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Raising Goats Resources (Add to Your Goat IQ!)

Everything you need to know about raising goats.


raising goats

As with any animal, there are countless amounts of information to learn about goats. But what a delightful creature! Hardy and full of spunk, they provide companionship, milk products, and cute kids! Enjoy our Goat IQ: Raising Goats page!

Further down the page, you will find the complete list of all of our articles about raising goats.


Goat Health at a glance:

• Temperature: 102.5 – 104

• Pulse: 70-80 beats per minute

• Respiratory: 15-30 per minute

• Rumen movements (Stomach): 1-1.5 per minute

• Puberty: 7 weeks to 8 months. At weaning (2 months), separate the bucks from does

• Full Growth Size: Goats will continue to grow into their 3rd year

• Estrus/Heat Cycle: 17-23 days

• Gestation: 143-155 days

• Life Span:

• DOES: 11-12 years on average, death is usually kidding related. Does who retire from breeding, around the age of ten, live longer (16-18 years).  

• BUCKS: 8-10 years, the stresses of going into rut each year cause their life span to be shorter. 

WETHERS: 11-16 years on average.

Print off the information and hang in the goat barn!

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Goat Care while Raising Goats:

Shelters and Fencing

 I built these goat shelters for my goats, with the winter months especially kept in mind

Feeding

• This goat feeder is the feeder I built for our goats to minimize waste.

Health

• You can also read more about the health and care of goats below in our Raising Goats resources. 

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This is an ultra useful tool for any goat owner: 

The Busy Homesteader’s Goat Management Binder




In my years of goat ownership, I’ve realized one thing: I love my goats. I LOVE raising goats!

And the more I learn, the more I realize that there is always more to learn.

With that said, never let anyone shame you for not knowing all there is to know about raising goats. We all start somewhere. There is a lot to learn from reading AND from experience. And the combination of both will continue to make you a great goat owner.

The posts below will encourage you to learn all there is to know about how to prepare for goats, goat health, and caring for your goats through the ups and downs of all the issues that may arise.

raising goats

Even your most special wether needs proper nutrition to remain healthy. And sometimes issues can still arise with the best and most proper care available. And when the issues arise it can be very scary. Our Raising Goats resource page is now and will become more over time, a great place to learn about this information.

Years ago, I didn’t know about goat polio, but now I’ve had first-hand experience and have learned an incredible amount about the condition. I researched all I could and now combine that with my experience, which makes a complete picture. That’s how life works, even for you! You will read and learn and then experience.  All of that will grow you into a better goat owner. 

Raising goats is a really good investment if you are interested in a healthy source of milk products and potential income, which could at least pay for the cost of your goats for a year. 

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We offer an exclusive email series on being profitable on your property, which includes ideas for utilizing the different avenues of income from goats. Your next step would be to sign up here: 90 Ideas to Profit

And did I mention the love of goats? They will give you a beautiful relationship that will benefit your whole family! You will be invested in more ways than one. 


enjoy our “RAISING GOATS” posts below

How do I know my goat's weight? | Have you ever ask the question: How to weigh my goat? Here are four ways to weigh your goat and a FREE weight calculator will help you!

Weight Calculator for Goats: How to Weigh My Goat?

Inside: Have you ever ask the question: How to weigh my goat? Here are four ways to weigh your goat and ...
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Goat Care and goat feed. How much hay does a goat eat? Use this FREE Hay Cost Calculator to help you answer the question: how much hay do I need for my goat? This will help you make a plan and know how much hay to buy a year.

Hay Cost Calculator for Goats: How Much Hay Do I Need?

Inside: Do you know enough about goat feed? Use this FREE Hay Cost Calculator for Goats. How much hay do I ...
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Kidding kit Kidding kit for a goat birth. You need a well thought out kidding kit to make sure that you are prepared for anything. Usually goats can manage well on their own but when an issue arises, you will be glad you are prepared. A Life of Heritage

Kidding Kit: A Complete List for Goat Birth

Inside: You need a well thought out kidding kit for your goat birth to make sure that you are prepared for ...
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Ketosis in goats | Goat care | Goat care after kidding | Ketosis in goats: how to prevent this condition, the symptoms and the treatment. It is preventable and you can help your goat avoid it.

