Goats

We love our four-legged friends, especially our registered Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats.  The goat kids are just so cute and fun to watch.  Their mothers provide us with the richest, sweetest-tasting, healthy milk imaginable.  We do not pastuerize our milk.  I drink a large jar of it fresh, icy cold every night at bedtime.  It’s like drinking melted ice cream.

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  1. I just read a post of yours on backyard chickens… and so naturally, I started stalking you!

    Seriously, we are just starting out and have a small menagerie of 4 goats and 10 chickens and have plans for lots more….I am a fan of author/farmer Joel Salatin and have been hoping to transfer his ideas to my goats. I read your post where you mentioned not worming your goats and it gave me hope!! Thank you!

    I am really concerned about where to get my stock now that I am starting to see how defeated most goats immune systems must be! We have boers and would like get some milk goats as well. Yours are so cute! I am not sure those shorties could survive our occasional bobcat situation. =/

    • Thanks Shari – I love stalkers.

      I too am a fan of Joel Salatin and it’s his methods I try to follow. We keep our does and our bucks separate and we alternate letting them out daily. Our small farm is surrounded by thousands of acres of woods with no neighbors. The goats immediately run to the woods to browse. Well, that’s not totally true. First they run to all the chicken feed bins to see if they can get into anything. Then they run around me to see if I’m going to feed them anything. Then they run to the woods. They are real crack heads and if they think you are even thinking about giving them some crack they jump all over you. Crack is what I call goat chow. So if I want them to come home and back into the stables all I have to do is call them or shake a bucket of crack.

      All of our chickens, ducks, peacocks also roam free with the exception of chickens in the breeder pens. We also have 16 horses. The 7 dogs including two Great Pyrenees and two German Shepherds keep predators in the woods where they belong. The goats only go into the edge of the woods and there’s usually a dog or two that goes with them. Besides, the dogs can smell something miles away and take off after the scent. The chickens running around the pastures scratch through the horse poop practically before it hits the ground. So I think it’s everything that works together to keep the animals parasite free for the most part. The main thing being that they don’t have to live in a penned or confined environment. The goats stay out pretty much all day long. Now, all that having been said, I do worm or medicate if need be. I think the most important thing is to know your animals. I know my goats well because I’m also out there all day long working. I know if one is acting “off”. I know their coats should be sleek and shiny. So if I see a goat that is not acting itself or its coat is dull I will check its eyelids for pinkness and if they are not nice and deep pink, I will worm it. If it has a fever, I will give Pen G. I don’t worm as a preventative or on a regular basis. I milk the females and I don’t want meds in my milk. I will worm a doe shortly after she gives birth and a baby at several weeks old but other than that, it’s only on an as needed basis after that and so far, not many have needed it in the almost 4 years we’ve had goats. The same thing applies to my peacocks who also roam free. Other peafowl breeders talk about having to worm every 6 months with alternate wormers but I’ve never wormed my peafowl.

      I hope this helps you. I read how Joel Salatin lets his chickens and rabbits and pigs and cows all follow each other around cleanig up after one another and all having access to pasture and that’s pretty much what I try and do here also. I will say that free roaming animals do make a mess. Porches and walkways are never off limit as far as they are concerned.

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