These are just some of the mistakes I made when I purchased my first couple of goats. This is my journey and I do have some tips to help people who are on the fence about getting a couple. Yes you have to buy more than one, they are herd animals, they need a friend or two.Not long after I posted the notice on facebook that I wanted a baby goat to raise.
A nice lady that lived close contacted me that she had a momma and baby that she would sell and some hay too, Bonus! We could get everything we needed all in one stop! I was so excited and they were kinda tame although I couldn’t get near the baby for weeks. That was disappointing. I think that’s why so many people want to bottle feed, to make them super tame.
All was fine, we just had a couple dog houses for them to sleep in and later on build them a bigger place to stay but they didn’t like it. After all that work making them a nice shed that was off the ground, they slept in the old dog house and under the new shed. Go figure!
Benefits Of Having Goats
First I’m not going to lie. There are many benefits of having goats on a homestead. I’m just going to give you a small list of reasons why you might want to get goats on your farm and then you can read my mistake list to help you make your own mind up if you want to get them or not.
- Goats are mostly great around kids.
- Perfect 4-H project for the kids to work with and learn about taking care of.
- Goats are very entertaining and fun to watch and play with.
- They will clean out a heavy thick brush with thorns out of your woods or fields.
- They have been known to be very protective of their property, alerting and protecting from animal intruders. Say for you chicken coop.
- They poop a lot and that is great fertilizer for your garden. It’s easy to clean up and add to the compost pile.
- They are cute as heck!
- They talk to you, and you can pretty much tell what they are saying. Mine little one in the picture would say “Haaaaaay”. 🙂
10 Mistakes I Made With My Goats
I’ll just give you a run down on what I did wrong with my goats and hopefully help you be more prepared than I was when I bought my goats. Don’t judge me.
1.Over feed them. I fed them, hubby fed them. Should have only one person taking care of them, not both of us.
2.Give them what kind of mineral? That always confused me.
3.Brought home a 6 week old Baby and put him in the same cage with my Momma goat and her baby. NOPE! She tried to kill him. The little guy had to stay in a dog kennel all night until the next morning when we added fencing in the pouring rain, fun times!
4.No proper place to store enough hay to feed the goats over the winter. Ended up buying hay from the feed store in town and then late in the winter the hay was moldy from rain, so we had to track down some hay from far away. No one bales square bales anymore around us as they can’t get any help bringing in the hay from the field, they all do round bales that they bale by themselves. We didn’t need nor want a big round bale of hay. Those suckers are big!
5.Didn’t realize how hard it was going to be to cut trim the hooves, but if you do get these, they work Great!
6.Didn’t really know when to worm them and was getting mixed messages from everyone we asked. Some said do it, some said don’t unless the vet said to give them some. “Check their eyes” someone said, really they look fine to me, we didn’t give them any wormer that year we had the goats.
7.We wasted a bunch of our hard to find hay, if it falls on the ground the goats won’t eat it. Until we bought THIS!
8. We put the goats in a lot with mature cedar trees, great shaded place that we used to have a couple old dogs. The fence was great and we thought they would love it. Oh they did and they stripped all the trees of their bark, we lost many trees before we sold the goats.
10. Not understanding that goats don’t share and my little baby goat wasn’t getting enough food, unless I stood over him until he was finished eating.
TIP: I found this on pinterest, great idea if you have more than a couple goats. I wish I would have had this for my three goats.
Happy Goat hunting or not,