Mini Goats

How (Not) to Make a Goat Fence

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

Ivory’s Totally Secure Goat Fence 1.  Put up worthless chicken fence. 2.  Get sick of it and tear it down, vowing to put up a new one so the monsters won’t kill your garden and fruit trees. 3.  Fail. 4.  Borrow MIL’s boss’s brother’s manual transmission, diesel, 16-ft flatbed with a lift and drive 20 […]

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5 Ways Goats Do Yardwork

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

I had no idea that if you didn’t give goats grain ‘feed’ every day–they’d mow!  (BTW, I’ve already gone back and changed the goat feeding post to reflect my corrected understanding…I’ve been wrong a lot lately, huh?)  Apparently, as long as there’s plenty of GREENERY around, they make do. Here’s the drill: 1.  They suck […]

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How to Buy Goat Bedding

by Daisy Barnyard

Goats don’t ask for much. A roof over their heads and some bedding on the ground. Unlike dogs, they feel no need to come in at night and sleep soundly until morning. For bedding, I suggest straw. Cheap, fluffy, and makes great mulch or compost after it’s all peed upon. However, you do need to […]

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How to Feed A Goat

by Daisy Barnyard

Before I get to the feeding part…Guess who gets to keep her goats???? ME! Feeding a goat in your yard requires two things: Fiber and Feed 1) FIBER–always available, never let them run out. Keep lots of hay (~$6 a bale, lasts long time) around to make sure they get enough fiber. However, if you […]

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Hay and Straw: What’s the Difference?

by Daisy Barnyard

On the left you have straw. On the right you have hay. Can you see it? Hay is greenish, dried grass. Straw is what’s left over once grain is harvested. One has plenty of nutrients, one doesn’t. There in lies the lesson. If you are FEEDING an animal, get hay. If you are mulching, making […]

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