I have been dealing with being sick still- this is going on 2 weeks, I may need to go to the doctor. School has started, I have a first grader and a sixth grader. So far we are 3 days in and they are enjoying it. We have had rain pretty much forecasted every day so needless to say the yard is straight up mush!
The chickens have been growing, and the goat pens need some work. My rare breed is so ugly it’s cute! They got to enjoy some tomatoes from the garden since I let them sit a little too long without using them!
Here’s to hoping it doesn’t rain all weekend so I can get some work done!
Hope all is well with you, and I will definitely have some posts up this weekend!
So this weekend, I attempted to trim both the goat’s hooves. Now this was quite the job and took Sheldon, Hubby and I to get this done! Sheldon had to watch to make sure that we did not get disturbed by the loose goat. I need to plan a little better- and make a separate area to do this- also a milking stanchion, but to later plans. For now I know the goats needed to be trimmed. A friend of ours has goats- and some people I know do not trim them at all! But it is like fingernails- I know they had to feel better after!
To plan- I bought a pair of these from Amazon- (Sorry Y’all- I did not get many pictures!)
They worked wonderful- and look at all those uses!
I did watch a few YouTube videos and read some articles from other bloggers- maybe next time I will get more pictures and be able to post more. I did not want to take too much off- goats have quicks- so if you cut too much- you can make them bleed. Therefore they will need to be done again in about 4 weeks or so. Most of what I heard- you need to trim them every 6 to 8 weeks. It can prevent hoof rot- and more. I think this is more for show goats- BUT I know I don’t want them to get sick- and it looks like it almost hurt to have to walk on funky hooves- so maybe more for me than them.
They both seemed to be happier a little after- although they did not want to come near us for awhile. They don’t hold grudges long y’all. I found the easiest way to trim was Hubby helped catch them- one at a time- and then we rolled them onto their backs on his lap. It worked really well as they did not scream as much and they got loving as I was messing with their feet. I did the front first and then the back. I trimmed little by little and they probably needed more- but I started to see what looked like part of the quick/foot. So I will trim them again in 4 weeks and each time I will get better and soon become an expert!
They do seem to be happier when they walk!
Look for that post soon! Also look for a goat expansion post and update- we may be adding more to the herd since Kevin and MJ are half brother and sister and really can’t breed together! I may let them have one set- BUT MJ is 7 months old, and Kevin is 6 months old.
So Monday, we had to cut the grass. It was getting long, and we knew it had to be done to do the fireworks, and for the kids. I don’t like it to be kept long because of the bugs especially. Hubby borrowed his dads sweeper so we wouldn’t have grass flakes everywhere. Well what do you do with all of the cut grass? We have 3/4 of an acre, and most of it is grass, it was pretty long, so we had about 3 loads to do something with.
The first load got taken to the chicken pens, the girls freaked when we added it- but learned very quickly what it was. They were very happy after, as I’m sure it had a couple crickets- and yummy bugs as well. We are hoping it will cut down on the mud some- and reseed the area. The next 2 loads got taken to the goat pen to try to regrow the grass in there as well. The last load went into the compost.
This was right after, and I am hoping that it reseeds the ground. It is all dead and brown now- but at least it is in there preventing some more mud.
The goats were a little unsure- and they did not eat it- so that is a good sign!
I will have to let everyone know how well this works!
So the goaties have been doing well. My friend that I got the goats from has a pregnant doe- so I may acquire another soon! Although I do only want one if it is a female. I have gotten them used to me being in the pen, and almost have them coming directly to me. They don’t like crazy though! I am going to start having to halter train them so when it is time to trim their hooves I can do it. I love these guys, they are so dang adorable!
This is the mom, please pet me!
MJ has some gorgeous eyes!
Kevin was pulling at my pants through the gate- he wanted me to rub on him some!
I absolutely love when I come home to this! It makes my day so much better!
Hubby and I have been talking about a hay feeder for the goats, and finally got one built!
Pinterest is where I get all my good ideas y’all! So to whomever originally posted this- thanks! I have to give credit where credit is due- this is not my idea- I just executed it!
Goaties need hay- and they don’t want it wet- or if it has touched the ground! I never knew goats could be so picky- mine are y’all- mine are! I tried to feed them corn on the cobb- they don’t like it. They don’t like strawberry tops either!
To make the feeder- we used an old plastic tote that was warping. It can hold 2 to 3 flakes. We nailed a 2 x 4 piece that we had laying around to the pallet wall- and then screwed the tote on. If you look at the back- it has a little of an angle because I need to be able to place the lid on and off- you don’t want the hay wet!
It took a minute to figure out what it was!
We absolutely love it!
The goats are doing great! We are doing some more DIY with them later this week. I still have to finish cleaning out the pen this weekend. I can’t do it much when it is raining! We are expecting rain all week! Good for the garden- but not to do work in. We did manage to get a new watering system set up!
Enjoying the new hay in their pen! I still have to clean some more in the pen, but at least they have a fresh, dry spot to lay now!
The brushes were an addition awhile ago- we added some brushes so they can rub against them and brush themselves! I have seen them use them sometimes. Here is our new water get up. We bought a bigger water tub- better than the 2 buckets! It gives them fresh water all the time! We did buy a float so that these guys will never be without water! Not as frugal because we bought a new tub, and the float- BUT it is a time saver so it has that going for it!
Stay tuned for some more goat pen, and goat toys expansion and DIY Frugal ideas!
So after a week, the goaties are doing great! They love to see us come towards them now- because they know we mean food! Although Tooty kind of freaks them out!
MJ used to come let me pet her- but we have taken some back steps, and she has gotten skittish!
Kevin is way more friendly now, and he definitely is all boy! He has a very pushy personality!
They did get a new toy today! They love having the pallets to jump on and off of! They most certainly have played more since we put them in there! And Kevin is sort of a bully when it comes to food and the pallet stand! This has all been observed today! But I can say MJ can hold her own if she wants to!
We have built a goat pen, low cost and with materials on hand. We did have to purchase t posts, a gate, some screws, and 2 posts for the gate. We had a bunch of pallets that hubby can get from work for free. So our pile dwindled a little- we will have to collect some more! This is the start- we still need a real roof on it, and we built it this way so we can expand it.
This is part of the yard. It is 7 pallets long- and is 4 pallets wide. We are going to have to do something about the shorter pallets as our lovely baby Nigerian Dwarf doe is trying to climb the fence and jump out. This is new for her so it will take them some adjusting time. So hubby will be fixing that! But we placed t posts in every corner and every other pallet. I saw the idea on pinterest. We screwed each pallet together, and the corners are screwed in very well.
For right now you can see the goat shelter. We have screwed a tarp on to keep rain and wind out- the tarp was something we had on hand. We had some hay from last October and placed it in there for them to lay on.
We have a 6 foot gate- and 2 cedar posts that the gate attaches too. We had it swing to the inside.
This was the plan for the gate to swing in. In case we needed to lock them up to clean the pen- or do some work to it. Well because MJ has decided to try to get out, until hubby gets the shorter pallets fixed- I am locking them up at night. They are not happy but I feel better- and I won’t have to worry as much. I will be posting some more updates soon as I have to build some goat toys to keep them occupied. And this helps them to get adjusted.
Any goat tips? Who wants to help a sister out?