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herd update [08 Jun 2009|08:44pm]

lizardjee
[ mood | relieved ]

i posted a few weeks ago about the new goats we got, and i have to say, all the advice was amazing. they are still a TINY bit skittish, but i now have walden, the lap goat..
From 4_5june2009


he gets very angry with me if he does not get lap time during the day. they both have started to follow me around and cry when i leave their sight. it was pretty rough there in the beginning, but all very worth it..

AND we found the rest of our herd locally at a very reasonable price.
baby goat cutenessCollapse ) x-posted

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[27 May 2009|09:21pm]

eccentricrabbit
I'm fostering a goat, as I work at an SPCA... and I just can't get her to take the bottle... HELP!?
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hoping for a lead [24 May 2009|08:15pm]

lizardjee
[ mood | hopeful ]

i am not sure if this is allowed here, i will remove it if not.
we are from the capital district region of ny and looking to add a new born mini/dwarf doe to our family.
jeani has been all over the internet looking for breeders but so far has come up with nothing we can afford.
we are able to travel up to about 5-6 hours away to get one. we are looking to bottle feed if possible, the younger the better, and hopefully something under $250.
if anyone knows of any place that can help us out or where else we could look (she has been all over craigslist and the want ad digest, plus a few other links) that would be appreciated.
thank you

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behavior question [24 May 2009|01:25am]

lizardjee
[ mood | curious ]

we just got a pair of nigerian dwarf wethers, 1/2 brothers 4 & 5 weeks of age.

we should have paid more attention at the breeders, but we had driven over 5 hours to get there and were kind of desperate and grief stricken after losing our other goats suddenly earlier in the week. our 2 1/2 yr old son was just devastated and breaking our hearts, so we went to get him replacement goats.
they were all running away from us, but the breeder said that they were just not use to jaxen, who of course was running around chasing them to hug the goatie goats.
the breeder said that they had been socialized to humans, but as they started to settle in to our house, it seems like their socialization may have consisted of being tortured by her 9yr old son.
they are like scared puppies, running away from us, tails between their legs, always looking away from us, flinching when we are near with our hands. it is horrible.
we have had them for 3 days and are JUST starting to take a bottle from me, but run away when they are done.

our other goats were very loving. jaxen just does not understand why these goats will not love him. it is breaking my heart even more. is there ANY hope for us to turn them around and win them over? if so, please let me know any suggestions/tricks.
thank you.

walden and hamilton
From 21_22may2009

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Animal rescue in need of help ASAP [14 Apr 2008|01:24pm]

ilovemygoats
Please help our cause. I recently lost my job and the rescue needs some financial help to continue feeding and caring for the animals. We need bales of hay for the goats and bags of feed. Lots of food for the feral cats. Two geriatric indoor kitties need expensive prescription formula food for renal failure. If you can donate, even if it is just a dollar, please click the banner. THANK YOU


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buying a sick baby goat [18 Aug 2007|06:09pm]
10acre
Are there health standards for selling goats, and where are can they be found? Yesterday I went to pick up two nigerian goats I had purchased online from a site that specializes in pygmy and nigerian goats.
The goats were incredibly cute, but the one the owner was holding appeared to be sick (with a runny nose a weepy eyes). When I tickled him under the chin I felt two hard scabs there. The owner said that they were like children always coming down with colds. She said that he had just been dipped for fleas which he caught because in the next stall over where she kept dogs and puppies.
The little goat had quite a lot of yellow crusty scabs in his fur and I checked and saw a few fast moving shiny bullet shaped pests (too big for lice but also pretty big for fleas).I asked what we should do if he got worse and she said to buy antibiotics for the cold, and that pests are common to the area.
I didn't have a chance to look at the other little guy since we couldn't get past these things and I was relieved when she said she didn't want to sell her goats to me after all and the sale was canceled. She got her check book and wrote me a check for my deposit.
If these things are normal, why wouldn't these problems be listed in her descriptions of her goats?
I imagine other people have concerns about introducing new problems to their other goats and animals.
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[05 Aug 2007|11:01am]

silvergate
[ mood | nervous ]

Hey, new here. I just bought my first goat yesterday. He's a dairy/pygmy goat mix. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on potty training goats? Or if there are any important basic facts that I should know about.

