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  1. BellaM

    Gestation period

    Happy 2021 homesteaders! 🤩 My mama is kidding for the 4th time and I've noticed that although her (earliest) due date is 26th January she's showing signs earlier than in her previous pregnancies. So I was wondering if it's possible for her to kid earlier without complications? She's had no...
  2. BellaM

    Guardians for Goats in woods

    I don't have foxes so I can't answer that. Sorry 🙄. Although I haven't had mongoose since I got the donkeys but that could just be a coincidence or because the environment is changing so they've moved on.
  3. BellaM

    Guardians for Goats in woods

    To be honest, I have absolutely no experience with big predators. The largest I have to worry about are jackals and donkeys are very effective against them. Let's hope someone with experience or firsthand knowledge weighs in?
  4. BellaM

    Guardians for Goats in woods

    Mmmmm? I think that's correct up to a point. They are very territorial and mine seem to think the goats are part of their territory 🤔. Regardless, they've definitely stopped attempts to steal my goats and/or break into sheds etc.
  5. BellaM

    Minerals For 2 Pet Goats

    Now I have a question 😃 - why do they need baking soda? Some things, like copper deficiency doesn't seem to be an issue in South Africa so I'm wondering if our goats don't need to be supplemented with baking soda either?
  6. BellaM

    Guardians for Goats in woods

    Donkeys? They are quite fierce and will put up a good fight. They also make one helluva racket making human intervention possible. Having said that, we don't have large predators other than the two legged variety - stock theft is a real issue where I live - but the donkeys are a big deterrent...
  7. BellaM

    Nigerian Dwarf doe not in heat

    My ND doe is very chilled in general but also doesn't make a fuss when she's in heat. I have to rely on my buck to let me know. So she may very well be going about her business without drawing attention to herself ☺️.
  8. BellaM

    How do I know if my goats are getting enough feed?

    My goats are on browse during the day (mostly wattle trees, some indigenous veld and the odd mulberry tree) and they get pellets twice a day. I adjust the pellets based on if there's any waste or absolutely none left (I like there to be a few pellets left which I interpret as they're getting...
  9. BellaM

    Hi from sunny South Africa

    My name is Bella, I quit corporate and moved to a three hectare small holding to become a full time farmer/homesteader three years ago at the age of 48. It's been brain gymnastics ever since! I'm not just learning something new every day but multiple things every day! I have two donkeys...