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Pygmie goats as pets
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kathy z    Posted 08-22-2004 at 14:35:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am considering getting two pygmie goats for pets and I have a few questions:

* do pygmies need to be milked, or do you only do that if you want milk? If you don't want milk, do you have to do anything to stop the milk production?
* do they have to be debudded? Would you recommend it?
* I live in the north in a rather cold area of the country. I hear that goats need lots of attention to stay out of trouble. Will it create a problem if I don't spend lots of time with them in the winter?

Thanks for your help!

markct    Posted 08-23-2004 at 09:49:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have fainting goats, they arnt as mischiefous as pygmys people have said, but i dont know about that, they still seem to find plenty of ways outa there fences, and one loves to jump up on the roof of the shed and dance around on the metal roof. but they are great pets, i absolutely love them, goats are almost like cats, they love the affection and will walk up and rub against ya till ya give them attention! where in the north are ya, im up in the northeast, northfield,connecticut to be exact

Chad K    Posted 08-22-2004 at 18:56:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
The others are right, pygmies are harder to keep penned up. They are fun little buggers though! We've got 10 of 'em now. I even have a picture....

We no longer have the 3 on the right, we sold them and bought 2 bred pygmies at a swap meet on saturday.

Bkeepr    Posted 08-22-2004 at 17:19:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have full sized goats, not pygmies. In many ways they're the same, although I must say I prefer the full sized because they tend to be both calmer and healthier all round than the pygmies...and they don't get loose as much because they can't squeeze through small holes in fence. Either way, though, goats make really wonderful pets.

Goats, like most mammals, give milk when they've had young. If you raise kids and want to milk the does, you can. If not, the kids will nurse. If the doe isn't milked regularly, either by you or a kid, she'll dry up pretty much on her own.

I prefer my goats to be hornless. I think they get into less trouble that way, other folks think otherwise. The only real certainty is that you shouldn't keep a mixed herd--some with and some without horns as the ones without will get hurt.

We feed and water our little herd twice a day, before work and after dinner. The evening feeding turns into a "visit" with our goats most times...they like the company and so do we. In the winter time, we don't spend a long time out there, perhaps only a half hour or so. The goats won't get into any more or less trouble because of it, but it seems to me if you have the animals they're part of the family and you should give them some attention.

The book "raising goats the modern way" is pretty good, and can give you a lot of advice on care and picking a goat.

good luck!
Tom A

deadcarp    Posted 08-22-2004 at 15:53:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Goats are kinda like hyperactive kids - their little minds are always curious and dreaming up the next bad habit, and they only have one gear -wide open and scattering m&ms. They only give milk after giving birth, so that part you can steer. Those horns are their main defense so unless you can guarantee no coyotes or wolves or eagles or whatnot, leave the little guy a means to defend himself. Tell you what - pygmie goats do make excellent pets for other pets like cows & horses. And they're more darn fun! even a bored dog likes to play tag sometimes. :)

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