I was doing some reading in an old Goat Rancher magazine that got me thinking. Do you find goats to be easy to keep? Or complicated, and possibly even slightly difficult? The article started out with the same line - "We had this land that needed clearing, and we though.... why not get some goats?". (I don't mean offense to anyone that has said this lately. It's just a very common statement.) Well personally, I think hiring a whole crew to bushhog and backhoe would be not only easier, but cheaper! In my view, goats need a whole lot more than a team of muscled men. You could get away with giving them coffee and sandwiches.... maybe spoil them with cookies..... and that's it! Plus...... the "stink" will go away in a couple weeks, not linger to every inch of clothing (speaking of a BUCK vs. some sweaty MAN ). Goats need: - several dishes (feed/grain, hay, forage, baking soda, minerals, water) - a fairly sturdy house (since they so like to JUMP on their house, or rub their heads and butts on it) - a good strong fence is nice - regular worming - regular vaccinations - hoof trimming - and they LOVE it if they have something to play on (even 2 stacked cinder blocks will do LOL) Then there's all the medication you need on hand - "just in case" - and all that'll add up to atleast $200 (one important medicine cost $85 alone). You might need - drenchers, balling gun, IV w/electrolytes, stomach tube, needles & syringes, and more! Oh boy.... the cost of all THAT! :baby04: I can't think of any other animal that needs so much! I've never had a horse or a cow, so I can't say if they're complicated. But I never met any horse owners that had even HALF the stuff goat owners keep around. So what say ya' all? Am I on the right track with this? This a complicated critter or not? They're worth it, that's for sure. But I guess after reading that article last night, I just got to thinking....... new goat owners REALLY need to be prepared as to what they're getting in to. In my opinion. When I was researching and preparing for my goats, I got a bunch of stuff. I thought I was fairly prepared. I know without a doubt WAY more prepared than some. So I thought..... I'm a smart lady , I'm set! HA! Not even! LOL So..... to those out there that just need some weeds cleared...... hire a crew. And if you want goats...... get goats :angel:, cause they are really wonderful. But if you get goats, I suggest you better get out the checkbook, AND put aside a heafty amount in a savings account too.