Everything You Need to Know About Breeding, Birthing, Milking, and Caring for Goats

As most of you know, we’ve leapt with both feet into the world of goat ownership. The most interaction I’ve ever had with a goat prior to this was petting them at the State Fair. But how hard can it be, right?

Yeah, sure.

I’ve been reading like a mad person and discovering just how much I did not and do not know. I’m so thankful Gurda (mama goat) isn’t in milk. I’m no where near ready to be milking a goat. We’re still in the “warming up, getting to know you” phase, and the girls are pretty skittish, but we’re getting there.

Meanwhile, I’m reading.

Everything You Need to Know About the Breeding, Birthing, Milking, and Care of Dairy Goats

It’s all here!

Thinking of joining the goat world or already have one or a couple of your own? Animals are an ever learning experience. Join me in my reading with these great articles that are Everything You Need to Know About Breeding, Birthing, Milking, and Caring for Goats. Thanks to all my wonderful friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network for all their info.

Are Goats Right for You and What Kind Should You Get?

Five Reasons to Get Goats by The Flip Flop Barnyard

Goats: Why You Should Add Them to Your Homestead by Mom Prepares

Top 5 Reasons Nigerian Dwarves Make Great Homestead Livestock by Better Hens and Gardens

The Ultimate Guide to Goat Breeds by The Free Range Life

Great Goats for the Backyard Farm by Mom Prepares

5 Best Dairy Goat Breeds for the Small Homestead by The Free Range Life

(After reading all these, I’m really happy we have Saanen goats!)

Saanen Goats on the Homestead - IdlewildAlaska

Meet Gurda (mom) and Elsa (daughter).

Getting Ready For Your Goats (Unless you’re like us and just take the leap blindly- not recommended!)

How to Prepare for Goats by The Easy Homestead

The Goat Playground by Lone Star Farmstead (I’m so making a playground for our goats!)

Idea for a Round Goat Barn by 5 Acres & A Dream


Goat Health

Ten Must Have Goat Medications by The Free Range Life

Learning to Vaccinate, Medicate, and Deworm Your Livestock by Mom Prepares

Natural Dietary Supplements for Goats by The Homestead Lady

A Goat Mystery Solved by 5 Acres & A Dream

Herbal Medicine: Dealing with Parasites in Goats and Sheep by Joybilee Farm

8 Must Have Nutritional Supplements for Your Goats by The Free Range Life

Goat Care and Maintenance by Timber Creek Farm

Dealing with Hypothermia in Baby Goats and Lambs on Your Homestead by Joybilee Farm

Giving Goats Injections by Better Hens and Gardens

Anemia in Goats: Diagnosing and Treating by The Free Range Life

Goat Health: Drawing Blood for the Complete Beginner by Sarcasta-Mom

5 Deadly Goat Diseases to Avoid by Better Hens and Gardens

Dairy Goats on the Homestead - IdlewildAlaska


Breeding and Birthing

All You Need to Know About Breeding Goats by The Free Range Life

Basic Goat Care: Breeding by Farming My Backyard

Basic Goat Pregnancy Care by Better Hens and Gardens

The Kidding Kit by The Free Range Life

Preparing for Goat Kidding by Better Hens and Gardens

Retained Placenta in Sheep and Goats by Granny Miller

How to Prepare for Baby Goats by The Homestead Lady

Baby Goats: Care and Tips by Mom Prepares


Milking Your Dairy Goat

Making a Milking Stand for a Goat by The Homesteading Hippy

Things Every Homesteader Needs to Milk a Goat by The Old Trodden Lane

How To Train a Goat to a Milk Stand by The Homestead Lady

How to Hand Milk a Cow or Goat by The Flip Flop Barnyard

How to Dry Off a Goat by Farming My Backyard


More Goat Info

7 Tips for Making Noisy Goats Quiet by April Tells All

Goat Forage in Your Backyard by The Homestead Lady

After reading all of these and Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats (a must for every dairy goat owner), I’m feeling a bit more prepared. There’s still a lot to take in, but we’re taking it one day at a time and getting there. :)

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Homestead Blog Hop #9

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

It’s been a crazy busy week here on the homestead! Gurda and Elsa, our new Saanen goats are settling in nicely. They’re still a bit skittish, but they’re coming around. I think all the apple slices are helping. We’re LOVING it now that our hens are giving us eggs! Out of 5 girls, we are typically getting four eggs a day! Woo hoo!

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Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet the Hosts!

Jen- The Easy Homestead

Jenna- The Flip Flop Barnyard

Bonnie- The Not So Modern Housewife

Amanda- Idlewild Alaska (That’s me!)

