Sunday, February 24, 2013

When will my goat deliver?

What to Expect on Goat Delivery Day?
The most often asked question about raising goats is, "When will the baby goats be delivered?" It is normal to be anxious and to worry a bit since you have been anticipating this event for about 150 days. For most goats, it is fairly easy to  read the signs of delivery. Normally, delivery will take place within the next 24-48 hours:
1. When the tail ligaments become loose. Feel for loose/soft ligaments. Goats have 2 cord-like ligaments that run back to the tail, usually these are firm and are about the size of a pencil. To give you an idea of how this is suppose to feel by touch, run your thumb and finger along the back of the goat's tail well before delivery time so you know what the normal ligament feels like and you will have something to compare to later around delivery time.
2. When she paws at the ground and continuously gets up and down. Goats often become restless and even pace.
3. When there is white vaginal discharge, loss of the mucus plug and followed by a streaming of clear, runny mucus.
4. When the vulva becomes flabby & puffy
5. When the clear liquid from teats tuns to milk you are usually only 24 hours from delivery. During the last week of pregnancy, I check (milk or strip) my doe twice each day to see the color of the milk. 
6. When she elevates her front end by standing on something with her front feet only. Often will push the side of the fence or barn wall with her head. Acts uncomfortable and pushes and rolls as the babies get into birthing position.

Other shorts you may enjoy:
Milking Stand
Bottle Feeding and Weaning Goats
Delivery of Baby Goats 
Nursing a baby back    
How Early To Breed My Doe 
Is My Goat in Heat?
Breeding My Doe 
Birthing Barn for Goats
When will my Goat Deliver




Monday, February 18, 2013

How to Buy a Healthy Goat

     Buying a healthy goat will make you happy. 
 It's really not too difficult, even for a first time buyer. Look for:
1. Bright, clear eyes, not clouded eyes.
2. A shiny coat, not dull.
3. A smooth coat, not ruffled.
4. A good appetite, sick goats do not eat well.
5. A goat with a great, perky attitude.
6. No horns. Goats with horns get in to too much trouble.
7. A Quiet Goat, when content and in good health, are usually quiet
8. Regular bowel movements well defined berries, not diarrhea or clumpy stools.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Feeding Baby Goats

Bucket Feeding Goats

Hand bottle feeding individual kids is often not practical if you have several goats to feed. At times, a more efficient method is necessary, especially if you have several does delivering around the same time.

The photo shows a five-gallon system that requires the baby goat to actually suck the milk from the container. A nipple attached through the bucket with a milk line running to the bottom allows each goat to drink until the container is empty.

The lambs are sucking from  one liter re-cycled containers with a nipple attached. The rubber nipples are readily available and easy to clean and reuse. This method is preferred by many because gravity helps the sucking action of the goat and each goat has a separate container.
Photo from Victory Hill Farm



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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Goat Play Ground

Goats Like to Have Fun!
I love raising goats for many reasons. The thing I like most is their constant quest for something to climb, eat, jump or in this case surf.

Kids love to play and, like all baby animals, are bursting with energy! Adult goats are curious and love to explore. You can give them a place to burn that energy by putting goat stuff in your pasture.

 


1. Wooden spools.
2. Old tires.
3. Old furniture.
4. Build a ramp
5. Trampoline.
6. Slide.
7. Uncle Jim's Pickup.




Other shorts you may enjoy:
How to build a Milking Stand
Making Your Own Goat Treats
Dancing With Goats 
Goat Tricks