How to make your goats friendly
Growing vegetables and fruits in our backyards, canning to preserve fresh food for later, cooking from scratch and raising small flocks of backyard chickens are coming back into vogue in a big way. Adorable, fuzzy, playful, impossibly small goats! Even I have been moved to consider owning backyard goats and I am normally a very sensible person. But I wanted to know — exactly how do people decide if backyard goats are right for them?SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Goats As Pets - Everything you need to know to get a goat
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How to tame a goat
I learned very early on that goats are comical, smart, loving, determined and very stubborn. When I first got my goats I was as green as could be and I had absolutely no clue where to start. As usual, winging it was my first course of action. Some goat breeds are easy to train and others…well not so much. I remember that first day I was to milk my very first goat.
Hubs made me a beautiful milk stand. I watched a zillion YouTube videos on how to milk goats and sheep. I even went to a farm and had a sweet Amish farmhand give me a milking lesson. Once in the barn, I set everything up and went to get my doe, Oleo. I took her by the collar and lead her to the milk stand.
She came willingly enough but once there she took one look at that stand and took off the other way! She then proceeded to do a very impressive Irish tap dance all over the place spilling milk and making a rather large mess in the process. I left that morning dejected with only a cup of milk to show for all my efforts. I learned a very important lesson that day. I needed to figure out how to train my goats to listen and work with me…not against me.
Before I dive in there I just want to say. If you have an aggressive goat, a wild goat meaning not people friendly , or just an all-around mean goat, this system may not work for you and your situation. Sometimes hard decisions need to be made. If you have tried everything and you find your goat is still uncontrollable you may need to make some hard decisions. Owning goats especially a family goat for a homestead or backyard farm should be pleasant and rewarding. Not all animals fit all families.
Once you know what you need to do the how is easy. Lead your goats where you want them to go and reward them with their feed ration of grain or with a couple of treats. You literally only need to do this a few times and they will quickly learn where to go even without being led!
Ninja tip: Always lead a goat, do NOT pull. A goat will quickly put on the brakes if being pulled anywhere. If leading does not work, gently push from behind instead. You will get much better results with a push rather than a pull. I have come a long way since that first milking fiasco. Now before I begin milking a new goat I will do test runs a week or two in advance to acclimate her and myself to our new routine.
If you have a trust bond already established, this will not take very long at all. Just remember it is important to be patient and flexible. When you train your goats never force your goats to do anything. First, you will damage the trust bond you are trying hard to establish and second you will not get the results you are hoping for. If you have a goat that is simply misbehaving. Take a deep breath and try again. If you are still having problems, remove the goat from the stand and try again later when you have both calmed down.
Fast-forward to two years later. Now I have a doe that is terrified of anything new. She was due to deliver for the first time in a month and I was planning on milking her at 2 weeks after kidding. I also knew that with her skittish tendencies I was not going to attempt to train her to jump onto the milk stand pregnant so I chose to wait until after she kidded.
Most of my goats can be trained in a few days, Wren, I knew, would take much longer. Knowing this going in helped to keep me calm and gentle when we trained. Prior to her kidding, every time I went to the barn I would touch her udder.
At first she would kick and run, but eventually, she stayed still and let me touch and actually massage her udder. This gave her time to adjust to motherhood and bond with her baby. I put her feed bowl on the stand so she would begin to associate the stand with food.
After just a couple of days, I was able to get her to jump up on the stand and lock her in. I continued to feed her there every feeding for several days. Since I was not yet milking her I would instead use this time for much-needed maintenance on her coat and hooves.
Hubs made this milk stand for me and I absolutely love it. You can see just how to build one here for or purchase a stand already made like this one. Even after all of this, Wren would still kick every so often, so I finally began using goat hobbles like these and I must say they work amazingly well. If you are new to goat hobbles they are basically a canvas strap that loops around the does legs ABOVE the knee and are held together with velcro.
I have been milking Wren for 3 seasons now and she has become my milking rock star! Here is a video of what you can do when you train your goats. It is a little chaotic but you get the picture. You can literally teach your goats to do anything, even a feeding regimen that is more like a do-si-do at a square dance! It is so important to remember with goats that patience and food is the key to a trusting and loving relationship. Follow these tips and you too can easily train your goats. Hi there, my name is Tracy and I am a city girl gone country.
I am a redneck frugal living goat owner and I am working everyday towards living a more simple life. Now I am teaching others how to do the same. From growing their own food, making their own cleaning supplies, cutting back, and paring down. Contact me. Love your videos. We need to build a new goat barn and I like yours. Could you send me a picture of the inside with stalls.
Just trying to get ideas. Hi, Dot! Yes, I absolutely will. We were going to build a barn when I first got started in goats but instead converted our storage shed into a small goat barn and it evolved from there. Tracy Lynn. Hi Tracy Lynn, Is there a way you could send me the set up too? I was just admiring your stalls and saw this comment!
I watched your feeding video. Can you give me tips on how you accomplished this? We have a weathered male Nubian who is aggressive towards the other goats that are all dwarf breeds.
Hi, Alison, An aggressive goat is a bit of a different situation. I have two aggressive goats and the easiest way for me is to feed them separately. I put then in an area by themselves so they can eat and the other goats can eat without issue.
If you have an area to put them that may be your best best. Another idea is to tether them to a tree or wood beam to feed them. The I train my goats is with food. I do not use treats. If they know that grain is at the end destination they usually learn quite quickly to do what is asked of them. If your buck realizes that food is at the end destination he should go willingly. It may take several attempts but in my experience, this usually eventually works. I hope this helps a bit!
Oh, goodness, no I have not been told this before Marcia! Could you please add me to your emails so I can get the link to your information. About 5 yrs old now and will nearly run me over when they hear the can open and I come down with the food. Thanks, Joe. Hi, Joe! Your comment made me smile since I am getting ready to create a new feed routine for my overly zealous herd of goats.
They are getting a bit too rowdy when I go into the main stall to feed and before babies start coming I know I need to fix this and quick. I am going to lead feed my goats and I hope this will fix the issue on my end and may just be a fix for you as well. Lead feeding is when you connect a goat to a lead that is attached to the wall.
The trick is teaching the goats to approach their lead and eat with manners.
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How to Attract a Goat
Our smallest stalls back then were 10 x 10, so I put two does in there, and I started by simply going in there and just sitting with them. Goats are curious creatures and will want to check you out at some point. You could just take your phone and check email or something like that. Just hangout for at least 15 minutes a couple of times a day. After a couple of days, go in there with a pan of grain or alfalfa pellets, although the grain might be more tempting to them. Set it on the ground about a foot in front of you.
If you're a farmer or just want to raise goats , sooner or later you may have baby goats to care for particularly if you're raising them for milking. Providing a baby goat, or a "kid," with the right care, such as managing the birth, learning what to feed it, and how to maintain its shelter, is critical to help it grow into a healthy, hearty adult goat. Immediately after the baby goat is born, you should be present. This helps the baby goat imprint on you so it starts to get accustomed to human contact. There are three main actions to take after its birth:.
Why do you want to get goats? This is the first question we ask people who want to buy goats from us, and this is the most important thing to ask yourself before you get your goats. The answer to this question will help you decide which type of goat that would be suit your needs and which sex would be best for you. First, you need to know that goats are not lawnmowers with legs.
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