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We’ve talked about the pros and cons of keeping goats, but there are a few tips I can give you so you don’t have to learn some things by way of surprise. By knowing these things now, you won’t be shocked when they happen later. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you keep goats on your farm.

They Like To Have Company

I may have mentioned this before but I’ll tell you again: goats like to stay in herds so you should never keep a lone goat. Being with other goats allow them to feel safe and protected, even though there’s no real harm. Goats are fairly social animals so it can greatly affect their mental health when you decide to keep just one on the farm without any company.

They Get Distressed Easily

When you first bring them onto a farm, your goats will get distressed easily, even when you think that there’s no problem. That’s why you should make things as convenient for them as possible; place their food and water within reach and don’t keep any obstacles in the fence. Never bind them to a post because that can affect their health. Instead, stick to good fencing and let them roam free in it.

Be Careful With Billy Goats

When you see your Billy goats in a rut, you should be careful to leave them be since they’re very dangerous in such a situation. In addition, if you want to avoid a rut, you should think twice about keeping Billy goats on your farm in the first place. For breeding, you can always borrow bucks from neighboring farmers and communities when they’re needed.

Never Underestimate the Importance of Good Fencing

During the first couple of weeks, goats may appear as the most innocent creatures you’ve seen but this is far from the truth. They’re very active so they love to roam around and explore new areas. For this reason, I always tell farmers that you shouldn’t buy goats before you’ve built a proper fence that keeps them inside.

Make sure that it’s tall enough since they can easily jump over short fences and that it doesn’t have holes, goats have a strange ability to figure out how latches work. Because of this, they can open fence doors with their tongues. If you’re not sure how to set up proper fencing, don’t risk doing a DIY since goats can easily knock down weak fences. Instead, call in a professional to do it.

Your Goat Isn’t ‘Fat’

You shouldn’t cut down on your goat’s feed just because it appears to be pot-bellied. Goats are ruminants so a bigger rumen doesn’t necessarily mean they are getting fat, it could simply indicate good digestion. As long as they’re running and exercising well you shouldn’t be worried.

When you keep these things in mind, you’ll know how to react and prepare yourself for keeping goats on the farm. They are much easier to handle once you’ve experienced a couple of firsts, but I can’t guarantee that they won’t give you a hard time. Happy Farming!

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Critter Control: Tips To Keep Your Home Safe This Winter

If the sound of tiny footsteps is keeping you awake at night, your home might have a few unwanted guests. From mice to squirrels and bats to pigeons, wild animals need to find a warm place to call home so they can survive the harshness of winter weather. You can use the following tips to keep your house free of uninvited furry and feathered creatures.

Close Up Openings

Don’t make it easy for wildlife to enter your home. Now is the time to seal window openings and board up attic vents with sturdy screening. Take a walk around your home and outbuildings o identify any problems, make a list, and gather the supplies you need before you begin to remedy these problems. Even if you aren’t actively using a chimney or dryer vent, you might want to consider having a screen placed over top of it to prevent wild birds and animals from entering your home through it.

Secure Your Gutters

Weak spots in your gutters could be an indication of a larger problem. It is possible that water damage is loosening the gutter, causing it to pull away from your home. If this is the case, you might also have structural damage in the walls or roof. Take the time to investigate the situation and make any repairs that are necessary.

Remove Debris

Wildlife typically looks for quiet, uninhabited spots to call home, which is why they burrow beneath your porch, climb into your attic, or tunnel underneath a shed. If you want to keep them out, you need to eliminate anything that might make these places more attractive to animals. Clean up yard debris and unwanted items several times a year to discourage wildlife pests from moving ono your property.

Clean Up after Your Pets Promptly

If you have pets, you should clean up after they are finished eating to avoid tempting other animals to enjoy their leftovers. Some animals store their food for months before eating it. Even if they aren’t hungry, they might just as easily decide to gather dry dog or cat food for storage.

Wild animals can do a lot of damage to a home, while also causing sleepless nights or bring infectious diseases into your home. Even if your home hasn’t been entered yet by these pests, you might want to consider bringing in a wildlife control specialist to help secure your home against future invasions. Keep your house a home instead of a wildlife refuge.


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