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Pygmie Goats??
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Cat    Posted 04-03-2001 at 15:30:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My husband and I are thinking of acquiring a "pygmie goat". Are looking for advice and or
experienced owners for information. We live in
a residential area, not a farm, but we have 1/2 acre yard. We recently met some baby pygmies and have become quite fond of them. Pygmies seem like a great pet and loving and we would like to have one as a pet. Questions are re: do they produce
drinkable milk? With lots of attention, are they loyal to you? Do they need a fellow pygmie for company? Are they troublesome to neighbors? Do they try to escape? Get along with cats? Any experienced info is helpful. Thanks.


poo    Posted 04-12-2007 at 23:17:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]

pygnie goats totally suk...nah just kiddin...but i don really know anything bout those things!!!!!
well anyway....peace out hunnies


hyperkittie    Posted 03-29-2002 at 18:22:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am tying o convince my parents to let me have two, got any advice?


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crystal    Posted 10-24-2002 at 13:07:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi my name is cystal and i have a response to yor qeustions.yes pigmie goats do produce drinkable milk.yes if you give them lots of attention they are loyal.no you don't need to have acompanipn goat .but if you don't they will be very noisey.a pigmy goat might try to escape but it might not.yes they will get along with cats if they learn just like a dog would.


mugsy3    Posted 04-05-2001 at 17:37:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have 6 pygmy goat pets. We love them! They can be like a dog but they aren't dogs. They have to be penned. We let ours out but only when we are out with them. They have their own barn and 5' high fenced yard. I've heard that they can jump out of a lot of fences but mine have never scaled my 5' fence. Rail fence (horizontal planking) doesn't work, they use it like a ladder. It has to be a wire grid fence.

They do better with a mate but should do fine without one, as long as you are prepared to spend lots of time with them. They may not bark, but their bleating can be just as annoying. They'll cry lots if left alone. And if they are alone will more likely try to get out of their pen.

Goats can be very loyal. They can also hold a grudge. They seem to know who is friend and who is foe.

Goats are browsers not grazers so don't expect them to mow your lawn. They prefer to browse in the bush. Or you could bring them branches from trees that have been pruned.

They need annual deworming shots, and vaccines. Hooves need trimming regularly. They need good brushing and delicing. Make sure to gather info on proper diet. You wouldn't want any deficiencies.

Hope that helps.



F14    Posted 04-04-2001 at 05:21:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
In my extremely limited experience, ALL goats are escape artists, and pygmies are Houdini's. Wouldn't be my first choice for a pet in a residential area, unless you have a GOOD fence, and lots of time to keep the goats and the pen clean, and the goats entertained.

On the other hand, they don't bark all night either...


judioverson@hotmail.com    Posted 06-14-2004 at 09:14:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I PURCHASED A PYGMIE FROM A FRIEND A WEEK BEFORE EASTER AND HE IS A REALLY GREAT PET.I HAVE ALMOST AN ACRE OF LAND AROUND MY HOME THAT HAS AN EIGHT FOOT CHAIN-LINK FENCE SO I DECIDED TO LET HIM HAVE FREE RUN OF THE BACK YARD THAT IS APPROXIMATELY NINE-TENTHS OF THE ACRE.I NOTICED THAT HE HAD A CYST ON THE LEFT SIDE OF HIS LOWER JAW JUST UNDER HIS LITTLE TUFT OF HAIR.I TOOK HIM TO A LOCAL VET AND HE STUCK A NEEDLE IN IT AND CLEAR FLUID RAN OUT.THE LIQUID WAS TESTED AND IT WAS NEGATIVE FOR INFECTION.I MASSAGED THE SACK UNTIL ALL OF THE FLUID WAS GONE AND THE NEXT DAY IT WAS FULL AGAIN? WHAT IS THIS CAUSED FROM AND HOW CAN IT BE TREATED?IF IT IS NOT DRAINED AGAIN WILL IT HARM HIM.ALSO I HAVE NOTICED THAT SINCE BILLY BUMPER HAS BEEN GRAZING ON WEEDS AND LOWER TREE BRANCHES,MY COMPOST AND HAY THAT HIS LITTLE ROUND TURDS HAVE CHANGE TO LARGE MUSHY COW LIKE DROPPINGS AND IT STICKS TO HIS BUTT AND UPPER LEGS .IS THIS CAUSED BY CHANGE OF DIET? HE WAS PINNED UP ALL WINTER WITH A SMALL HERD AND FED HAY DAILY.I REALLY LOVE HIM AND HIS MOMMA MY SIX YEAR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER IS JUST CRAZY ABOUT HIM.
CONCERNED ABOUT BILLY.
COUNCILWOMEN JUDI OVERSON


Lazyhorse    Posted 04-04-2001 at 05:04:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like the other posts have said goats are very enjoyable, extremely curious, but also very destructive. Ours walk right through electric fence like it's not there, if they have horns they will destroy buildings et. We were gone for a weekend once and came home to find our homes vinyl siding had been removed up as high as the goats could reach their horns. If you keep them entertained and active they are very enjoyable pets.


carrie    Posted 11-20-2004 at 10:25:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i was thinking of a pigmie goat for a pet, can they be house broken? are they as stupid as people say?


Tom A    Posted 04-04-2001 at 03:03:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We keep 'full size' goats, but do a lot of reading on goats in general. Pygmies are really just dwarf strains of goat, so our exerience should be similar.

Except for our oroginal 2 does, we've raised all our goats. They are friendly and docile, sometimes too smart. They love people. Several are jealous of our cats, but don't do any harm--just butt them away when they judge that the cats are getting too much attention. We tend to think of the goats as very smart dogs...good pets. We basically hand raise them, though, so they are well socialized with people and all our other critters. Great milk, though you must handle it carefully (cool it down very quick) or it starts to spoil within hours (picks up an 'off' taste)...if you handle it right it tastes as good as fresh, creamy cows milk.

Tom


Dave M    Posted 04-03-2001 at 16:29:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
One of my best friends had a pigmy goat when I was a kid (no pun intended). It was no trouble when it was small, but became quite a handful when it was mature. By the time it was three or four years old it escaped regularly and would eat anything (e.g. neighbors cherry tree, pssy willows, etc.). I do not know if it was neutered, and if that had any bearing on the situation.


Okie-Dokie    Posted 04-03-2001 at 17:36:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have one pygmie goat. A left over from when the grand kids lived with us. It thinks it runs the place, or the place runs just for him. He has been casterated, disbudded, & the scent glands removed. He runs with the cattle full time, except when he notices some one heading towards the feed shed. He causes no harm, but he can be a pain in the neck sometimes.


hogman    Posted 04-04-2001 at 03:41:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
We raised them ,they are cute, they do a lot of things to make You laugh,they are intertaining,etc&etc and it was also a very happy day when the last one was loaded and gone gone gone!
They are natures ultimate escape artist! Would assume living in town about the time it gets through eating Your neighbors flowers and starts dancing on the roof of thier car/pu for the umpteenth time You will not look on tha wee critter as bein quit so enjoyable......Our nearest neighbor is 3/4 miles away so it was only our vehicles with dimpled roofs etc.
If you do get one and it's a billy better make sure it was casterated young and well!!!!! They give a whole new meaning to nasty !!!!! On the other hand,one family we sold some to just love'em,but they live way out ,(more ways than one).keep at least ten dogs and cats in the house plus a bunch more outdoors.Figured on income from raising them for pets. What tha heck? "They" bought'em.. If You have good ,proper (they can climb) fences,chain link would be good as they can stick thier heads thru most any hole,just can never get back out ,get one or two or. Have fun......


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