You’re either reading this for one of two reasons; either 1. You, yourself are interested in learning how to bathe YOUR goats, or 2. You just want to see how crazy I am because I actually bathe my goats.
I’ll take my guesses and say most of you fall into category number 2.
Well, yes indeed folks, I do bathe my goats. And yes, I do use essential oils on them. And yes they’re spoiled… and yes I might be just a tad bit obsessed with my goats.
Before we get into the goat bathing fun, I should probably give a little background as to WHY my goats needed a bath this time around. Yes, this was not our first rodeo.
How about a nice story, shall we?
Once upon a time there lived a beautiful maiden…
No,no,no… not THAT kind of story!
One day, I went outside to do my normal routine with the chickens and goats. As I sat there watching my sweet goaties, I started noticing that they were scratching themselves… A LOT. As in, MORE than normal.
” Hmmm… that’s odd “, I thought to myself.
I went up to Fern (the black goat) and started to examine her fur and her skin.
And to my HORROR…
it was the dreaded…
my biggest fear in raising goats…
As you can guess… knowing ME…the perfect, loving goat owner that I am, I did what any other normal goat owner would do…
Okay I kid, I kid. But seriously, I sort of freaked out!
I knew I didn’t want to put chemical treatments on my goats, but a part of me was questioning my natural methods because, HELLO— it’s LICE! And in my lifetime, I’ve never even had to deal with human lice, so this was scary for me.
I stayed strong and told myself that I’d give my natural treatments 2 days to start killing the lice, and if it didn’t work, I was going to cave in and use the chemicals, because, HELLO— it’s creepy, crawly, LICE!
Well, after only one day of my all- natural, essential oil filled concoctions that I made up… the goat lice were dying! I continued their natural treatment for a good week and a half to make sure I got them ALL!
And, thank you LORD… it worked!!
So, now that we are up to date, you can imagine why my goats were all sticky, dirty and yucky feeling.
They were filled with essential oils, Diatmaceous Earth, castile soap, olive oil, and mix that all up with dirt, goat poop, pine shavings etc., it was just gross.
We waited for the first possible day of nice weather, and Monday it happened to be 70 degrees, which meant…
GOAT BATH DAY!
First up was Ms. Fern herself.
Let’s Do this!
To wash my goats, I used an all- natural castile soap. I am using Simple Truth brand, but you can also use Dr. Bronner’s such as this one (here). I chose the tea tree and eucalyptus oil scented one because the tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils help get rid of goat lice. WIN WIN!
The first thing we did was wet Fern down with warm water. She fussed for a bit and then started to settle down.
Next, we got her all nice and soapy and began to scrub and brush. Then she really started to relax. Goat’s love a good scratching, they’re like dogs!
After we got her all nice and scrubbed, it was time to rinse her off with some more warm water.
Finally, a nice towel dry and a good ol’ brushin!
That’s it! Super simple.
Little Miss Daisy- May was up next. She’s so cute!
Daisy- May wasn’t too fond of her bath. But as soon as I wrapped her in the towel to dry her off, she just laid her sweet little head on me. Oh, I love her, she’s so cute!!
And last up… here comes the queen of the farm, Ms. Charlotte. She’s a feisty one!
Look how dirty she is! She is normally a WHITE goat with a few brown spots; she was filthy!
We had to spend an extra long time scrubbing Charlotte down. Of course, she fought us at first, but after a few minutes, she literally started falling asleep. I’m telling you, goats love a good scratch or petting.
As we were nearing the end of Charlotte’s bath, she caught us of guard with a surprise.
You know how when dogs get wet, they do that whole body shake thing, which shakes the water off of themselves, and both water and fur go flying?
Yep, goats do that too.
I totally LOVE that picture. Our caught off guard facial expressions are epic! This picture needs to go in a frame… in the barn!
Here we are, after the fact, just realizing that we got sprayed with yucky goat water, and Charlotte is looking super innocent like, ” What, did I do something wrong?”.
now she’s all clean! And shedding her winter coat, so she’s looking a bit rough right now. Don’t judge her, in a month she will be super shiny and even coated.
Now the goats are clean once again, and hopefully that’s the last time we EVER have to deal with goat lice!
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