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Goats say "maaa"
Goat kids will follow you around like a dog if you bottle feed them. One of the first animals we raised were goats. The kids had so much fun having the goat follow them everywhere. They are a curious animal - poking their nose into whatever you are doing.
Kids love to help milk goats.
Goats do not like to be out in bad weather. They especially hate getting wet. Our goats will put their heads in the barn, or under an overhang and think they are out of the rain... as long as their head is dry they are happy!
Goats each have their own personalities... although the type of breed does dictate a few traits, each goat is different.
Goats love to climb - they climb our woodpile, get on our porch at night, and have even gotten on top of our car (much to my husband's dismay)
Goat milk is used for human consumption. In fact, more people in the world drink goat milk than cow milk, although in the US the opposite is true. Goat milk is similar nutritionally to cow milk, but it contains smaller fat globules and as a consequence it is easier for some people to digest and it does not require homogenization.
Goat milk is also used to feed many other animals. Usually, they are bottle feed, but goats will fairly easily adopt young ones. We had one goat feed piglets, until they became so obnoxious that the goat had to climb on the wood pile to get away from them... but it was funny to see the piglets chase after her and then squeal in frustration as she looked down at them from her perch.
We have used goats milk to bottle feed piglets, bunnies, raccoons and skunks. We have found that goats milk is pretty universal for our baby animals - exotic or domestic.
Most goats are bred in the fall for Spring babies. So, if you are interested in finding a baby goat, the Spring is the best time. If you plan on bottle feeding them, make sure the breeder shows you the correct way to hold the bottle, how much to give and what to do if there are problems... and be prepared to feed the baby 4 times a day to start out with.
Age Amount Times per day
1 - 2 days ½ - 3/4 cup 4
3 - 7 days 1-1 ¼ cup 3
2 - 6 weeks 2- 2 ¼ cups 2
6 - 8 weeks 2 ½- 3 cups 2
8 - 12 weeks Weaning time for most goats, except Angoras at 4 months.
Wean by introducing alfalfa and grass hay into the diet gradually, starting at 1 week of age. Introduce pasture at 4 weeks of age.
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