Thanksyou for any help!

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[04 Aug 2007|01:29pm]

bedlover
[ mood | happy ]

hello. i am new here. and although i am not a goat owner, my husband and i would like to soon be. is it ok if i observe? can anyone offer any first steps?

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The New Weanling Pen [13 Jun 2007|09:09pm]

sarahshevett
Weanling Pen
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[25 Dec 2006|12:06am]

sarahshevett
Carol of the Goat Bells
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introduction, pictures, question [21 Apr 2006|07:28pm]

goldfish42
Hello, fellow goat keepers!

I just found this community. It's nice to have a place to share pictures and see other people's pretty babies! Here are my two newest kids, the day they were born, getting some early leash training from my son.


Click for the rest of the pictures

They're about a month old now, and I'm looking to sell them both. (Information follows.) I'm in Washington state, South of Seattle near Olympia. Does anyone know of any state or local resources on line that would be good places to put adds for stock for sale?

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Two female Toggenburg kids, born March 25th. (They're just under a month right now.) These are full-size dairy goats, not pygmies. They stand about waist-high to most people. They make excellent pets, lawn mowers, and fertilizer producers. They are pure-bred, and though not yet registered, they could be if you want. They have been de-horned and have had their first shots. They have had some leash training, will drink milk from a bottle, and are used to cats and children. And...they come with a reasonably-knowledgeable goat-owner a phone-call away. I'm asking $60 each, and will only sell them to a home where I judge they will be taken care of well. I might take less because they need to go soon, due to a problem with the mother that neccessitates seperation sooner rather than later. Also, I'm open to barter. You'll need to take both unless you have other goats already, because goats prefer company.

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[20 Apr 2006|06:50pm]

riffraff2g
Hi everybody
It has been a while since I posted some new pictures of the goaties! Well it is baby season and there are little ones running all over. We have had 26 babies born so far. Most of them are Nigerian dwarves but we have had some oberhasli kids too. I will post some pictures of them soon!! Until then here is a picture of one of the first little guys born on the farm.




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[19 Mar 2006|04:22pm]

jitneycosmonaut
baby goats that are less than a day old are NOT very good at jumping.

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Hi, I'm new. I don't actually own any goats, but I am a goat milker/camp counselor at the farm I work at! How is everybody doing with kidding season?
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Introduction [07 Jan 2006|03:10pm]

dreamer1981
Hi y'all, I am Morrghan Savistr'i, a homesteader living in Missouri and today I bought my first goat! I have plans to have a small herd for Milk,cheese, Meat and fiber. I've got to say, she was a bargin from the local auction. Certified CAE and CL free, and only 100.00 pregnant. Here she is!

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[09 Dec 2005|01:17pm]

sarahshevett
Singing Goat Xmas Greeting
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[30 Nov 2005|10:59pm]

welshfairelass
[ mood | accomplished ]

So.  This is my first time posting here but i'll let you see some of my goats.  I've been raising dairy goats for ummmmmmm 5 years now.  Wow, has it really been that long? Yes.  Oh well.  I'm involved in 4-H and FFA.  So here ya go.Some picts. of my goatsCollapse )

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gogogoats [27 Nov 2005|03:19pm]

djaliplume
Hello there. I would like to promote my new community go_go_goats. It's a place for people who love goats and appreciate what wonderful creatures they are.

But I don't just want to promote, I also want to spread some cuteness.

baby lamb cuteness and goatsCollapse )

So I hope that makes up for the promotion.

x-posted. click on pictures to see full versions.
go_go_goats
Thanks!
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Woot! [21 Oct 2005|01:03pm]

lady_greystoke
[ mood | bouncy ]

Hello out there in goat loving computer land!

