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CHERYL    Posted 03-14-2002 at 19:09:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]

D Abney    Posted 12-05-2004 at 16:36:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can anyone give me any information on how to raise Pygmie goats ?

I have one male and two females.
I also have one female dwarf.

HELP !!!!!!!!!


Tom A    Posted 03-15-2002 at 04:31:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Goats (pygmies or big 'uns) will eat a lot of different stuff, whether it is good for them or not.

You should feed them mold or dust, but it does not have to be the best quality hay like a horse. In fact, too much legume hay (alfalfa or the like) can be bad for them--pet goats can tend to be fat if overfed.

We give ours some grain during the winter months, more as a treat than because it is needed. If you are milking them, the does really do need the grain, about a pound a day. They do not like dusty grain, so the best is mixed with molasis; you can buy goat/sheep feed at a coop. or feed store.

They love to 'browse' especially in overgrown areas. Mine love wild rose, honeysuckle and brambles. That's the main reason we first got the goats, because we were trying to recover some land that had been let go for decades and it was too steep for mowing. The more of this kind of stuff you feed, the less hay and grain they need.

Some things are bad for them, some plants are poisonous but unless you are underfeeding they won't touch them. Grass clippings from lawn mowing that are just beginning to wilt aren't good for them either: either feed it fresh or let it dry for a day or two.

Good luck. There's lots of good information on the web if you search for goats and sheep. One site I've linked below has stuff about nutrition that is pretty current.

Tom A

kraig WY    Posted 03-15-2002 at 06:51:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
TRACTOR MANUELS. Got me a brand new tractor manuel for my Ford 850, was doing some maintance on the tractor when my wife called me to dinner. When I got back to work the darn goats ate my new tractor manuel.

LazyHorse    Posted 03-14-2002 at 19:22:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
They should eat grain, grass, hay, and weeds. Unfortunately most goats also eat about anything they are not supposed to also.

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