Our little guys are still young enough that they are getting goats milk 3 times a day…
but before they get their last bottle for the day, we take them for a walk and they gobble up as many weeds as they can!
They LOVE Queen Anne’s Lace!
Among the favorites are the dandelions and they even eat the puffs!
We were laughing at what that texture must be like….mmmmm, fuzzy 😉
Of course the blackberry vines are delicious!
As are the dead leaves from this apple tree branch.
I believe this is a wild rose. The thorns really don’t seem to bother them!
We all enjoy our evening walks, but they are always eager to get back to the barn and their bottles.
at least that is what I have learned with our sheep. It appears to be working with the goats too 😉
When we brought them home, they had not had a lot of one on one handling, or ever had a collar on, but these boys have caught on so quickly! We started by putting their collars on before giving them their bottles, and consistently did that before each feeding. Now, they line up to have their collars put on!
What good little guys.
Once they were comfortable with the collars, we started tying them up before feeding.
This serves a couple of different purposes…one – they aren’t fighting each other for their bottles and second – they are learning to stand tied nicely.
When they were comfortable with their collars and standing nicely when tied, we started taking them for a small walk after they finished their bottles. This was only 2 days in. They are now very comfortable going on longer walks.
After bottle time, is time for scratches and snuggles 🙂
It has been awhile since I did any blogging, but I have been urged to blog about our new adventure….raising pack goats!
I love our sheep and have always been more of a ‘sheep’ person than a ‘goat’ person. My sister loves her goats and appreciates their ‘goatiness’. I will be the first to admit that I place goats in the category of being trouble makers…along with all of the stereotypes that go along with that. So, when we started talking about getting pack goats and using them for hiking, backpacking, and hunting, I was immediately skeptical. I did some research and have been following a few hiking with pack goat FB pages and have been pleasantly surprised with how they raise their goats and their expectations of their behavior. I saw a bright spot and thought ‘we can do this!’
Flash forward to this week and the actual arrival of our 4 goats.
Meet Glacier, Ghost, Ansel (hiding behind Ghost), and Slick. Aren’t they cute!
I think that is what gets them into trouble. People see the ‘cute’ and their cute little antics. Very cute at this stage…not so much when they are over 200 lbs.!
We have implemented a few rules and are slowing making our way through the steps on how to become a good little goat.
The first step was to keep all 4 on the floor. That means no jumping up on us. If they happened to jump up on us, we simply said ‘no’ and put their feet back on the ground. Four days into it and they already have this one down. This leads us to the other reason goats get themselves into trouble….they are SO SMART!
You can see the little wheels turning in their heads.
So far it has been a fun adventure! I hope you enjoy following along.
A HUGE shout out to my sister for all of her help and the goat milk from her does for these little guys. We have another month of bottle feeding and I know they are going to be that much healthier by getting goat milk instead of replacer. If you have dairy goats, or other dairy animals, and have’t heard of Simple Pulse please check them out. My sister and brother-in-law have created an excellent product!