I am very excited to discover this group, Yay!

Time for a little intro to me and my goat-loving self. (You have been warned!)

I am 19 years old, and have been homse schooled my whole life. We (my family whom I still live with, and I) have a decent amount of land that used to be my grandfather's dairy farm. Loving all things four legged as I do, I would constantly pester my mother for a pet (other than my dog). I wanted a Rabbit at first, but my mother wouldn't get me one. Then we went to a friend's house and she kept a few goats and some sheep. My mother suggested I get a goat kid from her so I did. This was Gracie, my first goat and a step down the path of caprine adoration.

Many years have passed (I was like 11 at the time) and many goats have come and gone. I have a small herd, 14 critters to be exact. They keep my horse (Inigo) company and keep us on our toes by escaping out of anything they're put in. Unfotunately I will be having to sell a few of them as they aren't making me any money and they insist on eating...

I do breed and milk the does, but any hope of breeding nice rigestered does and making money by selling the kids has gone out the window as they keep bloody dying! Grrrr *Grumbles to herself* Any way, my hardy little 'mut goats' continue to thrive and consume hay in mass amounts.

Hmmmm...what else can I say about myself...My favorite breed is Nubian (consiquently I have the most trouble keeping them alive).
My favorite goat activity is showing.
My current best goat is 'Lady Du Lac', my purebred (and very pretty) Alpine doe who's the best animal I've ever had for showmanship. She's really smart, a natrual shower.
My other favorite is Jolly, who has been with me sinse almost the beginning He and his twin brother Happy (who has passed on) were my third goats. I bottle fed Happy and Jolly, making them very friendly. Jolly is strange because he would much rather be hanging with me than getting into the grain container with the other goats. He's such a sweetheart, even though now he's huge and weighs consierably more than me :) I was going to train him to pull a cart but he wounded himself some years back, shredding the tendon of a hind leg pretty badly, so cart pulling is no longer an option. So he'll just have to be content being my big baby and keeping the horse company.

I'm excited to meet some other goat lovers and hear all about your beloved critters. I can also answer questions as I have acumulated some small knowledge of goats over my years of hobby farming them :)

Thanks all those who were undaunted by the length of this rant and read the whole thing. I like you :) *grins*

Okay...I'm done now...for real...totally...
Lol

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[08 Oct 2005|10:25pm]

indigodye
With some recent happenings, I am not the only mod on this community. Is anyone else interested in being a mod, in case of spammers, etc??
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HORRABLE TRAGITY [05 Sep 2005|10:33pm]

wooly_mammoth
[ mood | crushed ]

Sorry I’m not rewriting this for my journal, I’m just redoing the email I already sent out to my goat lists. I will most likely post this to my goat list on LJ too (so same apology for “lazyness” to the goat list if I post this). I am just to emotionally raw to rewrite it.

I havn’t been able to write much on the two goaty lists (packing and carting) but I wanted to tell everyone my devastating news and hopefully give everyone else a reason to hug there goaties tonight.

To start I’ll retell everyone who I am to maybe log memories as to who I am. I am disabled as is my 7 year old son (well 7 in feb). I was an avid backcountry hiker until I became disabled. I was training my pack goat boy (buffalo bill) to be a pack goat for me so I could do long trips in the woods again. I also trained my girls for shorter day hikes (they are milking ladys, not hikers haha).

I started with two Nubian girls I raised since babies (they would be 3 years old this feb). Missy was my first and she was even crate trained, potty trained, and lived in the house. She was just like a pet dog and was greatly loved. She got quite lonely being a lone goaty so we bought her her very own pet, Diamond, her cousin. We got Diamond to keep Missy company and they were an inseperable pair. They were quite bonded.

January 31st and Febuary 3rd they had there first babies. Diamond first gave birth to 3 lovely babies. My dear friend and I were up all night guarding them from the cold out in the barn that first night. Soon after Missy had her two lovely babies. Again we were up with them, quite a bonding experance. Missy, soon after birth rejected Mr Buffalo Bill, choosing only her daughter Calamity Jane.

