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post #1 of 35 Old 09-05-2008, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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I really want a goat as a pet. Like one of the pygmy ones or a nigerian dwarf. There so adorable. Does anyone have anything theyd like to share/say about them?
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I love goats! We only have one right now and he's a pygmy cross. He only gets locked in his pen when we aren't home. The rest of the time he just wanders around our property like one of the dogs. He's extremely attached to me and follows me everywhere.

I don't know many people who really like goats (my husband included) because they can be kind of destructive and they can be escape artists. Because I let ours roam free I'm not able to have nice flowers and bushes because he eats them and I have to sweep our deck regularly of goat berries because that's where he likes to hang out most of the day. He's great in the fall though, because he eats the dead leaves and weeds.

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I love goats! We only have one right now and he's a pygmy cross. He only gets locked in his pen when we aren't home. The rest of the time he just wanders around our property like one of the dogs. He's extremely attached to me and follows me everywhere.

I don't know many people who really like goats (my husband included) because they can be kind of destructive and they can be escape artists. Because I let ours roam free I'm not able to have nice flowers and bushes because he eats them and I have to sweep our deck regularly of goat berries because that's where he likes to hang out most of the day. He's great in the fall though, because he eats the dead leaves and weeds.

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I really want one as a house pet. Do they need to get there feet done like horses??
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i really want one as a house pet. Do they need to get there feet done like horses??
Yes, but you can easily do it yourself. I use an old pair of Pampered Chef kitchen shears.

Oh, I also give him a tetanus/anti-bloat vaccine once a year.

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i really want one as a house pet. Do they need to get there feet done like horses??
Yes, but you can easily do it yourself. I use an old pair of Pampered Chef kitchen shears.

Oh, I also give him a tetanus/anti-bloat vaccine once a year.
hmmmm......i wonder if it would be easy for me to clip his hooves. I can't believe how cheap some of the nigerian and mini goats are.
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Yeah, you can get a wether (that's a castrated male) fairly cheap. That's what I would recommend as opposed to a doe or buck. I would also recommend getting a kid over an adult.

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Yeah, you can get a wether (that's a castrated male) fairly cheap. That's what I would recommend as opposed to a doe or buck. I would also recommend getting a kid over an adult.
yeah that's what I was planning on getting since there cheaper ($50-$75) and I thought theyd be better. Can they sleep in a cage, like a big dog crate? And be taken out during the day? He would be a house pet (cuz technically we can't have farm animals, but we had a pig so...) and I just LOVE dwarf goats so I would be afraid something would get him outside.
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GOATS ARE NOT HOUSE PETS.... that's all I really have to say.. Mine are so annoying and destructive that I really want to sell them but Mom will not let me. :roll:
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Their fat bellies and then their teeny weeny poopie balls make me laugh. But in the house? Hell no, I'd rather have 100 puppies, It would be less destructive.

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