Goat Breeding: Everything You Need to Know

goats playing in the barn

If you want to do anything with your goats besides keep a couple around as pets, you’ve got to understand breeding. Sometimes confusing, rarely straightforward, and occasionally harrowing, breeding any livestock is a skillset unto itself, and goats particularly have a reputation as being unruly when it comes to making babies. The bottom line is … Read more

14 DIY Mostly Cheap Goat Pen Ideas

pygmy goat in its pen

Ask anyone who has kept goats for any length of time, and they will tell you: keeping your goats in place and on your property is a lot easier said than done. The fact of the matter is that goats are excellent escape artists, or jailbreakers as I like to call them, and as a … Read more

What’s the Average Weight of a Goat? 

Nigerian Dwarf Goats eating hay, in snow

If you decided to embark on a lifestyle of keeping livestock, one of the most important things to figure out is what size of animals you are comfortable with. Different species can run the gamut from truly tiny, like chickens, to humongous like horses. The size of an animal affects how much room it needs, … Read more

26 DIY Goat Toys to Keep Them Busy

two goats climbed on a 4-wheeler ATV

If you’ve owned goats for any length of time, you already know how mischievous, and destructive, they can be if they aren’t kept engaged and entertained. I would go so far as to say that 90% of breakouts are due to boredom and boredom alone. It might seem like an impossible task trying to keep … Read more

16 Goat Milking Supplies to Make Your Job Easier

man milking an alpine goat by hand

If you keep dairy goats, you already know that milking is an essential task. But for many goat-owning homesteaders, providing a sustainable source of fresh, nutritious milk for consumption is quite a chore! Goats are rarely cooperative, and milking is a surprisingly tricky skill. But, with the right gear and supplies on hand, you can … Read more

So, Can Goats Eat Chocolate?

pygmy goat looking you in the eye

If you have goats, you have probably felt the temptation to give them a little taste of the foods you enjoy. But, there is just one issue: goats are strictly herbivores, and eat only plant matter once they reach maturity. But wait! Chocolate is technically made from plants. It is made from cocoa, and cocoa … Read more

So, What Kind of Hay Do Goats Eat?

pygmy goat and Nigerian dwarf goat hanging out

Everyone knows that goats are eating machines, right? Well, not exactly. Goats do have big appetites, but as any long-time owner will tell you they can be pretty finicky when it comes to their diet. Goats are not grazers like sheep or cows. Goats are browsers, and that means they like to eat a little … Read more

So, Can Goats Eat Horse Feed?

pygmy goats eating hay next to horse

If you own goats, you know that they are usually keen to try the food of other animals on your farm or homestead. Things like chicken feed and dog food, however, are bad for them since this food contains meat. However, horses are also herbivores just like goats, and their feed does not contain any … Read more

So, Can Goats Eat Tomatoes?

a goat trying a tomato

Goats are popular thought to be animals that will eat just about anything. While it is true that they often have quite an appetite for their size, the reality is that they are far more discerning when it comes to food than most people realize. Goats are surprisingly picky eaters, and some things that you’d … Read more

So, Can Goats Eat Roses?

pygmy goat in its pen

It is a scene that all long time goat owners know entirely too well. Left unsupervised, or after a lucky escape attempt, your beloved goats managed to Chow down on your prized ornamental flowers or shrubs. All that work, care and effort wasted! It’s enough to make a person crazy. But, it’s not so bad, … Read more

So, Can Goats Eat Squash?

a goat eating cooked squash

Goats live mostly on a diet of hay, grass, bark, silage and similar plant matter, but they will eat a surprising variety of vegetables, including some that you might not expect. Goats need vegetables to round out their diet and get nutrients that they may not get out of their usual food or get in … Read more

So, Can Goats Eat Grapes?

a goat trying some grapes

Goats are herbivores that eat a wide variety of plant matter, including grasses, leaves and even some produce in the form of fruit and veggies. But not all things, however wholesome they are for us, are safe for animals. Grapes are one good example. But are grapes harmful to goats? Can goats eat grapes safely? … Read more

So, Can Goats Eat Rice?

a goat eating rice

Goats, being herbivores, can eat all sorts of plant matter, including grasses, hay, leaves, silage, vegetables, and more. Grains also fall into the category of plant matter, but goats generally don’t want to eat too many of those. But how about rice? Can goats eat rice? Yes, goats can eat rice safely. Rice is not … Read more

So, Can Goats Eat Dog Food?

pygora goats

If you own goats, you already know that your goats are pretty adventurous eaters. They might be herbivores, but it seems like they will try to steal a little food from any other animals in the area, and are often more than interested in trying any food that you are eating. Take dog food for … Read more

So, Can Goats Eat Chicken Feed?

four pygoras and two other goats free-ranging

If you are a goat owner who also has chickens on your property, you have certainly noticed that chickens are reprobate food thieves, and will happily steal some feed from any of the other animals that they can reach. You might also think that turnabout is fair play, and perhaps your goats might like a … Read more

So, Can Goats Eat Cabbage?

a goat eating a cabbage head

If you want goats, you already know that they eat all sorts of plants, and particularly grass and hay. But they also eat a variety of vegetables, though they like some a lot more than others. How about cabbage? Cabbage is often thought of as one of the healthiest leafy vegetables around and seems like … Read more