Okay, I hope I got everyone's attention with my title. This is going to be a long post because I want to put everything in here and get some opinions. I hate to admit I am very naive when it comes to farm things. We just bought 5 acres in the country and immediately wanted to buy goats (pretty much as pets...not against eating them at some point, though). So a man down the road had a herd of 75+ goats and we bought three females for $150. I had researched them a little bit but obviously not as much as I should have. I was so excited at the time but goat-guy said there wasn't much care involved. Now I'm debating how good of a goat-owner he was. He didn't know the exact count of his herd, wasn't around for much of the kidding, and got pretty far behind in trimming their hooves. He told us at the time there was no vet in the area that would see goats (I've found this to be true). To begin my questions: Do goats need regular shots? Can I buy and give these myself? How and where? How often do you de-worm? I dont know if goat-guy ever did any of this! He's not returning our calls. Also, we have our goats in a fenced-in horse paddock and there's not much for them to eat (they're eaten everything worth eating already) so how much hay vs. grain-stuff do I give them each day? What do I do if they seem sick and there's no vet in the area to check them out? Can I diagnose and treat things myself? Who trims hooves themselves? Any tricks? I don't even know how to restrain them to do this as they run freely around their little area. I'm already feeling like a very bad goat owner so I really don't need negatives responses to this post. Any advice and suggestions would be appreciated. Someday, when I've had years of experience, I promise to pass on my knowledge and wisdom to other ignorant want-to-be-country-folk. TIA!