We recently purchased a small-scale farm... 4 dairy goats (nigerian dwarfs), a buck and 3 doe; several meat rabbits, already experienced 2 litters of kits and 25 pullets (we've done chickens before).
We did deep litter with our goats this last winter. Never again, as getting rid of the mess is proving difficult. We do not need that much compost. Any suggestions regarding alternate methods? Does are about to kid and we are having a hard time sifting poo pebbles from the straw in he new barn.
Once kids are born, how long do they stay in the stall with mom? How long before mom can venture out? How long before kids can pasture with other does?
How do I test the goat milk for harmful bacteria before consuming?
Should I pasture the chickens with the goats? At what age? They are 5 weeks old.
Do goats need lighting to kid? Our barn is sort of dark, which leads me to my final question... window or vent in the barn? They used to have windows, but we moved them to the barn on the pasture... nicer with stalls and all, but no windows. The door allows for ventilation because there is a 1.5 inch gap at the top of the door... but it's getting warm here in Idaho... we'll need better ventilation. Suggestions?
Sorry for so many questions!!! lol
Edited by Ana Robin - 4/8/16 at 7:57am