Ketosis in Goats: What is It and How to Prevent It?

Inside: Ketosis in goats: how to prevent this condition, the symptoms and the treatment. It is preventable and you can help ...
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Hypocalcemia in goats is very serious. It can be prevented and a goat owner should do everything in their power to give their goat everything needed to avoid it.

What is Hypocalcemia in Goats?

Inside: Hypocalcemia in goats is very serious. It can be prevented. A goat owner should do everything in their power to ...
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The CD&T vaccination for goats: should you give it? Learn what it means, what it's for and what can happen if you don't give it each year.

CD&T Vaccination for Goats: What is it?

Inside: The CD&T vaccination for goats: should you give it? Learn what it means, what it's for and what can happen ...
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Pregnancy Toxemia in Goats | How to care for a pregnant goat | Goat care | What is pregnancy toxemia? A pregnancy condition that can be avoided when a goat is given what it needs to be healthy.

What is Pregnancy Toxemia in Goats?

Inside: What is pregnancy toxemia in goats? A pregnancy condition that can be avoided when a goat is given what it ...
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You need to know the best goat care during pregnancy. Pregnant does have many needs to support optimal health. FREE goat due date calculator.

Easy Goat Due Date Calculator & Goat Care During Pregnancy

Inside: You need to know the best goat care during pregnancy. Pregnant does have many needs to support optimal health. You ...
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A homestead hack: a simple strip cup for milking. Would you love to have a simple, FREE alternative to a strip cup? We've got the solution!

Simple Strip Cup for Milking: A Homestead Hack

Inside: Would you love to have a simple, FREE alternative to a strip cup? We've got the solution for a simple ...
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Milking goats | Homemade milk filters | Goat Care | Homemade milk filters for the "just in case". You may run out at an inconvenient moment and would also be ready if there ever were a shortage of filters

Homemade Milk Filters Using a Bed Skirt

Inside: Homemade milk filters for the "just in case". You may run out at an inconvenient moment and would also be ...
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The benefits of raw milk are astounding. If your family members are milk drinkers, you will find it worth it to look into raw milk.

Benefits of Raw Milk That YOU Need!

Inside: The benefits of raw milk are astounding. If your family members are milk drinkers, you will find it worth it ...
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The Benefits of Goat Milk are Astounding. Truly. These 10 reasons are why you should look into drinking goat milk. Your body will thank you!

Astounding Benefits of Goat Milk!

Inside: The Benefits of Goat Milk are Astounding. Truly. These 10 reasons are why you should look into drinking goat milk ...
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A simple and effective pallet goat shelter that is large enough to hold more than two or three goats. It will keep off the rain, snow and cold!

Double Sized Pallet Goat Shelter

Inside: A simple and effective pallet goat shelter that is large enough to hold more than two or three goats. It ...
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Before bringing home your first goat: before your goats get settled, you can compile this list (and more) to keep your goats happy and healthy!

BEFORE Bringing Home Your First Goat

Inside: Before bringing home your first goat: before your goats get settled, you can compile this list (and more) to keep ...
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Milk Stand | Goats | Goat Care | How to Milk a Goat | There are many options for a milking stand and they are easy to build. I will share with you how I built mine to give you an idea of what may work for you.

How to Build a Pallet Milking Stand

Inside:  There are many options for a milking stand and they are easy to build. I will share with you ...
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Fencing for Goats: One of the four options may just be the perfect solution for you and your goats! Check out your options!

Fencing for Goats and Small Livestock

Inside: Fencing for Goats: One of the four options may just be the perfect solution for you and your goats! Check ...
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Pallet Fence | 6 reasons that I think a pallet fence makes the best fence for small livestock! Pictures and instructions included on how the pallet fence was built.

