The type of hoof also matters. I remember we had one horse when I was growing up that had a "stripe" of light colored hoof going down one of his front hooves. That area was thinner than the dark black of the regular horse hooves you're used to, and it always used to fracture more easily than the dark hooves. Fast forward, of the 2 goats I have one has black hooves and is fine and one has lighter colored hooves and they're a mess when we go to do hooves. Pip's feet are easily trimmable and the part comes off in one big chunk. Caramel's feet are full of little chunks of cracked hooves that require digging to get them all flat.
Unfortunately Pip is the "good" behaved goat. Trying to cut Caramel's hooves is a circus show.
How about a tutorial on goat hoof care? Complete with pics/videos, of course.
I have yet to trim my goats' hooves. I know, it's way past time. I had horses, and took care of their hooves, daily. Although I watched hundreds of times while they were trimmed or shod, I never did it myself.
I watched the previous owner trim the goats before I brought them home and thought, "That didn't look too hard." I bought a pair of hoof shears at TSC..... and that is as far as I have gotten.
I learned how from a youTube video. Its easy peasy as long as you have coopreration....
this is not the video I saw but a good one. Since I only had four goats their suggested tool was a set of fiskers Pruning shears they look just like the ones above.
ONe of the online books I read suggested once you get them triimmed build a climbing structure and cover it with the kind of grit you put on steps to keep from slipping. What that does is help them wear down their own hooves.
Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,
Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.
Future poultry: Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy
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