Goats

lilosophieJune 18, 2012

Our current herd

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Harley, Princess, Shirley and Boots

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lilosophie

Harley and Pricess

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 1:54AM
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lilosophie

Boots and Shirley

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 1:56AM
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mawheel

I like your goats! Why does Shirley not have horns? Just not grown them, yet? (I'm assuming that all goats have horns, since "Princess" has them and is a female?) Are their personalities totally different?

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 7:34AM
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lilosophie

Shirley had her horns removed when she was little, some people do that. It usually is done with the milk goats of the larger breeds, because horns are really dangerous and they use them to push and pull, they are quite destructive.
Ours are fed in a little hut, which also gives them shelter from the weather. It lasted a long time when we had big goats without horns, these guys have "remodeled" it so it only has a roof and one intact side-wall, they are working on that one LOL

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 9:31AM
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mawheel

Lilo, thanks for responding; I plead to much ignorance about "farm life". I've been a "city girl" all my life. :>)

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 6:03PM
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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

But some people think goats....and cows are easier to handle with horns....something to grab and to tie a rope to.
And some sheep have horns.....

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 6:49PM
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west_gardener

Enjoy seeing the goat pics. I see plenty of green vegetation in their field. Do they feed on that in addition to what you feed them?

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 7:16PM
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lilosophie

Yes, Wrest Gardener, that's actually their job to keep this vegetation down, it has turned brown by now, but goats like coarse food, they really prefer branches and rough growth.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 10:09PM
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anneliese_32(6)

Love the pictures. I like goats, never had any but a neighbor had a goat herd and of course I had to visit there very often. I can attest to the fact that goats love to butt, got plenty of blue spots from them, they even will do it without horns.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 4:59PM
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lilosophie

That hornless Shirley will take on Harley and Boots and whack them in the side hard. And those boys have really formidable horns. Lots of it is the way they play, they think humans are wimps because they don't butt heads.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 6:34PM
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west_gardener

Come to think of it, the only time I've been around goats, was at the Children's Zoo at SF Zoo and they were baby goats. Our children were little and one of the goats started chewing or "gumming" our daughter's long hair, another started nibbling on one of the boys' jacket.
We started tucking in everything when we went there.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 7:44PM
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lilosophie

Yes, they are "mouthy"too, how would you investigate things without fingers and hands? That is actually why people think they eat everything, they are fussy eaters, but investigate everything with their mouth

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 12:06AM
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agnespuffin

I had to mention an ad in this morning's Lost and Found column.

LOST. one Goat.

It's not often we see an ad for a lost goat.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 12:14PM
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don_socal

Good looking bunch, glad they are there to keep you company. Many years ago when I was with my ex we had a 4h neighbor that kept Pigmy's, Nubians, sheep and chickens at our place as we had an acre and were zoned for it. They are a lot of fun and keep you on your toes.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 8:13PM
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maggiemaie

so how long does it take for goats to kid? think not for sure what breed she is any help would be greatful

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 10:14PM
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calliope(6)

And some goats are just naturally polled......genetically they just don't have horns. If you're going to have goats around little kids, I'd prefer them to be polled. They swing their heads around a lot and children just naturally gravitate to a goat and can get injured even when the goat isn't aggressive. One of my earlier childhood memories was visiting our aunt in Texas and they had a nanny and a billy. The billy was mean and used to stand outside the outhouse and dare us to exit. BTW, I had to pull a goat out of my car the other day. Had the door open to get my purse and she just got in and sat down. LOL.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 11:16PM
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oscarthecat(z7MD)

Remamber goat by any other name is still cabrito.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2012 at 11:31AM
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calliope(6)

LOL, I think the outhouse goat ended up cabrito. I know the mean rooster ended up in a pot of noodles.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 12:40AM
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