Good Morning Homesteaders!
Today was goat maintenance day! Everybody got their CDT shot and a copper bolus. This week I will do slides to see if they have a high worm load and then treat as necessary. Goats are portrayed in cartoons and other media as hardy animals that eat cans and are a general nuisance on the farm. However, goats are not hardy animals and take a great deal of maintenance. Their hooves need to be trimmed every three months or so unless they are on a hard surface that wears them down. I have seen pictures of overgrown hooves that make you wonder how the poor goat can still walk. They can get pink eye, pneumonia, bottle jaw, coccidiosis, lice, parasites…..the list goes on and on. Needless to say goats are not a one and done animals. They need constant observation to ensure that are healthy. Although they can be a handful, I love my sweet goats and having them has made me a more observant homesteader.
Have a great day!