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        12-28-2013, 10:40 AM
    Green Broke
    ^ .___. So. Cute.
    Hmmm...how do I explain to boyfriend I'm getting a goat... xD
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        12-28-2013, 04:11 PM
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    LOL...you don't.
    You just do it and leave the rest up to the goat.
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        12-28-2013, 06:18 PM
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    Originally Posted by Zexious    
    Wallaby--How interesting! Do they grow all his life?
    I'm learning so much :<
    Sorry! I forgot to respond

    I thiiiiink [hope??!] they slow down at a certain point. Not sure when that point is though...

    I know Hazel's, my older goat, horns grow almost imperceptibly slowly - she has some pretty significant horn "issues" though, and I'm not sure how that influences her growth.
        12-28-2013, 07:36 PM
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    Originally Posted by Wallaby    
    Sorry! I forgot to respond

    I thiiiiink [hope??!] they slow down at a certain point. Not sure when that point is though...
    Yes, they will slow down once he hits maturity. He's still a teenager.
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        12-29-2013, 01:11 AM
    Green Broke
    I have a couple Nigerian Dwarf goats. The breeder only had a single wether so he gave me a female, that had miscarried several times in a row, to keep him company.

    They're both de-horned and basically funky-looking dogs who love to have their ears scratched. They live under the back porch (they have a perfectly good goat house and pen but they act like it's the pit of hell and I got tired of putting them back in it 99x a day). My whole property is fenced and safe so if they want to live under the porch like a dog, they can live under the porch!

    They steal protein cakes and hay from the cows, share the horse's auto-waterer and munch on scratch with the chickens. They are wider than they are long and people think I'm a liar when I say I don't feed them.
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        01-25-2014, 10:27 AM
    We're down to only three goats right now. Alyssa, our ADGA Alpine doe is our only milker but she produces more than we know what to do with. She has a Mini Alpine/Pygmy cross friend, Saved, a doeling out of one of our former does. And #3 is a ADGA French Alpine buck.

    Saved is a 10 months old now and she is best buddies with her bunny friend, Kim. Kim follows saved everywhere. At night Alyssa, Saved and Kim curl up in the corner of their stall in the barn. Its adorable!

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        01-25-2014, 11:35 AM
    Green Broke
    ^The spotty goats! Bah. So cute.

    Do goats get along with all animals? I've heard so many times that they make good companions for horses, and now bunnies too!? XD
        01-25-2014, 01:11 PM
    My goats love everyone!

    They are super friendly, we've had 11 goats total in the past three years and haven't come across a mean one yet. They would be such great pets for kids because you literally cannot insult or annoy a goat. And with proper fences all of the horror stories about goats getting loose, jumping on cars and causing public disturbances can be completely avoided, I have never had a loose goat.

    Our does live with 15 chickens and a bunny. They are fascinated by the cats and cool with dogs that they know. I have a great guard dog that keeps other dogs & predators out of my goat/hen/bunny house so everyone is safe. When Alyssa is on the milking stand hens frequently try to steal her grain, everyone gets along.

    I did have two bucks but cut back on everything and now with just the buck he gets a little lonely separated off. Lucky for him, his goat pasture is in the horses pasture and Zion, our Perch/TB colt, visits with him every day. They are great buddies.

    Saved was a C-section baby (we had to put her mom down before she was due to kid) and so she was bottle raised in the house for the first couple of weeks. She was best buddies with my dachshund and oh-so-fun to have inside. We will be pulling Alyssa's kids this year, looking forward to raising more bottle babies in the house.

    Hubby even loved it - not sure that he loves my having photo proof of this though ;)
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        01-27-2014, 05:08 PM
    I know of a very friendly male goat ( castrated) in Northern California looking for a good home. If anyone is interested, please let me know!

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