Pallet Fence: Great for small livestock

Inside: 6 reasons that I think a pallet fence makes the best fence for small livestock! Pictures and instructions included on ...
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A farm needs a goat. 5 reasons YOU need a goat. So, what are you waiting for?? Do you research, prepare your pens, find your goat and bring her home!

12 Reasons YOU Need A Goat

Inside: A farm needs a goat. 6 reasons YOU need a goat. So, what are you waiting for?? Do your ...
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Before owning Goats | 6 things I wish I had known before owning goats. Don't you agree with #5?? But does it stop us from owning them?? Nope! Once a goat lover, always one

What I Wish I Had Known Before Owning Goats

Inside: 9 things I wish I had known before owning goats. Don't you agree with #5?? But does it stop us ...
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FREE Basic Goat Health Information, Upkeep and Health Tracker Printable. Keep track of your goats information on a regular basis.

Basic Goat Health Information

Inside: FREE Basic Goat Health Information, Upkeep and Health Tracker Printable. Keep track of your goats information on a regular ...
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Having a goat feeder that wastes as little hay as possible is so important! Read more on How to Build a Goat Feeder Using Pallets

Goat Feeder Using Pallet Boards

Inside: Having a goat feeder that wastes as little hay as possible is so important! Read more on How to Build ...
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Goat House | How to build a goat house using pallets. An easy and cost effective way to use easy to find material to make great winter shelters for your goats.

Pallet Goat House

Inside: How to build a goat house using pallets. An easy and cost effective way to use easy to find material ...
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2015 Baby Announcement–NO Kidding!

Baby Announcement In our baby announcement, we announced our baby girl's coming arrival after our goats had their kids. 🙂 ...
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It can be easy to bring home a goat and feel like all will be well, always. I was there once. I had owned a few wethers for a handful of years and had never had any problems.

But when pregnant and lactating animals are present, there is a whole new set of things to think about and deal with. Ketosis really does happen. Goats are actually quite picky and do require a high nutritional diet. Pregnancy complications are a part of the deal. And sometimes kids are born with unknown issues. It can be heartbreaking and sometimes almost too much to bear.

raising goats

But it helps to be prepared with as much information as possible. We only own a few acres on the edge of a smaller town, so the quest to answer the question, “How to raise goats in my backyard?” is high on the list. And from my experience, goats start out as pets and then are being raised for profit…because, well…it’s easy to end up with too many goats and then your spouse insists that they need to start paying their own way…

Am I the only one…?

New to goats? Start here: 

6 Reasons Your Farm Needs A Goat

What I wish I had known before owning goats

BEFORE Bringing Home Your First Goat

Necessary for Raising Goats: 

Pallet Fence: Great for small livestock

Fencing for Goats and Small Livestock

Pallet Goat Shelter

Double Sized Pallet Goat Shelter

Goat Feeder Using Pallet Boards

General Goat Information: 

Basic Goat Health Information

Goat Feed: Hay Cost Calculator for GOATS

Weight Calculator for Goats

CD&T Vaccination for Goats: What is it?

Milking Goat Needs and Raw Milk Information: 

Benefits of Raw Milk That YOU Need!

Astounding Benefits of Goat Milk!

How to Build a Pallet Milking Stand

Homemade Milk Filters Using a Bed Skirt

Simple Strip Cup for Milking

Goat Care Pre and Post Pregnancy: 

Easy Goat Due Date Calculator & Goat Care During Pregnancy

What is pregnancy toxemia in goats?

Kidding Kit: A Complete List of What You Will Need for Kidding

Ketosis in Goats: What is It and How to Prevent It?

What is hypocalcemia in goats?


I’m filling you up with things to read in your quest for goat knowledge, I bet you would also enjoy reading these as well:
5 Goat Lessons I Learned the Hard Way, Goats for Dummies Cheat Sheet, Fun and Profit in Goats

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