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    02-21-2012, 08:19 PM
  #21
Weanling
I love my mini nubians. I may someday milk them. When I find the time (I know there is some around her somewhere).
Right now I'm just starting my herd but looking for quality goats with big names. Luckily I found someone with lots of info and a willingness to share. That I think is the most important, find someone willing to tell you everything you need to know and doesn't mind an email every five minutes because a new question came into your head. :) My favorite thing about these guys is the ease of care. My two boys are staying in the back yard currently. They get a handful of hay and have goat vitamins available at all times. They also get the occasional goat treat. They are fat and sassy. My girl gets a goat grain since she's pregnant, but cost wise... these guys are a whole lot cheaper than the horses :)

Here are my darlings. The two together are my bucks, brothers and the full black is a pregnant doe. I'll be purchasing at least one more unrelated bucklings. And two unrelated doelings.
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    02-21-2012, 08:37 PM
  #22
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They are extremely cute, Crossover! :)
     
    02-21-2012, 11:01 PM
  #23
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
They are extremely cute, Crossover! :)
Thanks!! I love them so much and they are VERY entertaining.

The white with black boy is Dutch and the black with white is Dexter. The doe is Kaarina.

Our farm name with the AGS is Tricksters.... I'm going to have so much fun picking out registered names for these babies.
     
    02-22-2012, 08:24 AM
  #24
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Originally Posted by Crossover    
Thanks!! I love them so much and they are VERY entertaining.

The white with black boy is Dutch and the black with white is Dexter. The doe is Kaarina.

Our farm name with the AGS is Tricksters.... I'm going to have so much fun picking out registered names for these babies.
Very cute Nigerians!

I love coming up with the names each kidding season. Beyond the breeder ID portion of a name, the sky is the limit!
I have one line of does that are named after trees and flowers (Lock's Wispy Willow Blossoms) and another line of does that are named after fruit
(Lock's Kizzy Winesap)
     
    02-22-2012, 08:50 AM
  #25
Green Broke
Kitten the awesome thing is, that most of the bigger goats can be used as pack animals for hiking, or even to pull wagons. That's why I got my kiko bucks, I got them wethered so I could keep them with my pygmy nanny. I LOVE my pygmy nanny, she loves to walk on a leash, and go to the park. She also loves to ride in the car in my lap and hang her head out the window like a dog. She is funniest thing EVER. And loves me to death. My biggest kiko buck has learned tricks, he we'll stand on his hind legs (taller then me and I am 5'1!) and he is only 10 months old! He is one of the biggest goats i've ever seen. But I love him to death. Plus kiko's are one of the bigger breeds and super hardy!

I have heard the obeheralis breed are the best for packing and pulling! Plus they are head turning!
     
    02-22-2012, 10:15 AM
  #26
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Folks, but how do you transport them (to the park and all)? The horse trailer seems to be too huge to haul just one goat. :)
     
    02-22-2012, 10:33 AM
  #27
Green Broke
Most people buy a goat trailer which is a really small trailer like a horse trailer. Others put crates large enough to hold them. In the backs of their trucks. For my pygmy I just hold her on my lap as she is about the size of a beagle. I know when I got my big kiko bucks wethered, we had no way of transporting them so put a thing made for dogs over the seats so they wouldn't get them dirty and we hauled them in the back seats, they just laid down and road fine. But I wouldn't suggest that. We were just desperately needing them wethered and had no other way to get them there.
     
    02-22-2012, 10:52 AM
  #28
Green Broke
I have no desire to haul my goats anywhere so for the trip home, I put the year old goat in my Mastiff's dog crate (she looked lost in there!) and the baby goat rode in my lap. I was afraid to put the baby with her for fear she could trample him if she got scared during the ride.

After the hour ride home, I can't say I ever want to do that again (the baby squirmed the entire time) but it worked. Next time, I'd get a 2nd dog crate.
     
    02-22-2012, 11:11 AM
  #29
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I've hauled them many different ways, like mentioned above.
Babies on my lap (or tucked inside my coat for the really little ones.)
Young goats in smaller crates in the back seat.
In various dog crates, sized appropriately, in the truck bed when the weather has been nice, in the horse trailer for bad weather, and even in the back seat of the truck. Not reccommended though, they don't take kindly to seat belts.

I was taking a full sized doe to be bred several years ago before I owned my own buck. The road I had to traverse needed a 4X4 to get up it and was too trecherous to even think about taking a trailer up in winter. It was also too dangerous to try the crate in the back method either, and freezing cold wind + goat = sick goat as they can't take the cold wind.
So I folded down the back seats (they fold flat like the back of a suv or mini van) spread a tarp out (for moisture control) and covered with an old blanket.
A friend drove while I held the goat in the back. Many goats will lay down while in motion, but some will try to jump up front and do the driving. That's why it is not reccommended without help!
Like horses or dogs, some love car trips, others hate them.
I've also hauled them and my alpacas (not together though) in the back of my SUV.
Boy the looks I get when traveling down the road with alpacas is hilarious.
No body can figure out what the heck kind of dog is that??!
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    02-22-2012, 12:04 PM
  #30
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Lol! Thanks, folks! Because I was wondering how to transport the babies home if I get them. Taking a big horse trailer for 2 tiny kids just doesn't make any sense. I have dog crates though, but I like the lap idea better (and yes, there will be 2 or 3 of us going).

BTW, I used to commute to NYC and back to MD (I was living on "2 places"), and my dog and cat were driving with me every time. The cat usually on my lap, and the dog was always sitting on front seat all road long. The workers at the gas station I used to stop at (DE/NJ line) always got out to look at them sitting in car (while I was visiting a store or bathroom).
     

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