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Turtle Rock Farm: First Goat Experience

Discussion in 'Member's "BackYardHerds" Journals' started by Turtle Rock Farm, May 21, 2018.

  1. May 21, 2018
    Turtle Rock Farm

    Turtle Rock Farm Caprine Enthusiast Golden Herd Member

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    So, after multiple years of dreaming and hoping and building, I am finally bringing home goats in the next few weeks. Possibly as soon as this week, I'm not quite sure yet. I've researched my butt off, I've had a few moments where I thought "I'm insane, I can't do this, goats are too hard" and I've learnt more about bloat and worms and goat udders than I ever thought possible. I'm a bit nervous but at least I have a goat-savvy friend to help quell my fears. Here's hoping I don't kill them by accident in the first week. :D

    This is the first goat, an Alpine doe (in milk) that's about three years of age. Her name is Lucy. Ignore the Nigerian Dwarf photobombers, they're not coming home with me.
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    Here's the second, another Alpine girl named Lexie. She's the black with white markings that's most prominent/in focus in the image. This is an old image, she's about 6--8 weeks old now.
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    This is their new home. It's 6' x 8' if I remember correctly. An electric net fence has been set up in the back since the image was taken. It [the fence] isn't fully operational yet, but I'll be keeping them inside for the first bit anyway.
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    Anyway, hopefully within the next few weeks I'll have some pictures of them settled in and happy. I'm sure I'll be bugging you guys with more questions than you care to answer, so get ready ;)
     
  2. May 21, 2018
    Kiki

    Kiki Loving the herd life

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    Congrats on the new family members!
     
  3. May 21, 2018
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    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Golden Herd Member

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    Congrats! Nice looking goats. Be very careful... they are addicting! ;)
     
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  4. May 22, 2018
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    Turtle Rock Farm Caprine Enthusiast Golden Herd Member

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    Thank you! Oh, I'm certain. I've had first hand experience with chicken math, and goat math seems just as sneaky. I'm already in love with another Nigerian Dwarf kid that I just need. Thank goodness I don't have enough space or I would definitely want to take her home too.
     
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  5. May 26, 2018
    Turtle Rock Farm

    Turtle Rock Farm Caprine Enthusiast Golden Herd Member

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    Lexie is home! Lucy is going to be dropped off next Thursday.
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  6. May 26, 2018
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    Wehner Homestead Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    Congrats! She’s pretty.

    I hope she does well by herself until the other arrives.
     
  7. May 26, 2018
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    Turtle Rock Farm Caprine Enthusiast Golden Herd Member

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    She's been doing fine. Cries for about 30 seconds after I leave, then hushes right up. To be fair, I've been practically living in there, so she's not alone too much, lol!
     
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  8. Jun 5, 2018
    Turtle Rock Farm

    Turtle Rock Farm Caprine Enthusiast Golden Herd Member

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    Lucy is home! There have been some difficulties with milking, but I've managed to get her empty.
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  9. Jun 5, 2018
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    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Golden Herd Member

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    Patience and persistence... You'll both win the day! Great looking doe!
     
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  10. Jun 5, 2018
    Wehner Homestead

    Wehner Homestead Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    Milking well definitely takes practice. Each doe and udder is slightly different too. Welcome to the club! ;)
     
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