Livestock & Pets - Goat Care Basics
When caring for your a goat you own--or one want to own--here are 15 goat care basic items you need--and 6 plants to avoid.
6 Toxic Plants
Goats arent immune to toxins if they ingest too much of the wrong plant.
A good guide to poisonous flora--like A Guide to Plant Poisoning of Animals in North America, by Anthony P. Knight and Richard G. Walter--can help you identify the worst offenders.
Here's a quick checklist of six plants to keep out of your goat's eating areas:
1. Rhododendrons/Azaleas: All plant parts contain toxins that can cause vomiting, colic, paralysis and coma.
2. Mountain Laurel: Signs of poisoning include salivation, colic, vomiting and weakness.
3. Water Hemlock: Symptoms of poisoning include teeth grinding, increased salivation and seizures.
4. Poison Hemlock: A lethal dose can bring on respiratory failure in a few hours.
5. Death Camas: Symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, weakness and staggering.
6. Choke Cherry: The toxic seeds, bark and leavesespecially when wiltedcan cause breathing difficulty, confusion, convulsions and sudden death.
Goats can be incredibly sweet and impossibly insolent. But no matter how independent and hardy they appear, goats need some basic care and attention.
So if you're thinking of adding goats as companions or as a way to add income to your farm, take some time to learn more about goats and basic goat care.
There's so much more to know, but here's are some basic items you'll need to take good care of your goats:15 Goat Care Necessities
- Quality hay and/or balanced concentrated feed
- Feed tubs or mangers
- Water containers
- Minerals that are goat-specific for your area
- Hoof trimmers and styptic powder
- Collar and lead
- Shelter, shed or barn
- Bedding material
- Secure fencing
- Goat care and veterinary reference books
- First-aid supplies
- Syringes, needles, vaccines
- Kidding supplies, if needed
COPIED FROM HOBBY FARMS MAGAZINE