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Goat Care Policies & Procedures


Meet our goats


  • We have 4 male Spanish & Boer goats.
  • Their names are Bumble (all white), Gandalf the Grey (grey), Puck (black’ish gray), and Snoopy (white body, brown head).
  • Bumble and Gandolf are Spanish goats and Puck and Snoopy are Boer goats.
  • They do not produce milk.
  • They are wethered (castrated).
  • As of June 2021 they will be 3 years old.


Care Instructions


  1. The number one thing about goats is to close all gates, doors and lids before exiting. A forgetful moment means a goat in the food bin and they will escape. Yes, they are that smart.
  2. All feed, treats and Timothy grass are located in the loafing shed feed area.
  3. Feed one full scoop of grain in the morning only; dispense the grain evenly between the four feeders attached to the fence. Provide two flakes of Timothy grass evenly between the four grass feeders attached to the fence.
    1. During winter months, increase the Timothy grass to three to four small flakes evenly distributed.
    2. If you are able to allow the goats to graze for at least 30 minutes, decrease the Timothy grass to one large flake.
  4. DO NOT overfeed grain. Overfeeding grain to a goat can be toxic and kill them within two days. Overfeeding grain is irreversible.
  5. DO NOT feed chicken feed/pellets or snacks to the goats. It is TOXIC to them.
  6. Provide clean water as needed. The water trough in the loafing shed room is heated. This will take two people to move and clean. Call Tamra or Elizabeth when it needs to be cleaned out. If water is clean, just add water to the trough with another bucket. There are extra buckets in the Granary.
  7. DO NOT feed goats anything that is not provided and stored in the loafing shed/feed area.
  8. Animal crackers – our goats love animal crackers as treats and can receive a couple handfuls per day.  Since goats can overeat which leads to bloat and obesity, error on the side of being conservative with their treats.


Conditions to be aware of


  1. Goats can bloat (excessive fermentation in the rumen/stomach). This is fatal if not treated right away. There are a number of things that can cause bloat including wrong food or forage and cold water. Please only feed what is provided by the Foundation.
  2. Contact Elizabeth Matthews (720) 233-4337 or Tamra Hirschman (303) 917-5126 if the goat appears lethargic or is acting out of character. Excessive crying is considered out of character and can be a symptom of bloat. Other signs of bloat are respiratory distress/labored breathing, stretching the neck to breathe, abnormally enlarged left side belly that sounds hollow when tapped. Also, contact if you notice any unusual bumps, growths, abrasions, abscesses, lesions, rashes, etc. Typical breaths per minute of a goat their age is 30-40.

Vet Contact (Call Elizabeth or Tamra before calling vet)
Dr. Brian Eitelman
Aggie Vet & Farrier Services
(720) 339-4187

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