My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

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Goat Supplies Needed

As you know, we get our baby goaties this weekend. The goat pen is done (altho it's kinda small for now) and there's a same-sized run behind the building where their interior pen is. We will walk the goats from the pen (inside the workshop/barn) to the other side in the morning, and back in the evening.

I've scoured the internet and can't find an actual list of what we need to get. We already had:
-goat food/pellets
-homegrown produce
-hay
-pitchfork and wheelbarrow for cleaning

Then picked up:
-food bucket (one for each!)
-water buckets (for pen and exercise area)
-collars for around their necks
-goat minerals (but how often?)

When it's time to start milking, we'll get:
-milking stanchion (for nigerian dwarf goats because they are small)

In the next week or so, we'll pick up:
-a brush for regular grooming

At some point, don't we need...
-diatenaceous (sp?) earth (what kind and how often)

And maybe...
-goat hoof cleaner thingy

What else?

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p.s. We have lots of cactus and cockeburr plants on our property. Will our goaties eat them? Please?!?!

1 comment:

Patricia de Vreese-Crowley said...

Cactuses can be poisonous please do not feed to your goaties. They will not require brushing,...they self groom and keep themselves remarkably clean. Hoof trimmers is all you need to clean out their hooves, no picks are needed. www.fiascofarm.com has an extensive list of edible and poisonous plants, though not complete they are a wonderful resource. Also, PDZ used in horse stalls and such is a really good thing to have on hand to neutralize their area. We use it weekly when the pens are cleaned out. It is about $8.00 for a 50lb. bag.

Loose goat minerals can be fed freely or one a week depending on their regular feed We put it into a dish for them and the LOVE it.

Hope the little ones are adjusting well tonite. Lilly Blue called out for them for a while this afternoon...she was none too happy with me!