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Post by jwscal1996 on Fri May 08, 2009 10:52 am

Well I’m by no means a goat expert and I was a little reluctant to get goats when Katrina asked me but as I started looking into them I found they were relatively easy to raise. We chose the pygmy goats because of their size. We got lucky and got a nanny and two kids (3mths old). Now the kids are almost as big a mom they are almost 6mths old now. We have a couple of acres but opted to limit their territory to a small area by our chicken house. They seem very happy and content but they get very upset when you go outside and don’t come to visit. We have a two story Barn shaped shed (like you can buy from Home Depot) ours was modified to twice the length and they added a lean off one side the length of the shed. All and all it approximately 1000sq ft, mostly full of junk but I was able to modify a closet and under the stairs for the goats. This gives them a way to get out of the weather and gives us a piece of mind at night because we can lock them in. I haven’t mastered the cleaning yet. For now I have a tarp on the floor and cover it with hay. About once a week I drag the tarp by the corners out and dump, rinse and relay with fresh hay. It seems to do the trick. We also keep the food and hay inside. The water stays out and is refreshed regularly. They don’t like stuff floating in the trough. The kids are a hoot. They stay close to mom but love to play. We’ve built a kid playground for them with tri level platforms and a small teeter totter. They all seem to like the top level and spend a lot of time sunning up there.

Please share your goat experiences.

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Post by beccachow on Fri May 08, 2009 11:54 am

Hey, Just Kidding, how big are your pygmys? Mine are almost 7 months old and still waaay small! The only other goat I have to compare them with is an angora/pygmy cross and he is pretty big. Mine only weigh about 20, 25 pounds tops. But they are perfectly healthy, active and eat well. Yours are similar in age, how much do yours weigh (best guesstimate)?
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Post by Parsons Wife on Fri May 08, 2009 10:09 pm

We started with goats four years ago. A neighbor of my mil gave us two bottle fed Boer goats which we named Madison and Rosie. We then bought a LaMancha doe (Heidi) and gelding (Amos) that were twins and three months old at the Disaster Relief Auction. The first year we lost Rosie to bloat (I thought I would die). In the fall we were given two beautiful LaMancha does, Sarah and Oreo. After breeding everyone I had a hard time giving up the does, but the boers, including Maddie, got a little butt'ey with the grandsons after giving birth, so we after about a year of having to supervise the grandchildren we sold the boers. Anyway, this spring we lost Sarah and retired Oreo. I was just broken hearted over losing Sarah. Any day now we should have kids with Heidi and yearlings Esther and Ellie. We also acquired a llama to guard the girls from harm. It's worked well, as a GSD came into the lot at one point and you should have seen Archie gathering up his girls. In fear the GSD went to the neighbor next door and killed their chickens, not ours. Anyway, that's our goat life. We have said over and over that if we'd known years ago what we know now we'd have had goats all along. We love them. We always raised beef cattle before. Blessings, Janet
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Post by beccachow on Sat May 09, 2009 1:55 am

Boy janet, iknow the feeling of such heartache as losing a beloved goat. I tried for two months to care for a downed doe before I had to admit she wouldn't get better. I had to have her put down, and it ranks up there as one of the worst days of my life. You know, most of the other worst days involve the loss of pets, too. that is the heartache of pet ownership/livestock ownership...they leave such a hole in your heart.

Anywhooooo...welcome aboard!
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Post by Minelson on Sat May 09, 2009 11:19 am

I got Gretta in Sept 07 and she was pregnant. I did nothing to prepare. Just went and looked at her and brought her home. We are set up for horses so I figured we could handle it. She is a pygmy and was bred to a Nigerian Dwarf. Soooo...using the internet I learned everything I needed to do to prepare for her kidding. Jan 16th she had twins...boy and girl...Frankie & Flossie. Everything went great! whew! I have done so much reading and learning about goats that I know more about them than the Vet I work with. So if there are any questions about goats he looks at me for an answer LOL! I LOVE my goats...just unbelievable how much they mean to me and what they have added to my life. Their personalities crack me up every day. They are so entertaining and loving. So that is their job here since I don't milk or eat goats. Plus Gretta is great guard goat. She scares unwanteds away. Shocked
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