The Hearty Homestead

 

Birthing Goat Kids

Every time one of our goats gives birth for the first time it serves as a transition for how we see our goat. Our little girls become big girls and I tend to get emotional about the whole thing. It changes and deepens the relationship, seeing her care for her babies, showing an instinctual side that we’ve never witnessed. It’s very beautiful.

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Preparing the Kidding Stall - Part 2

Cleaning the Area

Clean the stall removing all soiled bedding. The floor of our stalls are cement so we mop with a diluted bleach solution and soapy water. We use a pine pelleted bedding to absorb any moisture, and then apply a fresh, thick layer of clean straw.

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Preparing the Kidding Stall - Part 1

At our farm, we try to do all that we can to ensure a calm and healthy environment for our does to kid. Certainly, goats can give birth in all sorts of conditions, but if we can do something to make it easier or more successful, we try.

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Goats: Caring for Pregnant Does - Part 2

 

Nutrition

Pregnant does and does in milk need different nutrition than young does, bucks and wethers. Protein plays an important roll in the health of a doe. There are different ways you can increase protein levels in your feed. One way is to include alfalfa hay into their diet. We also like to increase the grain ration by 25%. We do this slowly and include a probiotic and access to baking soda to help keep balance in the rumen. You can also supplement the grain mix with sunflower seeds or beet pulp pellets. Sunflower seeds are especially healthy for fiber producing goats.

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