Ice……you make us all look like slackers HA. You are incredible with everything your doing and getting done up there.
Here on my little homestead I am expanding my protected chicken run and building a third coop. I may get into goats into the future but have zero knowledge and experience with any of that and any one of these pens ive made could be used with some minor adjusments to house a goat or three.
Actually, I feel like a slacker because things aren’t progressing here as quickly as I’d like in getting this property turned into a self-sufficient homestead. Things WOULD go more quickly if I could work on it full-time, but the need to earn a paycheck prevents that from happening.
One thing to keep in mind about goats…they can be absolute Houdinis! It’s not unusual to find them up a tree (which they can use as a “launch pad” to escape the pen, if the tree is near the fence.) They like to climb. They see fences as a challenge to be overcome. They VERY easily learn to open the latches on gates (I have to keep carabiner through the latch hole, PLUS I have to keep the gate tied shut, as my doe has discovered that if she pushes on the gate with her full weight, the latch will turn and the gate will open.) Fortunately, they prefer to stay right next to the horses, so they were easy to round up.
Oh, and the bucks smell….BAD! If a doe is “in milk”, then any and all bucks need to be kept far, FAR away downwind because the stink from the boys will taint the milk. (That’s why goat milk sometimes has a “funky” taste…because the bucks have been in proximity to the does.) If you can, just get a doe or two, and “rent” or borrow a buck to “do the deed” to breed the doe (usually in the fall, for most breeds) and then send him back so you don’t have to deal with “buck stink” the rest of the time.
Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:46 pm