grannys gone and done it - Page 5798
go with any thing dwarf, there are more than just a few, but be prepared to stay on top of worming them.
one reason I got kikos, was their ability to stave off parasites without constantly worming.
word of advice, be careful where you feed, and know if you keep them all the time ina small pen, that doesn't have enough forage for them, they will eat grass, and then get worms.......
I have a lot of research to do. Think they could live in the north section of the dog trot and pasture with the chickens?
camping, they forage, all day long.......
I'd just buy one or two for the camp, use them to clean up an area, then sell them after camp is over.
once most of the easy forage is gone, they will resort to eating grass, and when they start eating from the ground, is when they will pick up the parasites......
Goats with horns might not be a good idea.......
Edited by enola - 1/7/16 at 10:44am
also, some goats do better with hay, than others, something else to consider.
serious about this.
do not feed your goats on the ground.......same thing again, parasites...
eta: I agree with enola. depending on the type of fencing, you will be forever pulling their stuck heads out.
we've never had issues with our goats injuring the our kiddoes with their horns, just getting their heads stuck all the time....
Edited by Tumbling K - 1/7/16 at 10:45am
Hey - yeah, been MIA yet again. Things have been, well, interesting. Nothing to terrible, just a lot of "meh" and that makes it hard sometimes to get up the gumption to do much at all, even BYC - plus we've been doing a whole lot of talking and planning on the homefront as we recently made the decision that we will be moving back "home" to the NW, Oregon specifically....that is if the Bundy's don't up and take the whole state between now and then
For the moment it's a 3 year plan, but not sure we'll hold out even that long at the rate we're going.....DH would have left already if he had his way, but I'm feeling pretty torn with regards to DD since she is somewhat "stuck" out here with school (though she is thinking of looking into her options for a transfer - not sure yet how complicated/possible that is with her ROTC scholarship and that is further complicated due to some recent developments on her medical front with regards to the TBI she sustained this summer.....it's just one big mess). Honestly, if not for DD I'd probably have packed up already too, lol, just ready to be home and back with our families. (that has been weighing very heavy on my heart for some time and became downright overwhelming over the holidays - got pretty down).
On a good note - I just placed an order for chicks -- should arrive around Feb 3rd.........DH didn't ask, so I didn't volunteer, he'll be surprised when he learns the minimum order was 25.....I'm finally going to have my Speckled Sussex girls to go with the Mr. Speaking of him......last night he got a wild hair and decided to come at my legs from behind as we were walking across the pasture.....not happy about that to begin with but in the process he popped the outer part of a spur off and busted up the interior part so he was bleeding like a stuck pig.........always something. I'm giving him benefit of the doubt for now that he was just feeling particularly feisty, but if this is more than a one-time thing I guess getting the hens will be a moot point......be a shame to put such a pretty boy in the stew pot, but pretty is as pretty does.
Enough about me, though, how you been?
Edited by Ol Grey Mare - 1/7/16 at 10:49am
My cousins had a big goat that used to get loose and chase us when I was little. That buck would butt you and after you were on the ground, he climbed on top of you and peed. Sharp hooves.
They lived in a 3 sided shed and I don't remember them ever being wormed and those suckers stayed healthy. They had no choice. lol
Always amazed you don't see more goat skeletons hanging from fences the way they get their fool heads through there, and equally amazed how quickly and accurately they can turn their heads just right and yank them back through when you become convinced they are stuck and go to help them. Risk of injury isn't all that big with them, but it does provide a greater chance that *if* there is contact between head and human more of a lasting impression will be made with that increased hard, bony structure. Only real "injury" I've had from a goat horn was while being a good neighbor - driving home from work and noticed a goat out down the road a piece from our place. Pulled over and set to getting her back to where she belonged, but she was not the most cooperative goat (is there such a thing??) so there was a lot of pulling, lifting, dragging (and huffing and puffing) to get her the few hundred feet to the nearest gate - she was not amused and did manage to pull her head back at one point in such a way as I took the brunt of the end of a horn in my upper arm -- left one heck of an ugly bruise! Just goes to show that no good deed goes unpunished.