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Old 04-06-2007, 02:09 PM  
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Do goats need salt licks as well?

I was wondering? Do goats need salt licks?
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:14 PM  
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We give our goats free choice loose minerals and all the baking soda they can lick. There is a mineral/salt block in the pasture for the pony, and they lick it sometimes, but they really prefer the loose minerals.
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:16 PM  
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Loose minerals???? Where would you get that. I have mineral the horse gets, is that the same?
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:20 PM  
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We get ours from the feed store. It comes in a 40 lb. bag for about $12. It's designed for goats. I just keep it in a short feed pan, sort of by the water. They like them pretty fresh (as well as the baking soda) so I put out about a cup, and replenish as needed...

I just looked, it's called "Goat Power"...
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Just take a big old screwdriver and hammer and break small chips off the mineral lick. Goats love to crunch on this.
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:28 PM  
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This is little off the topic but still goat related. If I have a bucket of water on the ground, could they drown? Or will it just get dirty?
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:30 PM  
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Why the baking soda (as you can tell, I know nothing about goats - but hope to own one some day...)
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:37 PM  
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I found this at TSC.

Will this do?
http://mytscstore.com/detail.asp?pcI...du ctID=15979
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:42 PM  
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If you get a sheep/goat block, make sure your horses don't get to it! It'll give them the runs...

Gbarm, the baking soda is like an antacid for the goats... They are, essentially, big gas bags, as they process their food. They can get too gassy (bloat) and become sick. They will eat the baking soda as needed to keep their systems running smoothly...
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:52 PM  
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What food do you feed?

Also, off topic again. What age do you think would be good for me. I'm basically going to take care of her and the HUMAN kids are just going to play with her
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Old 04-06-2007, 03:32 PM  
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There will be varying opinions on feed... We used to buy "goat feed", but have switched to a basic all stock feed. When we start milking, we'll put our milkers on a sweet feed. They seem to do well on the all stock. They can do well on horse feed too. I don't know how much to feed with the horse feed.

I would look for a doe or wether that was bottle fed. They'll be "in your pocket" or lap goats, and love your attention. Our milking does were both bottle babies, and I'm pretty sure they think they're people. They'll leave the herd to come be with us. I've heard that wethers keep their "kid-like" behavior as well, which could be entertaining!

I'm defintiely not a goat expert, just a hobbiest. But, I have become a big fan, and am learning more and more every day...
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I'm not nearly as knowledgable as Promise Ranch, still new to this.

I have a goat block out for mine, and I feed Purina Goat Chow, plus a timothy/grass mix hay.

My doe had triplets this morning, so I have her eating a couple of alfalfa cubes to give her a boost after delivery.

Cinderella is an older experienced mother, but very sweet. My other adult goat was likely a bottle baby, as she is completely rotten!

The other baby we have was a bottle baby that we got from a breeder.

So far, like Promise Ranch, all of mine think they are human.
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Old 04-06-2007, 04:17 PM  
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I think a lot depends on the breed. My Boers have always tamed up very nicely, bottle fed or not. My pygmies...not so much. If you buy from a reputable person, you can always go out with the herd and check it out.

I feed mine horse feed and they've always done very well on it. I supplement with alfalfa for the does when they are pregnant and when they are lactating. Let me say, pelleted horse feed. Larger grain types can sometimes cause a goat to choke, especially ones that bolt their food.

I also use a trace mineral block, same as for the horses. Mine do fine and do love to crunch on it. I tried a goat block once.

I've never had a problem with bloat until recently. Apparently Nubians are not as hardy and more prone to some typical goat problems than my other breeds! So, I do occassionally, when it's not going to rain or blow away, throw some baking soda out there.

You definitely want a doe or a wether for a family pet. Stay away from the billies!
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Yeah, I was looking into a Nigerian dwarf or Pygmy
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I would suggest a bottle fed pygmy, then. Even my young pygmies never truly tamed up.
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Old 04-06-2007, 04:49 PM  
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In the paper there are bottle fed Nigerians dwarfs but no pygmy's yet. I really have my heart set on Pygmy's, so I'll wait.
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