Lindsey- Chickadee Homestead

Nicole- Little Blog on the Homestead

Kelly- Simple Life Mom

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are last week’s featured posts:

Homestead Blog Hop Feature -7 Ways to Use Diatomaceous Earth on the Homestead


1. 7 Ways to Use DE on the Homestead by The Homestead Lady

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - 7 Reason to Have Chickens on Your Homestead

2. 7 Reasons to Have Chickens on Your Homestead by Murano Chicken Farm

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Best Bread Ever

3. Best Bread Ever by Going Green

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post. Just right click and ‘save image as…’

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Guidelines for Homestead Blog Hop

1. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us. Please note that all giveaways, contests, and the like will be deleted from the blog hop, as well as anything not family-friendly.

2. Link your post back to the hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.

3. When linking up your post to the Homestead Blog Hop please make sure you actually link to your post and not your homepage.

4. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog!

5. Link up to three posts each week!

6. Linking up gives us permission to use your photo on social media platforms {with a link back to your post) in order to promote your post if you are featured.

***Please note: in order to maintain the awesomeness of the hop all posts that don’t meet the above guidelines will be deleted.

Well, let’s see what’cha got!

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A Danish Christmas on the Homestead

My husband’s grandmother was from Denmark and even though she lived here in the USA for many years, the family still carries on touches of Danish traditions, especially for Christmas. This year, I decided that we’d have a Danish Christmas on the Homestead.

A Danish Christmas on the Homestead - IdlewildAlaska

As usual, this time of year has been crazy busy, and it’s not looking like it’s going to slow down any time soon. For the most part, our Danish Christmas means the Christmas tree is themed. I’m hoping to do a few more things before Christmas, but we’ll see.

The easiest part of our Christmas tree was deciding to do all “natural,” red, and white ornaments. I sorted through what we had and we hung them up. This year’s tree is a real tree, a real Alaskan Christmas tree we went out and found in the woods. It’s a bit “Charlie Brown”ish, but that’s pretty typical for up here. Nothing beats that smell. Our rustic burlap tree skirt from last year matches perfectly.

Natural Christmas Ornaments - IdlewildAlaska

No, it’s not real, but this is one of my favorite ornaments.

I did mange to knit up a few ornaments, albeit not nearly as many as I wanted or had planned. I’m learning to “Fair Isle” knit and loving the look! I found this pattern for free on Ravelry.com, one of my favorite sites.

Knitted Christmas Ornament - IdlewildAlaska

On one side there’s a star…

A Danish Christmas on the Homestead - IdlewildAlaska

And on the other side, two reindeer.

A very typical Danish tradition for many holidays is to decorate with bunting that looks like the Danish flag. I know I could have taken the easy route and printed out paper ones, but I found this pattern, also free on Ravelry, and decided to knit up a more lasting version. I’m hoping to add to it over the years so it will be long enough for the whole tree. I did change up my version a little, just to make it a bit more basic.

Danish Christmas Tree - IdlewildAlaska

Most of our presents are already bought and wrapped (A record for me!). We themed our paper, either wrapped in brown paper with pretty Christmas ribbons or in festive red and white paper to match the tree. One of the main Danish traditions that the hubby’s family celebrated, was opening the presents on Christmas Eve and the stockings on Christmas morning. I’m all about opening presents early, so that works just fine for me!

Scandinavian Themed Christmas - IdlewildAlaska

I inherited a set of cookie cutters from my grandma years ago, which I have never used, but after researching Danish Christmases, I realized they are for a modern Kransekake. The traditional versions are usually marzipan rings and are often served at Scandinavian weddings and Christmases. This modern version is a star shaped cookie, stacked and decorated to form a Christmas tree. I’m waiting until we’re a little closer to Christmas to make ours.

Danish Christmas Tree Cookies - IdlewildAlaska

The Pickled Herring shows the traditional version along with a yummy looking recipe for the modern version. I’m aiming high and hoping to make her Rice Pudding for me and the Cardamom bread for the hubby. We’ll see. :)

I’m also hoping to whip up some tasty Ebelskivers Christmas morning, just enough to tide us over until we head to my parents’ for Christmas with the family. These fun little popable pancakes are so good and can be filled with all kinds of yummy things. I fill ours with homemade jams or ham and cheese. My ebelskiver cast iron pan is one of my favorite cast iron pans.

Danish Christmas Morning - IdlewildAlaska

I would love to hear some of your family Christmas traditions! Comment below with yours!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Christmas on the Homestead - IdlewildAlaska


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