Clean living quarters, no deep litter options.
Ability to exercise in sunlight
Good hay to eat
Minerals to balance odd diets
Trimming of hooves
For GlennArt we work to maintain our animals beyond the basics. it has been a journey of mine to learn how to care for these animals to thrive in the city. When I started this experience over eight years ago, I had no desire to get this technical. When we became permitted to sell milk by the State of Illinois, life became more integrated. In order to assure these animals live healthy lives, I had to change:
Supplements like yeast and kelp;
Measurement of grain and nutrition;
Fecals, or poo review to understand parasite in goat stomachs;
Somatic Counts or infection indicators in mama goat milk;
Seven Point check of observations for healthy goats done monthly;
COWP timing which is a copper supplement vital to their health;
Herbal treatments for Parasites to avoid chemicals as much as possible;
Obtain vegetables to provide a variety of food sources (Sugar Beet Food Coop and Whole Foods).
This year I have committed to setting up the wonderful GOOGLE FORMS which bring my data from my phone to the spread sheets of information. Every time I change something, I have a form app on my phone. Thank you Google. (Just don't sell my data). It makes me happy to see my girls healthy.