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site provides a multitude of information on the care
and keeping of dairy goats, with an emphasis on a natural and humane approach. These pages contain information on all aspects of goat raising and goat care including: health & husbandry, feeding, medications, wormers & worming, natural, herbal & holistic health care, breeding, kidding, milking, behavior, how-to instructions, free downloads, and much more.
This web site is intended to aid the reader in the care and keeping
of dairy goats. In my methods, I emphasize natural & holistic health care
and treat our animals with the love, dignity and the respect
This site is dedicated to all those who want to learn how to raise your goats in a loving and humane manner. This is my gift of "metta" (loving kindness, compassion and friendship) to you
information presented here reflects the way I do things . There are as many ways to raise goats as there are people who
own goats. It is helpful to know how others do things, and with this
knowledge you can then develop your own way of raising goats that works
best for you and your own situation.
In loving memory of Goldie,
matriarch of our herd, wonderful friend, and the most extraordinary animal I will ever have the honor to have known.
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raise full size Dairy Goats; this what I know and what this site is
geared to. You may have to adjust the provided information according
to the type of goat you raise (i.e. Pygmies, Nigerians, etc.). My main
goat focus is to raise healthy, friendly goats
as family milk producers, pets and companions.
Goat Care Information, Health & Husbandry
and Assorted Other Tibits by Molly Nolte
continually write articles and update this site as time permits.
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The very first thing we always recommend to goatkeepers (new and old) is... get a book! More than one if you can.
The more you learn, the better off you and your goats will be.
I have compiled the following list of
useful and informative books for your convenience.
Goat Health Information
Temperature = 102.5 - 104 - This varies depending on the temperature of the goat's surroundings.
Pulse rate = 70 - 80 beats per minute
Respiration =15 to 30 per minute
Rumen (stomach) movements = 1 - 1.5 per minute
7 weeks - 8 months (separate bucks from does at 2 month)
Estrus/Heat Cycle = 17 to 23 days
Gestation = 143 to 155 days
Does = 11-12 years average age, but...
the death in does is kidding related. Does that
are "retired" from
age 10 live longer: 16-18 years (and I just recently
found a doe who was 24; she was retired from kidding
at age 10).
Wethers = 11-16 years average age
Bucks = 8-10 average age - bucks usually live shorter
lives than does and wethers due to the stresses of going
into rut each year.
Full growth size: Most goats
do not reach their full size until they are about three years
of age. (They keep growing for about three years)
kids- If you've been told you must bottle raise to get
friendly kids, this is not necessarily true. We do not bottle raise
and our goats couldn't be more friendly and loving. Here's how we
Wattles- What are those fleshy, furry, hangy down things that some goats have on their necks? They are called wattles. Wattles are merely "goat jewelry". Some goats have them, some do not. They serve no real purpose but adornment.
Worms & Wormers- You
have to worm your goats. Here is the info you need to know.
Article:Worms: Misdirected Hysteria?, By Sue Reith
Article: Comparing Alternatives for Controlling Internal Parasites in
Herbal vs. Chemical, By Crissy Orr
Vacation? - What about getting away from the farm for the weekend or taking a vacation.
Chart- Estimate your dairy goats weight by using a measuring
Care & Health issues
DOES (adult females)
KIDDING (having babies)
Does should NEVER be housed with bucks.If you "run"
does and bucks together, you will never know when to expect kids, you
won't be able to prepare for the kids, and you will risk loosing them.
Kidding Photos & Related Photo Albums- These pages give you a idea of what typical, and non typical, goat births (kiddings) may look like. Also photos of kidding and birth related stuff such as placentas, impending kidding "goo", etc..
Taste- Properly handled goat milk is sweet, delicious and wonderful, tasting just like whole milk from the grocery store (if not better). It should not be bitter, bad tasting or "bucky". If your goat's milk is "off" there must be a reason. Here are reasons the goat's milk may not be tasting correct.
is my other web site providing information on natural practices and
the use of herbs, herbal formulas & natural supplements used in
the holistic care of your dogs, cats, goats, horses, other pets &
These are my personal herbal formulas and treatments that I have developed to use as part
of the holistic natural care I give my own animals. Sales from the Molly's Herbals site help support the Fias Co Farm web site.
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other goat breeders and/or the veterinary community. We are not veterinarians
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