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The Truth About Keeping Backyard Goats

Truth about Backyard Goat Keeping

As a city homesteader for the last 23 years, I couldn’t be happier about the current trends aimed at a healthier lifestyle for ourselves and our families. Growing vegetables and fruits in our backyards, canning to preserve fresh food for later, cooking from scratch and raising small flocks of backyard chickens are coming back into vogue in a big way. I’m so happy to see others jumping on the bandwagon. But the homesteading trends aren’t stopping there — they have moved on to creatures such as bees, rabbits…and goats.

Adorable, fuzzy, playful, impossibly small goats! Even I have been moved to consider owning backyard goats (and I am normally a very sensible person).

Yet, even after swooning over multiple mini-livestock photos and goat articles, I’m left with a (very) minuscule amount of good sense. But I wanted to know – exactly how do people decide if backyard goats are right for them? To get to the truth, I went straight to several of my goat keeping friends and also tapped into my hobby farming connections around the country. I wanted the real scoop from people who live with them every day.

To my great surprise, everything I had heard about goats being adorable was true. But wait… there’s so much more to consider besides the cute factor

Thanks to some goat-savvy friends, I can offer you the whole truth about keeping goats in your backyard.

Before You Go Buy A Backyard Goat:

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Garden Blogger Bloom Day: September 15th

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Featured Plant – Kent Beauty Oregano

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Featured Plant – Borage

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Flowers in Your Home

There is just something about flowers…They bring a smile to your face. They can add a bit of cheerfulness to an otherwise ordinary day. I grow lots of flowers...

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