Welcome! I am not too far from you. I'm in Kempner, Tx. :) We'll be getting some goats soon ourselves. I've been dreaming about the Nigerian breed forever. @animalmom has been an invaluable asset and ever so patient with all my questions. :) This board is great for gathering true first hand...
I was reading that they like to stand on the mineral blocks, and then won't eat it. I find it humorous how picky goats apparently are. lol
That looks like it would work perfectly. :] Thank you for the link!!
Dollar Tree is amazing! Nice to know you don't have to buy a super expensive...
Ok, so I wrote up a little list here and I'm just going through everything trying to decipher some of the costs.
So things I can build would be-
Shelter, milking stand, fence, feeder
Then some things to purchase
Mineral feeder if I don't get the block form
Bedding (I'm thinking...
Ooooh good idea with the tank floats too! :] There are spickets all over this place, so I could definitely hook some up, bury the lines to the buckets, and call it a day. Hmm maybe I'll just do that. These options are certainly cheaper than the $100 water troughs I was looking at, which makes me...
I like the idea of the cups since they're automatic and I could probably easily place them and run water lines out to them without much work. So that may be good. And then have buckets in there too, just in case something malfunctions or what have you. :)
Lol it feels spacious too. But that's after coming from the teeny tiny backyard I have now, and the even smaller "yard" I had in San Diego. :gig I figure if I manage my space well, it'll continue to feel spacious.
I like the chain idea. We also have either a lead rope or chain around horses'...
And talking water troughs. For Nigerian Dwarfs, is a 2ft W x 1ft H x 4ft L (40 gal) a good size? I'm thinking of chickens and babies and all kinds of animals that would like to drown themselves. So I imagine the 1ft height would be short enough for anything to escape from if need be.
Planning out startup costs. Looking specifically at fencing costs right now. Would something like this hold well?
Also, I really like the idea of a self closing gate, so this hinge is pretty neat...
I thought it looked rather large too, but according to the owners and all that it's an acre. The house itself is about 1700 sqft and a nice little square so it doesn't take up a ton of unnecessary space. :]