I bottle fed Mr Buffalo and he lived in the house. He thinks he is a dog for this reason, is perfectly leash trained and crate trained and LOVES going for car rides! He began his pack training right away and has been making great progress for his age. We had plans to hike the 2 week long wonderland trail (he would be allowed to hike it because he is helping midigate my disabilitys) together in 2007.

Fast forward in time To last Thursday morning (sep 1st) my son was rushed to the hospital for illness related to his disabilitys (for those medically smart he got lactic adidosis). We were discharged Saturday and coming home after dark I couldn’t find a puppy that was here on the farm. He was donated to be trained as a service dog (long story) but he wasn’t working out so I asked the owner to take him back and she agreed.

The 6 month old GSD somehow got into the pasture area and massicured my goats. He has been around them since he was 3 months old and never damaged them like this, I would never have guessed he would take it this far! The first thing we saw was Missy my first ever goat laying flat on her side quietly crying. She was horribly attacked and dying. We put her down emediatally as there was nothing I could do for her.

After that I turned my attention to Diamond (my other mamma goat). She was lying down but quiet and head up. Then I quickly realized she was badly hurt. She was cut up REAL bad and couldn’t stand. She was also freazing and in shock. We couldn’t pull up her temp with blankets. Those that know, know blankets radiate heet you give off and without any heet made there is nothing to warm the blanket, of course they stop wind too. We got her into my living room (yes it was a mess but worth trying to save her) and with towels rotating from the dryer and swaddling we pulled up her temp ( a maricle). I tended her wounds and was with her round the clock camping in my sleeping bag with her. If I left her side she cried and cried (she loved her people like we are part of the herd). I still remember how the penicillin ingections must have hurt, she cried and cried from them. They warned me it would hurt but I was still shocked. Despite round the clock treatment and wound clensings and care Diamond Passed Monday evening after a very long battle we hoped to win.

Missy’s Daughter, Calamity Jane was also very badly attacked but the woulds were all laserations. It looks like she was attacked with a razor all over her body. Hundreds of cuts (literally) all over her body. She came out of shock much better and is recovering and expected to make a “full” recovery. She will be one giant scar and at this point I don’t know if she wil ever be breedable or milkable. She is now my only living doe and most likely unable to do the things I need from her, breed and milk.

My son and I are both on disability with very small incomes so this was a huge blow. I was starting a goats milk soap side business with hopes to bring in a bit of money. They were dried off (no more milking) last month because my son was doing to much hospital time and my backup milker moved cross country. But I had plans on having them back in milk by January. Yes both my girls were pregnant when hey died. I use the milk for everything from milk drinking to yogert. It really helps stretch our food budget! I also sell the baby bucks they give me to cover there feed costs. So this has been a huge finantual blow!

Buffalo and the other little buck I hadn’t sold yet were also attacked but not as badly. Buffalo is recovering fine but I am now facing the reality he may never be able to pack. His leg was ingured and he has wounds all over his pack area that are making scars. Even if his leg heels I worry his skin will not allow him to wear a pack.

I really feel like someone stole the wind from my sails!!! I spent so much money trying to save my baby and she still died and to rub salt in the wounds the “renderer” wants $150 just to take them away and they resell my babys for dog food (how horrible is that for dog attack victims)!!!! The worst thing is that I allowed that animal on my land so it is my fault! Somehow it would have been easyer if a dog somehow dug under my fence and got them.

The dog was taken away the next morning so at least my living babys are alive despite looking like whipping boys! I am now basically at a stand still with my goats, it looks like I lost my packer, and my only remaining (future) milker.

I am sending the same message to both the lists and I’m sorry for the repeate. I don’t have the emotional energy to keep writing it over and over because it’s to sad. I am forwarding the same email to my two girl’s breeder. They are going to be heart broken to, they loved them to and came a number of times just to visit them. Missy was especially there favorite.

Everyone hug your babies and make sure there safe!!!!!!!

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