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Food?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres Oct 30, 2013. 11 Replies

I have not gotten my goats yet, but I will be getting them sometime soon. I plan on getting 2 wethers and 1 doeling. I have a few questions about food. First of all, can wethers and does eat the same…Continue

Tags: chow, goat, feeding, food

Keeping goats safe from predators

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fern Williams Oct 13, 2013. 10 Replies

Hello everyone!This is my first post on this forum and I am excited to learn more about these little goats. I plan on getting 2 wethers and 1 doeling in the next few months and want to do everything…Continue

Tags: animals, guardian, fences, predators

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Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Fern Williams's discussion Food?
"When you provide each of them separately, they seem to be able to self regulate, Sophia! I put out a separate bin for baking soda, kelp, and my mineral mix."
Oct 30, 2013
Sophia A. Heimberg replied to Fern Williams's discussion Food?
"Will the goats "know" what they need (regarding mineral, baking soda, etc.) or will they just kinda take it when they want like there food?"
Oct 30, 2013
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Fern Williams's discussion Food?
"I don't, but there are others here that do."
Oct 16, 2013
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Fern Williams's discussion Food?
"That's why I said what you feed will depend on your area, etc... because my feeding program is based on trying things on my herd... and from learning things here on line in this group too! :) I used a website (it's shut down because of…"
Oct 16, 2013
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Fern Williams's discussion Food?
"I don't think that Rachel is saying that you should not get Goat Chow. She is saying that she has figured out a feeding program that works without using it. Any commercial feed will have GMO grains in it, but unless you are in a position to buy…"
Oct 16, 2013
Fern Williams replied to Fern Williams's discussion Food?
"Thanks for the replies, everyone!! You all have definitely helped me. So it's not a good idea to get goat chow? Can they get everything they need from hay, loose minerals, and pasture? Also, Rachel, how were you able to figure out that you live…"
Oct 16, 2013
Lisa Cotter replied to Fern Williams's discussion Food?
"Do you feed recently weaned babies, does and wethers, differently while they are growing?"
Oct 16, 2013
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Fern Williams's discussion Food?
"Nutritionists recommend NO additional salt for goats because there is salt in their minerals, and if you have salt available separately, they may sometime consume that rather than the minerals, thereby reducing their consumption of the minerals and…"
Oct 15, 2013
Kare replied to Fern Williams's discussion Food?
"Cob has corn, which is GMO and sometimes molasses, which can be very hard on their teeth.  I have never had salt available as I give free choice loose minerals and I don't think they  need both, but would love to hear if others agree…"
Oct 15, 2013
Kare replied to Fern Williams's discussion Food?
"I follow the exact same feeding routine (and for the same reasons) as Rachel except they only have pasture when we are able to herd them as we don't have fencing..."
Oct 15, 2013
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Fern Williams's discussion Food?
"I had a nice long reply to you and accidentally closed the tab. GRRRRRRR What you feed your goats will depend on what the nutritional needs in your area are for some things, but here are some general rules: DOES, BUCKS and WETHERS FREE…"
Oct 14, 2013
Fern Williams posted a discussion

Food?

I have not gotten my goats yet, but I will be getting them sometime soon. I plan on getting 2 wethers and 1 doeling. I have a few questions about food. First of all, can wethers and does eat the same food, or do they need different things? Secondly, I have read so many different opinions on food in the other discussions here and have questions regarding what they need. Do they need to eat alfalfa, pasture, loose minerals, goat chow, COB, baking soda, and salt? Or are there some things that make…See More
Oct 14, 2013
Fern Williams replied to Fern Williams's discussion Keeping goats safe from predators
"That's a good idea! "
Oct 13, 2013
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Fern Williams's discussion Keeping goats safe from predators
"If you use electric, you can put the bottom wire at the bottom on the inside of the fence, and little people won't be as likely to get shocked. If I were picking one over the other, I would pick electric too, because it's more fail safe on…"
Oct 13, 2013
Fern Williams replied to Fern Williams's discussion Keeping goats safe from predators
"Good to know! I'll take a look at the other opinions on fencing. Do you think that bears would be able to jump a 6 foot tall fence? "
Oct 13, 2013
Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Fern Williams's discussion Keeping goats safe from predators
"Bears will jump the barbed wire fence in a heartbeat to get to small kids. I have a friend who lost 2 babies to bears who jumped the 4 foot fence to get them. We have small children who visit our goats and were taught to go only to the gate to go in…"
Oct 13, 2013

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