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A Beginner's Guide to Caring for Goats

Your goats need the bulk of their diet to become naturally rich in bushes, woody plants, hay, bark, and more. The shortness of food they most likely will not provide them with all the nutrients they need to maintain good health. You may need to supplement their diet with coarse grains such as goat feed, corn, or other good grain products.

If you give your goat a diet of almost all cereals they will develop a deadly kidney problem. They may also feel bloated stomachs or become obese. Goats must have a balanced diet that contains between 75% and 80% of their food intake from the plant's natural plant.

You may have heard that a goat can eat anything, or a goat will eat anything. This isn't right. Many natural plants can make your animal very sick, or in some cases can cause premature death for the animal. A plant that will make your goat sick.

• Hemlock

• Wild cherries

• Azalea

• Black walnut

• Rhododendron

• Laurel Valley and Mount Laurel

• Juniper

• Ponderosa Pine

• Yew

• Mesquite Pods

Keep plenty of fresh water for your animals at all times. The amount of water they need will change depending on the moisture content in the food they eat. In the winter months if you live in an area where temperatures are below freezing for a long time you will want to get a sink heater to put in the water container so that the water does not freeze solid.

Shelters are a must for your animals. They need a dry place where they can get out of the rain, and where they can sleep without the dew falling on them. Their protection should give them a way to escape the cold winds that blow in the winter, and provide them with protection from natural predators.

Most goat owners place a thick layer of hay or straw in their shelter so that their animals will have adequate protection against the cold and moisture of the soil. You can put wooden floors in your shelter if you choose.

The large dog house is also a good place for a goat. Animals will enter the structure and they will climb the structure as well. Many owners buy small igloo puppies and put them in their enclosures so that their small animals can enter them.

You need to learn to reduce your goat's nails. You can put rocks or concrete blocks in pens with animals to help them naturally maintain their nails, but from time to time you need to spread their nails and reduce excess.

Good fence

You need to put up a fence that the animal can't squeeze and can't lift to go down. Goats are known for sticking their heads through fences and often have their horns on the fence.

You need a strong fence with a secure door to load the animal. They will often push against the fence as they scratch their sides on the fence so that your fence material is secured to the fence very important.

Signs that Your Goat Is Sick

No matter how well you take care of your animals, there will be times when they will get sick. The best way to determine if you have a sick animal is to pay attention to their normal behavior. Then when one of the animals starts acting differently than they usually do, you'll notice the difference.

Some of the symptoms of goat disease are:

• When they do not chew them

• When they refuse to get up

• When they are not eating normally

• When they are solid or liquid they are not in the pellets as they should be

• Walking and crying more than usual

• They stop drinking

• They start brushing their teeth

• They have drowning

• They are shocked

• Their udders are hot to the touch

• They cough

• Their eyelids or gums are ale colored

• They have a runny nose

They have great personality and will keep you entertained for hours. They will help protect the property from shrubs and weeds, and young people will bring a fair price when you sell it. Taking care of animals is not easy to do, and the rewards outweigh any problems raised by care.



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