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    12-22-2013, 12:28 AM
I don't currently have any goats, I used to have a Nubian wether, got him to be my horse's companion. They hated each other lol. Found him a new home where he got to be with a huge herd of other goats. Sometime in the next year, I am looking at getting a few goats. I really want to have milking goats, and I can't have a huge herd (nor would I need that much milk), but I'm looking forward to having a few goats around. Been doing some research so I can figure out what the best breeds are for what I want, and how many I should get. I can't wait!! As soon as I start looking at prospective goats I'll start posting pics!
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    12-22-2013, 12:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Zexious    
^Out of curiosity, are the pompoms to keep him from poking anyone on accident?
Yep!! You're right.
I've seen him, accidentally, almost stick a horn up Lacey's nose/stab Hazel through the belly/stab Lacey in the belly...all kinds of things that were so horrifying something hard to be done.
I've read that some goat keepers put a stick between their horned goats horns and duct tape each horn to the stick - I tried that and found that the stick seemed to act like braces on his horns.....and I didn't really like that. So tennis balls it is!

Most dairy breed goats are disbudded at a few weeks old so they won't grow horns [and are therefore easier+safer to work closely with]...but they planned on eating Atti so he got to keep his "manly" horns. Eventually I guess his horns should end up a solid couple of feet long and maybe even twirl at the tips!
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    12-22-2013, 11:24 AM
Originally Posted by Zexious    
So. Cute.

If ever I had land, I'd be totally down to get a goat. Are they good 'pets'? (Probably not the right word...) They seem smart. And cute.

Wallaby--I. Love. Atticus'. Pompoms.
I'd definitely suggest if you add goats to your family, you get two rather than one! Even the most human oriented goat does best with another goat for company. And two don't cost much more than one (unlike a horse, hah!).

And yes, they make fantastic pets. Very dog-like, and as Wallaby has demonstrated, easy to train. I use clickers to train mine, and when I have a treat, I have their complete attention. They snuggle, play, and follow the humans they trust. In fact, during the spring, summer, and fall, I just open up the gates and go for a 'walk' with my herd. They follow me (loose, no leads) to the best browse. They love having the extra space to run and play, but don't stray far from me. So when it is time to go back into their fenced area, I just want back there and in they go.
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    12-22-2013, 11:42 AM
Wallaby--How interesting! Do they grow all his life?
I'm learning so much :<

Yooper--That is adorable! And you have so many!
Do you have a favorite?
    12-22-2013, 07:13 PM
Originally Posted by Zexious    
^Out of curiosity, are the pompoms to keep him from poking anyone on accident?

That is great to know! I'm sure certain breeds have different personality "types"... I'd want something tiny and cute .___.
Nigerians are tiny and cute! I would love to have some for pets but my big girls would bully them too much! I just about get mauled going in the pasture with treats in my pockets, and they all outweigh me too lol.
    12-22-2013, 07:36 PM
^/Runs off to google! Thankie! XD <3
    12-23-2013, 10:30 AM
Originally Posted by Zexious    
Yooper--That is adorable! And you have so many!
Do you have a favorite?
They are all my favorites, hah! They each have a difference personality, so I love them as individuals.

Originally Posted by horseluver250    
Nigerians are tiny and cute! I would love to have some for pets but my big girls would bully them too much! I just about get mauled going in the pasture with treats in my pockets, and they all outweigh me too lol.
NDs can actually hold their own pretty well! I know a gal who keeps boers and Nigerian Dwarves, and the little uns are not at the bottom of the herd hierarchy! When I kept a boer wether (he's now chilling in the freezer, yum!) he was never pushy with any of the Nigerians. Though a wether might be a bit more relaxed than a boer herd queen. My ND Yoko was a herd queen amid LaMancha does at her last home, bossing around girls much larger than herself!

Though it depends on the goat, too.
    12-23-2013, 10:31 AM
^Like a good goat-mom should ;D
    12-23-2013, 10:33 AM
Mine definitely wouldn't be nice to the little ones! Maggie was herd queen even when we had the 40 goats, she's a bit of a horrible goat lol!
    12-28-2013, 10:36 AM
Ron and Luna are the names of the two Nigoras. And they are in the best home I could ever imagine. Basically, whenever anyone is home, the two goats are out and playing with the children and adults. The parents actually wanted the goats as much as the children! Which makes for a perfect home with lots of love and devotion. The human kids are excited about the goats still as they day they came home. They're definitely members of the family!

These pictures were taken by their family. Though I will be going over to visit tomorrow to give 'em a hoof trim for them.

Their winter coats are so fluffy!

Goats like cowboy sledding as much as human kids! They were all having a blast, it looks like!

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