With that being said, Michelle is very particular about the care and feeding of the goats. This is rightly so since goats are a “prey animal” they do not outwardly show sickness, that would be a sign of weakness. So, you must read the subtle clues, are they acting off? or just crabby? If you wait to the point they are down, you may not be able to bring them back from the edge.
So, before she leaves for a trip, I am given a VERY DETAILED set of lesson plans. It goes over all facets of their care. When to feed, what to feed, how much to feed, etc. This is preceded by a few days of intensive training where I am drilled on their care. This is followed up by several phone calls during the trip.
To say I am ready is an understatement, but I have to admit I am relieved when she gets home and she finds the goats in the same condition as when she left them in my care.