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  1. WildIrishRose

    Hello from Salado Tx

    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...
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    Thank you! :]
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    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...
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    Loving all the advice and feedback! Thank you all! :D Anything else I'm missing on my aforementioned list?
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    @Goat Whisperer, I am getting Nigerian Dwarfs. :D:weee Thanks for that advice! I'll start searching around for one. :] What kinds of items do you like to have in your medicine cabinet?
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    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 Goat minerals Mineral feeder if I don't get the block form Bedding (I'm thinking...
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    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...
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    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. :)
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    Those latches look nice! Any recommendations on sturdy hinges for wooden posts and gates?
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    Perhaps a waterer like this? https://www.amazon.com/Large-Automatic-Waterer-Horses-Goats/dp/B00QJ3NKIG
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    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'...
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    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.
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    Planning out startup costs. Looking specifically at fencing costs right now. Would something like this hold well? https://m.lowes.com/pd/National-Hardware-Steel-Painted-Gate-Hardware-Kit/50414162 Also, I really like the idea of a self closing gate, so this hinge is pretty neat...
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    Yep, it says about 1.099 acres. :]
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    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. :]
  16. WildIrishRose

    Hey ya'll! Another Texan

    Thanks @animalmom! :] I have some time to pour myself into research. lol I become a little obsessive. :p I would like to start out with a doe in milk, and a doeling or two. Then eventually get a couple unrelated bucks at a later point. :] Buuuuuut I would totally be interested in a couple of...
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    Hey ya'll! Another Texan

    Hey ya'll! Another Texan here. I'm in central Texas, moving up to Kempner (near Lampasas) soon! After renting for 3 years since we arrived in Texas I'm finally getting my little tiny "farm!" I'm making plans and scheming over all the animals I'm going to get. lol I've already got chickens, but I...
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    Mind you, I want 2 does, eventually 2 bucks. And maybe a couple of sheep one day. :p gotta plan for those somewhere too at some point. But if I raise any in the next few years it will be lambs for a few months each spring. :p. Nom nom nom lol
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    Went out there today and measured a bunch of areas that I had in mind for everyone. Here's my plans... bottom of the picture is East, top is West. Measurement is in foot. Orange lines are current ideas of where to put gates. If someone is in the middle pasture then the others would be let out in...
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    @misfitmorgan It's hard to say in that area because it's such a mix match area of land types. The spot we're in appears to be more developed agri land, with large oaks and old trees, while just a little ways over there's hard dirt, cactus, and cedar. :p But I would say if I had to compare, it...
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