Bringing home our first two goats, Banyan and Gilbert! Our story and what we hope to learn and share.
When my husband and I got married in 2002 he was aware I would want goats someday. He even bought us a place with almost four acres and it had a small shed on it that we called the goat shed as we assumed that's what it would be used for. We found out later that the property wasn't zoned agricultural so that idea went right out the door.
We finally moved in 2013 over to our property now with 9 1/2 acres that we can do whatever we want with. It took awhile but I convinced him this summer we need goats.
1. I've been wanting them.
2. My daughter and I can't drink cows milk and raw goats milk supposedly will heal my daughter's colon, she has indeterminate colitis.
Our original plan made a whole lot of sense.. we would prepare a goat shed and pasture before purchasing goats in the spring. What a good idea! Then I began looking on Craigslist to price out what goats were going for and fell in love with a Nigerian listed. Within a couple days I went from.. "oh she's cute and already providing milk, maybe I can find one like her come spring", to "well we could use the milk right now" and then "dear, I have to have her". So with two weeks to get ready for her and a herd mate of hers the rush was on.
That was back in September.
Two Months Later
I have held off writing any posts about goats as I would rather provide experiences I've already went through and know the outcome rather than write about things that might work but still on trial for me.
Learning A Lot
Within the two months I have had them I have learned:
1. Selecting a milk goat is not as easy as getting a goat for a pet
2. Bringing a goat home
3. What to do when a goat has a cold
4. How to make a milk stand
5. How to milk a goat
6. How to trim a goats hooves
7. Goats can eat anything is not true
8. How to take a goats temperature 😣
Currently on trial or still yet to learn:
1. Feeding a wether more than just hay (some say absolutely not, others say a balanced diet is ok). Boys can get Urinary Calcili.
2. My Nigerian doe giving birth (my doe is currently two months pregnant)
3. How well a cattle panel hoop house handles NY winters.
4. Whether my fencing will hold up to goats. There is a reason for the saying " an escape goat".
5. Whether I like the deep bedding method I'm trying this winter.
And I'm probably missing something.
So here they are and here we go!
Meet Banyan and Gilbert. Banyan is our five almost six year old Nigerian Dwarf Goat doe. She has been easy for me. She has a puppy dog personality and has made goat owning so far wonderful. I have learned how to milk a goat on her and I have made yogurt and goat milk fudge so far from her milk.
Gilbert is our two year old Toggenberg wether and giving me the other side of owning a goat. He has manners - he leads, he comes when called, I had no problem setting him in milk stand for hoof trimming and was great for the vet. HOWEVER, he LOVES food, but to the point that he is very food aggressive and has been a bit aggressive with my doe. She's pregnant and I don't need her or her babies hurt. Changed how we feed them and I think he is calming down. I read two year old goats can have a teenage stage in which they may be testing at that point again. So its a learning experience for me and seems for him too. If he doesn't calm down I may be finding him a new home. I'm working with him. I need family friendly goats that can get along with all the other goats I happen to get.
We are planning on having a small herd of four or five adult goats and will share all our adventures of bringing new ones home, building them a better goat barn and introducing our own babies from our own does.
Thanks for visiting my first post on my goats! I will be posting about them more often, please come again!
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