Breeding Goats, Happy Goat, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Raising Goats, Emergency Care, Baby Goats, Over Dose, Homesteading, Animals

Deworming Goats - The Thrifty Homesteader

Includes correct dosages for dewormers, as well as best practices and how to avoid dewormer resistance. #deworminggoats #raisinggoats #keepinggoats