Post by futuregoatmama on Jun 22, 2015 7:44:12 GMT -5
I'm getting 3 baby pygmy goats next spring.
I know that wet environments kind of are the perfect environment for worms. I live in northern maine, and the weather is spontaneous, how do i keep them from eating the wet grass? Can goats eat greek yogurt? Greek Yogurt is good for probiotics.
The best thing you can do is research goat care and housing to provide the best environment you can for your goats. Since you aren't getting them until spring, you at least have the advantage of researching BEFORE you get them. So many seem to do it the other way around.
As far as keeping them from eating wet grass, other than not letting them on wet pasture, I am not really sure how you would do this. Providing them good hay will help since they have a choice then of the hay or the grass. Feeding them hay in the barn before letting them out on the pasture will help a lot as they won't be as hungry when they are turned out into the pasture area.
Yogurt is fine for goats. Some like it and some do not, but it is good for them. You can also purchase probiotic products that are mixed into the feed.
Most people deworm more than once a year. How often will depend a lot on feeding routines. Feeding hay and feed off of the ground from feeders that they cannot climb in/walk on and can be cleaned frequently helps prevent worm infestations. Grazing can contribute to more frequent deworming since parasites can be ingested from the plants and soil.
My goats did not have adequate pasture and always had hay 24/7. I fed their hay from feeders in the barn and the barn was open for them to go in and out of all day long since they had no other shelter in the pen when it rained. They also would go in the barn to get out of the sun when it was really hot in the summer sun.