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Questions about goats....
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Griz    Posted 03-12-2004 at 07:47:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My boy would like to get 1-2 goats for the farm as his "pet". I am clueless when it comes to goats as there seems to be every conceivable size and shape. Ideally, I would like ones that are more docile in nature, not so large that they pose a danger and are suited to be on 6 acres with 2 black angus calves.

Any suggestions?


Krista    Posted 03-15-2004 at 11:48:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My resident babysitter is Uncle Buck, a 3 year old, 175 pound wether. He lets the baby goats crawl all over him, pulls a pony cart and a small modified feed wagon, and loves people. Don't let size fool ya, much like people, it's often the littlest guy at the bar that you have to watch out for. ;)

Ana    Posted 03-12-2004 at 13:35:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have Pygmies---and have never had trouble with them getting out, as a matter of fact, they hate to be in strange places and worry if something is different. They are excellent pets, but I also vote NO INTACT MALES. Also I'd suggest getting at least two because they are herding animals. But they will chew on just about everything, so be prepared.

Greg F.    Posted 03-12-2004 at 12:02:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have three LaManchas that are a full size goat but very gentle, 1 Nubian doe that is big but gentle and two Pygmys that are very fun gentle as well. I donít think that any breed is more gentle than another but how they are handled and how often makes all the difference. You will also want more than one. Goats are herd animals and donít always do well alone.
Donít get Bucks for pets. Neutered males are ok.
Check out the miniature breeds too.
Whatever breed you choose they are all very strong for their size.
Check out
Great site for goat people.

Greg F.

Bkeepr    Posted 03-12-2004 at 10:32:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
We've got quite a few Alpines, a Saanan, and a nubian dwarf. Everyone is different, as unique as people. A lot depends on how they're raised when they are little. Ideally, you want to get one that is young and let them grow together. The more early contact they get, the gentler they'll be...ours are better than dogs, and I love dogs.

Get the book "Raising Goats the Modern Way." It's about $10 and will give you a lot of info.

For generalities, though: our nubian dwarf seems to be representative of what the books say are breed traits. She is very docile, friendly, and quiet. She isn't very big, although she is bigger than the more-typical dwarf goats. I'm going to guess she's around 80 lbs. When bred, she gives very rich creamy milk but not in huge quantities...just about perfect for a single family.

I also agree with the other advice: do *not* get an intact male, although a neutered one cna make a great pet and they're usually cheap. We got our first 2 goats just to keep mowing down on our 19 acres, and we've gotten all the rest just cuz we like them.

good luck!
Tom A

gretchen    Posted 03-27-2007 at 07:14:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have many breeds of goats.Nubian,Saanan,Kiko,Fainting,Boar,Pigmy,Toggenburg,and Oberhasli. All are happy and healthy living together on the farm.Recently I noticed that the Oberhasli's have quite a bit of hair loss on their faces and necks.All are medicated when needed and wormed regularly. What could this be? Does this happen to this breed in the spring? I have'nt had this breed very long to know. thanks for your time.

Bkeepr duuuuhhh!    Posted 03-12-2004 at 11:32:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I should have written "Nigerian dwarf" not "nubian"...I don't think there's any such thing as a nubian dwarf goat. Sorry!!

Greg F.    Posted 03-12-2004 at 12:11:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup there are Nubian dwarf goats. Lamanchas and Alpines as well. They call them miniís
They cross them with the Nigerian dwarf and get the look of the large goats just not full size. Kind of neat looking.

EngineerJoyce    Posted 03-12-2004 at 10:13:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just DON'T get a billy! Get only nannies (girls) and if you want babies, take them to the billy curing breeding season.
Reason for NO billies as pets: They pee on their heads during breeding season. Unsanitary and Stinky. And as with most any animal, testosterone does something to their attitudes...

okay    Posted 03-12-2004 at 10:39:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just officially STOPPED petting our billy goats. I knew they smelled bad but didn't know why. Gross. Good thing I always wash my hands after handling animals. Gross.

EngineerJoyce    Posted 03-12-2004 at 11:07:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. To see them do it is a real belly laugher. They bend their heads down and back towards their stomachs and raise their leg like a dog. Funny sight!
It's akin to a dog marking his territory, only they advertise their smell on their heads. Pheromones. Too bad they don't just fan their feathers and prance like turkeys.
And no, the castrated ones don't do this.

screaminghollow    Posted 03-12-2004 at 09:28:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Everybody I know says pygmy goats are the devil to keep in the pastures, they find incredibile ways to escape. Some goats are immune to electric fences, regardless of breed. The toggenburg's I've had have never been all that gentle. Same for Sanaans. We have about 50 Boer cross goats. The Sanaan crosses are a hand full. The boer and boer-nubian crosses are very docil,,,,, for goats. Some are better than dogs, some are @#%&&&*. I've heard good things about fainting goats. A bottle baby generally stays friendly for life. We try very hard, during the kids first thirty days, to handle them each day, so they are used to it. Even if it is just to give them a little feed or a bottle. They can be great at clearin brush and cleaning out noxious bushes. but wilted oak and cherry leaves are poisonous Good luck

Bkeepr    Posted 03-12-2004 at 10:33:54       [Reply]  [No Email]

First time I've seen you online in quite awhile. Just wanted to say "thanks again" for the stove information you mailed me, it was a real help.

enjoy the day!
Tom A

cowlady    Posted 03-12-2004 at 08:01:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Call the 4-H extension office. Lots of younger children take goat projects. Some as meat goats, some as pets! I think there is a forum on www.breedersworld for goats.

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