Below is information glossing over the care of wethers. It is important to note that other owners and breeders may have differing views, but this is our advice, based off owning and raising goats since 2013.
Wethers need their feed done every 8-12 weeks. There are many guides online to trimming hooves, and it's easy for any begginer to learn to do.
Wethers do not really need grain past 2 or 3 months old. Too much grain can cause urinary calculi. We recommend feeding wethers Noble Goat by Purina, which you can pick up at any local Tractor Supply Company or pretty much any feed store. When you feed your wethers all they need is a handful or 1/2 cup for each wether.
Wethers just need a nice grass hay. DO NOT feed them moldy hay. Many times if you tell a hay dealer or seller you're buying for goats they will try to sell you cheaper, not so nice hay and say "Oh goats will eat anything". I've heard this many, many times lol. Feeding moldy hay can cause health problems and isn't much different from someone offering you moldy food to eat. Just look for horse quality grass hay, and don't feed anything crazy like alfalfa or a mix. They don't need that much fat and protein in their diet.
You can get loose Mana Pro minerals from your local Tractor Supply Company or feed store. Do not get a mineral block, as it can damage their teeth. Sometimes you may want to put those minerals and baking soda out in a bowl.
Make sure you can provide a dry and draft free stall for them to sleep in. Straw works the best for bedding. They don't need a heat lamp, but if you really feel the need to DO NOT use a heat lamp unless it a Premier One heat lamp. Those heat lamps are specially designed to be safer then heat lamps you get from the farm store or on some websites.
Goats enjoy having things to jump on. Large wooden electrical spools, small toddler play houses with slides, and small platforms can be fun for goats to jump on. If you want ideas just Google "Goat toy ideas".
Picking Up Your Wether(s)
Below are the following things you should bring with you to pick up your wether(s).
- Collar(s) - We do not provide collars, you will need to pick up your own. We suggest getting a medium sized dog collar
- A Crate or two- A medium or large dog crate works great for transporting them in
- A thermometer