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Quick Goat Tips Challenge!

Quick Goat Tips Challenge!

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Quick Goat Tips are little common sense actions we can easily take to fix, avoid or change a problem with our goats. Usually reading a Quick Goat Tip will make you think, “Oh yeah, that makes sense”. I believe that every goat owner has their own list. Below is mine, enjoy!

 

Introducing a new animal to the herd after quarantine?

 

Help minimize rejection by others by fitting the new animal with a used collar previously worn by one of your existing herd members. The familiar scents will make the new animal more welcome to the others and minimize fighting and stress for all.

 

Need to graft a kid on to another doe?

 

If the foster mother has very recently given birth, you can smear a little of the afterbirth from her kids on to the orphan kid and continually present the orphan to her for acceptance. This may take a few hours. If the foster mother has not very recently given birth, try bottle- or dish-feeding the youngster only milk from that doe for a few days (don’t mix it with milk from other does!). When the foster mother smells the rear end of the kid, she may recognize the smell of her own milk and more readily accept the new kid as her own.

 

How do you keep track of all those kids born?

 

Try using the Tyvek or paper collars to record dam, birthdate/time, birth order, weight, and sex. These inexpensive collars are self-stick, multicolored, adjustable, durable, and disposable and they sure help to refresh memories after the stress of kidding is over and it’s time to tattoo, microchip, register, or sell kids! But don’t rely on collars for your record keeping; make sure you have a written list somewhere else in case a collar goes missing!

 

Does your milker get antsy on the stand when the feed runs out?

 

Try removing the feed pan and rewarding the doe with her grain once she’s finished milking and returned to her stall. The doe won’t run out of feed while you’re milking and therefore won’t be as likely to suddenly protest. An added bonus: she will learn to readily return to her stall on command!

 

Hoegger Farmyard Contributor

Heather Fair, Fair Skies Dairy Goats at ‘sNo Rest, Anchorage AK

 

 

Hoegger Farmyard Challenge:  We know that many of you have learned or invented quick tips just like these.  Please share them below in the comments area and see how many we can get! We’d love to include some of them in our catalog next year for everybody to use. How awesome would it be for another goat owner to tell you about your own “quick tip”?

 

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  1. by IreneErhardt
    Comment made on: March 6 2012

    If you want your goats to enjoy getting their Hoegger wormer each week make little sandwiches that they think are great treats. For 4 goats I mix 4 measures of natural wormer with 1 Tblsp. of Light Karo corn syrup. Mix it with a spoon and spread it ( its the consistancy of peanut butter ) on wheat thins or Ritz carckers. Cover it with a top cracker to make the sandwich which keeps it off your fingers when you hand it over to the goats.
    Each goat gets 2 Ritz sandwiches to get a full dose. The wheat thins are smaller so I divide the dose into 3 little sandwiches per goat. They come running when they see me carrying thier sandwhich tin each week.



  2. by SuzetteMartin
    Comment made on: April 3 2012

    Sometimes, for some reason unknown to me, a bottle baby will bloat if it has free range pasture (or back yard). This can be deadly if not caught in time. If you start to see your baby’s tummy getting tight, quick action must be taken to save its life. I have been very successful with ordinary Gas-X tablets. I grind up 5-6 tablets and mix in just enough water to pull up in a syringe. I slowly force feed the kid (it probably won’t want it!) until all the medication is down. Rubbing the baby’s tummy sometimes looks like it makes them feel better! Then I watch the kid carefully. There are times when I’ve felt like I needed to give them another dose an hour or so later, but so far I’ve had very good luck with this method. Hope it helps someone else prevent a heartbreaking loss!


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