Does that work if they nest down the street at the old abandoned general store? The attachment to the area is strong. On the flip side I don't think anyone would miss them if they did get strung up.Galaxy is a beautiful girl!
Black Sea gulls! Hahaha! Just get a permit, shoot one and hang it up. The rest will stay away.
Is there a reason you are using a free choice lambar instead of feeding a quart per kid per am and pm feeding? Allowing constant feeding in a lambar can result in overeating like Cow is doing. It also makes the kids less interested in eating hay. Once we had more kids than we could feed with a bottle in each hand a friend suggested bucket feeding. I bought a purchased feeding bucket with 10 nipples and tubes. I bought it from Caprine Supply. It came with a stand and lid. Once we held ech kid onto a nipple they learned quickly that this was the good stuff! LOLSo the big reason for the split is so I can 3x a day bottle the four bucklings while letting the doelings have their free choice milk lambar buffet.
Putting out cold milk lamb bars 24/7 (with a scoop of pasteurized milk yogurt mixed in) is a way to raise that's catching on in the show goat community lately. The herd I bought my nubian and one lamancha buckling from raised kids that way and they were huge and well grown and continued to grow well afterward. They were extremely well started. It impressed me so I decided to try this year. I would not be surprised if they borrowed it from the meat show goat/sheep community. They do get put back on bottles at 8-12 weeks for weaning. I am cutting their pasteurized milk with Does Match milk replacer so they never run out. I'm just pasteurizing in one of my 4 gallon cheese pots using my digital alarm thermometer to tell me when it hits 165-170, and drops below 115 afterward.Goats are a bit different from sheep in terms of predators. While they need LGDs to protect them, they are more apt to circle around and present a defensive front to predators. That said, youngsters are not able to defend themselves. Once the bucks are grown, they can stand off some minor predators like single stray dogs or coyotes. Packs will overwhelm them, but if they have a 3-sided shed into which thy can retreat, they will face the opening and be less vulnerable. Sheep will just run making it easy for dogs and coyotes to pull them down.
Unless you truly don't like Cow's conformation or bloodlines I would not be in a hurry to band him. A lot can happen when youngsters are growing and the ugly one sometimes looks a lot better when grown.
Is there a reason you are using a free choice lambar instead of feeding a quart per kid per am and pm feeding? Allowing constant feeding in a lambar can result in overeating like Cow is doing. It also makes the kids less interested in eating hay. Once we had more kids than we could feed with a bottle in each hand a friend suggested bucket feeding. I bought a purchased feeding bucket with 10 nipples and tubes. I bought it from Caprine Supply. It came with a stand and lid. Once we held ech kid onto a nipple they learned quickly that this was the good stuff! LOL
This worked well until the kids got big enough to topple the bucket. Then we attached a light chain to a hook in the top of the pen, clipped it to the bucket handle, and set the buckets on old tire rims. That took care of the problem. When the bucket was removed the dangling end of the chain was hooked up to the eye bolt out of the way of the kids.
Since our herd grew so fast, I made my next buckets using commercial 5-gallon paint buckets that I scrubbed out thoroughly. I drilled 10 holes equidistant around the sides. Then I put in the nipples and straws available as replacements from Caprine Supply. (At that time they and Hoegger were the only goat suppliers around.) We had about 3-4 of these buckets in operation during kidding season.
I fed 1 quart of pasteurized milk for each kid and an extra quart for the bucket* in case someone was greedy or a slow drinker. Once the kids were several weeks to a month old they only got 2 feeds - am and pm. They had alfalfa hay at all times and only giving 2 feeds helped them eat hay faster. I would go out a couple times a day and fluff it up if they slept in it. LOL
I would strain all the milk, pour the house milk into glass bottles and store them in our house fridge. All the rest I strained into the pasteurizer cans. I ran 3 pasteurizers from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Then I added blue or green food coloring to the pasteurized milk to distinguish it from any unpasteurized milk still in the milk fridge. (I had a commercial Pepsi fridge - a friend picked several up used and sold me one.)
*We were milking up to 18 does, all were heavy milkers but since half were Nubians (routine trip and quads) we were feeding up to 60 kids at a kidding season. The buck kids were sold at a month old for meat. However, I often had to cut the goat milk with replacer for a couple weeks to have enough to feed all the doe kids. If we had a doe season, maybe longer.