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Homesteader Animal Tips and FAQ

  • How often do I trim my goat’s hooves?

    • Well, that depends. Your goat’s hooves will wear differently on certain surfaces. If your goats are subjected to rough/rocky terrain, their hooves will wear quickly and evenly and you may never have to trim them. But if your goats are on soft grasses or hay most of the time you may have to trim them every couple months.


  • How often do I trim my pig’s hooves?

    • That depends again. The terrain, feed and weight all have a part to play. Keep an eye on them. With our pigs, and our conditions, we trim hooves about once a year. Keep in mind this may be difficult depending on your pig’s temperament. Consider consulting a vet if this is going to be too difficult for you.


  • Do I need a heat lamp for goats in the winter? Won’t they get cold?

    • Not usually. Goats have a coat that will change with the seasons. As long as they have some sort of shelter and windbreak they will probably be ok. However, during extreme temperatures you may want to consider giving them an area capable of being insulated to prevent frost bite on their ears.

  • What about pigs and the cold?

    • Kunekune pigs do have some hair, but not enough to insulate themselves. Although they have a thick layer of fat on them to keep them warm, once a pig is cold they’re hard to warm up. So take steps to give them an area to burrow. Deep straw works well with a windbreak. If you don’t have enough straw their ears will poke out and they may get frost bite!


  • Why are my goats so demanding? Is this normal?

    • The Nigerian Dwarf Goat has a reputation of being the “Diva” of the goat world. They may chase you around the yard and beller at you for no other reason than to get your attention. Maybe you laid out the hay wrong, or gave then one less alfalfa pellet. Seriously, Divas.


  • What is the gestational period for a Doe.

    • Usually between 145 and 150 days.


  • What is the gestational period for a Kunekune pig?

    • 3months – 3 weeks – 3 days.


  • My buck has started to smell really bad. Is this normal?

    • Yep, as they age they will start to urinate on their face and beard. This is their way of attracting Does.


  • My goat looks like she has started to grow little nubby horns but they don’t get big. What are they?

    • These are probably called scurs. They are very common depending on the methods used to disbud the goat. Sometimes if the breeder wasn’t 100% accurate during the disbudding process horns can still grow, although not to their full potential.

  • Should I trim my boar’s tusks?

    • Probably. They’re super sharp and can do some damage. Although the process is physically demanding on the farmer and the animal. speak with your vet to see if this is something you want to do.


  • How many kids will my doe have?

    • Typically anywhere from 1-4 kids.


  • Do you ship animals?

    • Yes we do. Crates are the cost of the buyer, but luckily we do have some on hand which may reduce that cost. When shipping by air we use the Calgary International Airport.


  • Do you sell pet quality animals?

    • The only ones that we sell are castrated males. Female pet quality goats will never be sold as registered goats.


  • How much for a goat?

    • Between $500-$700 for Does and Bucks are $400-$600. Wethers are $150.


  • When you sell animals are they “papered?”

    • All of our animal are purebred. If they conform to breeding quality then they will be sold as breeding stock and therefore “papered.”


  • I don’t want you to disbud my goat, is that ok?

    • Yes we can honor that request, however we will ask for the full payment as the non-refundable deposit. Why you ask? For a number or reasons, it is much harder to sell a got that still has their horns. If, for whatever reason, you back out of the transition we need to have our bases covered. Hope that makes sense.

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