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Friday, January 22, 2016 / 4 Comments

Meet My New Twin Boys---Adding New Goats to A Herd

                                                                   
Hello from the farm. My new boys...BoBo and Lukie wanted to say hello to you. Yes they are brothers and they are 2 months old, now former bottle babies, and they think they are human. Every time I turn the corner they start bahhhing so that I will stop and come in and play with them and love on them. It's hard to refuse since they are so cute.





We tell them apart by looking at the white spots on their foreheads. BoBo has a large white spot and Lukie's is small. 


They are a Pygmy/Nigerian mix. I got them because I only have 2 male goats and one has a bad leg and doesn't seem to be reproducing ....mmmhhh... and the other I don't want him to get his full blooded sister or half sister pregnant so we needed some new blood. 


I don't milk my Pygmy goats but I might if I get some Nigerian mix babies then I can make all types of goats milk products. The Nigerian milk is supposed to taste better.

I will try and get some better pics soon but if I went in the pen they would go nuts and cry if I don't stay an hour and it's only 31 degrees outside and I have errands to run so daddy gets to babysit them today. Mommy will love on them this weekend.

I get asked by people all the time how I add new goats to my herd. This will be the 4th time I've done it and this time I'm doing it correctly. Previously I've just had darn good luck. 

How to add Goats to A Herd

1. Separate them for at least 10 days and make sure they are vaccinated.

2. Once the 10 days are up...let them spend a week going in with your other goats during the day. Make sure you go in the pen with them when they are introduced.

3. Watch closely to see if they are picked on. Some head butting is pretty normal since they are fighting over who is in charge. I don't let a lot of head butting go on because it can cause injuries.especially with my pregnant does and we don't dehorn our herd.

4. If there is any chance they show signs of sickness, immediately take them out and treat them before letting them go back.

5. After 10 days I will start trying them overnight in the pen with the older goats.

***Not all goat set ups are the same. We have a large pen and then a large 6 ft tall kennel within the pen to keep the goats safe at night...or when we leave... since we seem to have a large coyote and wildcat population. Wild dogs are also a problem in our area. ***

I'm going to try to start writing a post every Friday about our Farm and the animals. I get so many emails asking ?'s and it seems people want to learn more. I'm no expert and I'm no Vet but I can certainly share with you my experiences of what works well for us.

Let me know if you have more questions or topics about the farm and I will share with you what I know.

Hugs,

Valerie



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4 comments:

  1. These are so cute! "Someday" I hope to have some goats, so I will pin this and save it for later. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I had one when I was in high school and he was a cutie. They are adorable.
    Mary

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  3. Bah... Dolly still headbutts Dumplin' and Tulip and it's been almost a year!

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  4. I love goats. They have such personalities that you can watch them like they are a reality show! haha And new blood in the herd is a lot of fun, too. Congrats on your cute little guys!

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