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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Say AAAWWWWWW

Vetting and grooming

Not a lot to tell you on this one. I maintain my small but growing herd with quality feed. This is the best prevention.

Worm any new goat you bring it. Worm everyone at the same time. I am not recommending any wormers, this is a to each there own, be it natural or not.

Lice are a big issue with goats. You need to dust them each spring.

I don't debud, if you have a post on how to remove horns, please leave a link in comments for my readers. I don't do this because horns are useful. You can grab them, and they can defend themselves. Horned goats tend to run, turn and defend. While hornless goats merely run. to debud or not to debud is a personal question.

Talk to your vet about banding your bucks. I have seen and heard some nasty things about this process. And it should be done by 1 month of age.

Toenails, need to be filed once a month. Keeping a playground of large rocks helps with hoof growth.

Dog attacks. Prevention is key, but if it happens (and it is common) Monica of The Dancing Farmer, has a great article over on Not Dabbling in Normal. Dog Attack Part 1 and Dog Attack Part 2

Shots are another personal choice. I see nothing wrong with infant vaccinations. I have issues with the over use of anti-biotic.

4 comments:

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Again the term 'Sycophant' rings in my melon...

Amanda said...

Good comment about the over use of antibiotics. Daisy has made great progress the last 2 days on penicillen, I think in part because she has never been on it before, so no resistent. Now, since I am new to this, let me introduce myself. My name is Amanda, I am a 34 yo working mother of three and and a large assortment of critters. I have never followed a blog or posted to one, until I cried to Phelan for help a few days ago with a question about the goat and layer mash, so please be patient, and laugh often, as I learn the ropes!

Celeste said...

Reminds me that I need to put my brick pile in the pasture for my goat. He is wild so I cannot trim him or anything. dang thing has a collar on I cannot get off of him.

Phelan said...

Cygnus, I am confused. I am not a servile. So why does this keep coming up?

Amanda, welcome. I am glad to her Daisy is responding well.

Celeste, good luck!

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