Acquired: Bred animal myself
Posted Oct 03, 2012
Why my sons fell in love with goats in the first place? Their grandpa had kid goats that were bottle feed. The doe that is the kids’ mother contacted some diseases and fell sick. She can’t produce milk for her kids. We have in our town a dairy farm that produces fresh milk pasteurized for human consumption. Their grandpa bought bottled fresh goats milk form there.
Every morning at about six the bottle feed kids would knock on their grandpa’s front door demanding their morning ration of bottled milk that were given to them on a feeding bottle. Since their grandpa bought only one feeding bottle for the two kids they would nudge each other in order to be the first one to suck the feeding bottle. My youngest son would cuddle the one who isn’t feeding. And the kids love to be cuddled that whenever they saw my son sitting they would jump on his lap to cuddle.
Since they come inside the kitchen for their feeding they can see what’s on our dining table. One of them fell in love with bananas. She loves bananas that even just mentioning the word banana is enough to make him come running into our house for one. Her romance with banana has not yet ended up to now. She still goes ga ga over the sight of a banana.
When they were pastured out you don’t need to tether them down. Just tether their mother and they will be around her all day. Just within sight of their mother they will stay. This is the reason my sons think it was easy to raise goats. What they didn’t know then that raising goats need your time and patience. Why you will probably ask?
In the morning when you pasture them they will stubbornly stay in their shed when the grasses are wet with rain during the night before. How forcefully you would pull them they will stubbornly hold their ground. And during sunny days the moment you untie their tether they would careen out of the shed to the grassland scattering in all directions. My oldest son learned this lesson the hard way. Because when he realized all the bad habits of goats he was already assigned the goat herding chores. And he can’t back out anymore.
After tethering the goats and that will take almost an hour on bad days and about 30minutes in good days. He needs to sweep up the goats’ fecal because they can smell really onerous. Especially as we raise our goats as backyard farming. And you need to wash out their urines with water because they really smell nasty especially the buck’s.
You cannot leave them without somebody who could get them into the shed whenever rain comes pouring because they get weak when exposed to rain on long periods. Whenever we gout of town there should be one of us left behind to take care of the goats especially because they are tethered. And you need to check on them from time to time because they will harm themselves when their tether got tangled. They would choke to death.
In the afternoon you need to untie their tether and let them graze around so they could eat their fill of fresh supply of grasses. No worries when they are full because they run on home without prompting. But you would worry when they haven’t eaten their fill yet. They could stubbornly refuse to be pulled home. They could graze till sundown and dusk till they have eaten their fill. Then that’s another story that is not favorable with raising goats.
You need time and effort when you raise farm goats with many neighbors nearby. This is because you need to tether your goats and they will need your time and attention too much. And not all goats are as good natured as the two kids my son fell in love with. They were named Happy Feet and Dynasaour, up to now Happy Feet still enjoys banana.