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  1. Genipher

    When can goat kids go outside with mom?

    After a couple of days of Poppy coming in to visit Lily (the new mom) and headbutting, Lily eventually just...ignored her sister and Poppy gave up the headbutting. Now all the goats are in one area together and it's been fun watching Poppy (auntie) interacting with the 2 bucklings. They want to...
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    When can goat kids go outside with mom?

    When is it okay to let the baby goats outside to wander around with their mom? I only have 2 does. Lily gave birth to two bucklings 4 days ago (April 13). Lily's sister, Poppy, sneaks into Lily's area every morning and then the two does headbutt over and over again. Poppy is nice to the...
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    Lumpy Chin After Giving Birth

    This morning the lump was gone. Yay!! I'll be worming her again next week.
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    Lumpy Chin After Giving Birth

    My FF doe, Lily, gave birth last night. Two bucklings that came out on their own. Perfect births. (though it took me way too long to figure out how to tell what they were. lol) Lily is a great mom. This morning I noticed Lily has a mushy lump under her chin. We scratch her there often, so I...
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    What Plant is This??

    I ended up chainsawing the bushes down and my boys drug the pieces to the front yard. Between the goats and my young children who have no clue that not all berries are safe to eat, it was just wise to take it out. Makes the yard look so much bigger with it gone, which I like! Buck ended up...
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    What Plant is This??

    My gut instinct was to cut the stupid thing down. I don't like plants that don't have a good purpose, anyway. But they had left it alone, at first, so I didn't think it was an issue. They have plenty of other browse, hay, and grains. I thought goats only ate this kind of thing when they had no...
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    What Plant is This??

    How long would it take to affect them? Eek. I've been borrowing a buck and just sent him back home today. He was munching on it, too, the last week.
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    What Plant is This??

    Will it eventually have berries on it? Haven't been here long enough to see what grows on it. The goats had been fenced far away from this bush but we had to do some livestock switching and now they're wandering the yard while we (slowly) get another area ready. They've been munching it, off...
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    What Plant is This??

    Anyone ready for a round of, "Name That Plant"? This is driving me crazy. My goats love to munch on it and it doesn't appear to be hurting them, but I'm still concerned. Tried reverse-googling it and one answer said it was persimmon, but there's no fruit on it and it's not a tree. It's a long...
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    Girls are going on a date!

    Ug. Hadn't thought of that. Poo.
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    Girls are going on a date!

    Dogs have dug under the goat fence TWICE now. They don't hurt them, they're just providing a way for the goats to escape and have access to the whole backyard. It is driving me CRAZY. If I can find it in the budget I think I'll build a waist high raised STONE garden bed along the goat fence so...
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    Girls are going on a date!

    Yeeeeah...I don't know how to tell if the calcium and phosphorus are balanced so if it's not too crazy tomorrow, I'm hoping to hit the feed store for goat feed.
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    Girls are going on a date!

    Weelll...they do get alfalfa pellets. I got that back when I noticed the girls weren't eating hay. I also feed them COB, cracked corn, BOSS, and occasionally whole oatmeal. Though now that I've got the buck, I was thinking of getting regular goat feed because I'm pretty sure the buck is not...
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    Girls are going on a date!

    I'll try to get a picture. It's not green. Seems soft to me. Just a basic grass hay from the feed store. 🤷‍♀️
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    Girls are going on a date!

    He's getting less skittish. This morning when I went to feed everyone, he didn't run off when I got close. In fact, I had to gently nudge him out of the way and he didn't mind me touching him. I am having an issue, though, with hay. My does and the buck aren't eating the grass hay. In the past...
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    Girls are going on a date!

    I was actually debating trading the goats for milk sheep but...we'll see how this goes, first. 😉😁
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    Girls are going on a date!

    We really need a truck! Then transports like these won't be so 🤢 Thank you for the advice. I figure we'll at least keep him a few months, just to make sure he's done the job, and then evaluate from there. I tried giving him an apple slice as, you know, a peace offering but he tried to head...
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    Girls are going on a date!

    Like vinegar in a spray bottle? I'll try that tomorrow. 😊
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    Girls are going on a date!

    Here he is. Fella has scurs we'll need to keep an eye on and I just realized he has blue eyes. Husband came home and said, "Yup. I can smell him." But after spending a few hours inside and going back out, I can't. Just smells like normal goat to me. :idunno
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    Girls are going on a date!

    Well, they were definitely not in heat. First time ever smelling buck. He wasn't too bad until we got up close. I was expecting the whole yard to reek. The lady was actually a lot more pleasant to chat with than I remembered, so that part went well. Not sure if I made a mistake but...she had...
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