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Pygmy Goat Question
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EIEIO    Posted 11-02-2002 at 16:20:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know a few of you out there have Pygmy Goats so maybe you can help me. When I went out tonight to feed the critters, I put Samson(goat) & Peep(sheep) in their "bedroom", it is a separate pen in the barn that is safe from all night predators. Anyway it looks as if Samson is just a head, four legs, and a barrel. I knew she was getting fat and cut back on her feed. I know she is not pregnant so could it possibly be worms or am I still feeding her too much. She grazes during the day and at night I give them some sheep food and corn. How much should the pygmys weigh, from the top of her head, not including horns, to the ground she is about 24". Unless they get fat in the winter, I have no idea. Thanks for the help!!


larry and pamela@canyonla    Posted 04-03-2004 at 18:09:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
can anyone answer a question for me,
we have a male and a femalepygmy goats and together she just gave birth to two males .4 weeks old now ,when can we let the two grownups back together after birth? we tried a couple of times and both times the male chased the female around and she was hollering and getting the two kids upset so we seperated them again but the male is very lonley and wants to be back together with the others.should we just let all them be together and see what happens or is there a specific time to wait .each time we let them all be together the male has not been abusive to the kids,it's just the female who starts hollering and getting the kids upset.


Goater/SE TX    Posted 11-03-2002 at 05:39:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Pygmy does weigh about 55 lbs with wethers and bucks up to 80 lbs.They have a wide barrel and look a little like a tank with legs.
Sheep food doesn't have copper in it and goats need a little copper. You can get a mineral block that has copper in it or you can feed them a loose mineral that has copper. We use Sweet Lix and that works pretty well. They don't really need the corn just their 'chow', good hay, minerals (block or loose with copper), some baking soda and browse.
These sites have real good information on goats:

http://www.fiascofarm.com/goats/index.htm

http://www.saanendoah.com/

Hope it helps.


Tammy E TX    Posted 11-02-2002 at 21:13:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I want one!!! someone tell DJ please...haha


LH    Posted 11-03-2002 at 06:42:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tammy if you really want a pygmy goat, give me till spring kidding time and I'll get you a couple. I suggest you get a pair so they entertain each other, and they can also mate so you get the little ones which are adorable.


Tammy E-TX    Posted 11-03-2002 at 10:21:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ok LH...I will do that, I think they are so cute and I just want them for pets...well, really I guess everything we have are pets, even the longhorns would come in the house if I would open the door for them! We did buy two donkeys that are the wildest things I have ever saw..but, we are working on that! I have these little treats that are made out of apples/carrots and they are coming within 2" of me so that is better then....the 12 feet that I started with! It helps I guess that we locked them up in the pen so they have to get use to us?? It is so much fun making pets!


Ana    Posted 11-02-2002 at 18:41:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got six pygmies and they've put on their winter weight and winter coats too. They all look PG right now, though they are not. I've been told mine are too fat too, but then so is my dog. I do worm them periodically, keep salts and minerals, and fresh water that doesn't freeze. Of course, you know they hate rain, so a shelter is necessary. Aren't they a riot!


EIEIO    Posted 11-02-2002 at 19:47:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are the funniest things ever, Samson always brings a laugh to my heart, especially his dance of joy. Only thing is Samson and Peep both like the rain - don't ask. I've read that goats and sheep do not like the rain but these two are weird. The do have an openening door to get into the barn from the pasture so it is not like they are left outside they will go outside and run around than run back in. Beats me.


DebR in MT    Posted 11-02-2002 at 17:35:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have two wethered pygmy goats (so I know they're not expecting). They also look like barrels with legs. They get special goat food during the winter but had mostly just weeds and grass in the summer. They've always been that way and seem to act fine. I'd be interested to know too if that's the way they're supposed to be. One person told me it was from too much grain. Stay warm!


Hogman    Posted 11-02-2002 at 17:47:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have posted this befor but but People of My age are EXPECTED to repeat themselves assuming They can remember what it was to begin with.

