I have been offered some goats at a very reasonable price - free. 7 of them to be exact plus whatever get born between now and summer. I can have one or all of them. I don't know thing one about goats other than they will eat pretty much anything. I have been told that there is a certain number of goats a person should own. Too few and they aren't happy and get lonely and too many and they can get out of hand. I have a few questions for you goat folks. Are there any rules for how large or small your goat herd should be or was I told an old wives tale or something What kind of fencing should I put up? What are the requirements as far as shelter go? Are they pretty hardy? I've got a few spots I wouldn't mind getting cleared off but once that is gone how much do goats eat? For that matter what is their preferred food? Can I just feed them like I would cattle? What kind of temperament do goats have? Are they easy to work with? A 2 or 3 of the herd are nanny goats. How much do they produce a day and do you have any advice for using goat milk? Is it really necessary to pasteurize their milk? My parents never pasteurized milk from their cows. I'm open to any advice and suggestions.