We bought a pygmy nanny that was due at any moment,looked like a whole litter in'er,could see feet move along Her sides,Vet looked at Her and said "any moment". After a Year or so We just renamed Her "PERMAPREG". After a coupla years or more We sold Her. Told tha people She was not with child but were not believed. That was several years agone and I wonder assumin She is still alive how many folks have bought Her,locked Her up and rushed out tha next mornin expectin ta see a whole litter'a Kids.


DeadCarp    Posted 11-02-2002 at 16:29:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
As long as she's flicking her tail & leaving a regular trail of M&Ms, she's fine. Pygmy goats may not get real hungry, but they do like boys and it only takes once! Congratulations - I'd be thinking about where to put the unexpected kid. :)


EIEIO    Posted 11-02-2002 at 16:36:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
We don't have any male goats, only male out there is our Pyr and he is now a eunuch as of last week. We took him to the Vets when he tried getting too friendly with Samson(goat). She is flicking her tail and those M&M's keep right on coming.


LH    Posted 11-02-2002 at 16:34:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
You ought to worm them regularly, I use Ivomec injectable I spoil my critters too, but they don't need special sheep or goat chow in all honesty. Just grass, hay, and a little grain (shelled corn) is sufficient, plenty of water and a salt and mineral block.


EIEIO    Posted 11-02-2002 at 16:39:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I guess I will deworm her, can I use the same thing for the sheep. They have plenty of water and salt which I hammer off the salt lick into pieces so that they have an easy snack. I don't have a mineral block though, don't know what that is.


LH    Posted 11-02-2002 at 16:55:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep use the same wormer on all your ruminants. MAKE Them Work to lick the salt or mineral blocks, its good excersize for them. Dang yuppie city girl wannabe farmer!!! They's critters not chillens LOL.


EIEIO    Posted 11-02-2002 at 18:45:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
They isn't critters, ifn I don't eat them they is my chillens. Thanks regarding the worm medication will get it. Where do I inject it? I have given my sheep injections when she was bad off with leg injuries I can do it. Thanks


Hogman*** just a salt block loaded up with    Posted 11-02-2002 at 16:51:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
all sorts of minerals'n stuff. No biggy, Thats about all I use for salt here on tha rockpile. Theres red'n yeller which same has sulpher which is good for some things I recon. I only use tha red'uns.

Stray ever come back?


EIEIO    Posted 11-02-2002 at 16:59:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
We use the red un's. Yeah I am doing something right. Whenever I do something right I always feel a little less a "greenhorn".

My little stray never came back and we checked around. Maybe she found her way home, at least I hope so. It was in the morning because she ran into the side pasture and when I went out she was gone. The pasture is near the road so I know a coyote didn't get her cuz I always see the coyotes in the back pasture by the trees. In fact the chickens, ducks, and barn cats won't even go behind the barns anymore.
I drove the roads and didn't see anything. I sure hope she is okay because it has gotten mighty cold and wet, wet, wet out there.
I worry about the chickens now because they just keep walking around with no regard to the cold or the rain. I know the ducks are okay but those chickens give me a worry. Plus they are eating like they are starving when I feed them at night. So much to learn, so little time, but we are trying.


Hogman*** Sorry bout tha Pup    Posted 11-02-2002 at 17:14:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
We could all tell You was already attached to tha little wart. B T D T too many times,I do feel for Ya.

Re tha block, jest a matter'uv samatiks an I'd recon You are already doin more things right'un what Ya give Yourself credit for. Got no call ta hang Your hewad ever......

A point ta ponder "Just because You do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in You."
Pericles (430 B.C.)



007*** EI LEST YA SET UP ALL NIGHT    Posted 11-02-2002 at 17:36:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
wonderin what a hewad is ,It's a head. Recon I'd oughta wread what Ise writ afor postin It for others ta wread?


EIEIO    Posted 11-02-2002 at 18:20:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
The scary thing is I knew what you were talking about. Maybe I have been on this board too long!!
I don't think so!!!


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