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    12-21-2009, 05:01 PM
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I have some questions about pygmy goats

I want my own farm someday so I can have a bunch of animals, and I'm planning on getting at least 2 goats. I'd like to get a couple of baby ones and raise them (as pets, not to eat!). I don't know anyone who has goats, so I figured this would be the place to ask.

1. How long do they live?

2. How big do pygmy goats get?

3. Do they need their hooves trimmed?

4. Is it safe to put them with horses?

5. What kind of fencing is appropriate for them?

6. Do they need any kind of dental care like horses do?

7. Do they need any special vet care besides vaccinations and check-ups and are there any illnesses that only affect goats?

8. What kind/quality of hay do they need? Can I feed them grass/alfalfa mix that I give my horses?

9. How much grain do they eat every day (they make goat feed, right?)?

I might think of something else later. Thanks in advance!
     
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    12-22-2009, 10:54 AM
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Also, do you spay/neuter gaots or should I get two of the same gender?

And do I have to worry about them running away if they get out of the pasture, or will they stay pretty close to home?
     
    12-23-2009, 08:54 AM
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I prefer Nigerian Dwarves to pygmies. They're roughly the same size. Just something to consider (another breed to research). They're more colorful, too. We have 9 Nigis. We had a pygmy but jsut had to put him to sleep due to urinary calculi :(

They don't get very big, but weigh a good amount for their size, not sure what the typical pygmy weighs. Yes, they need their hooves trimmed. It's easy to do, and your goats' breeder can show you how. I use pruning sheers to do so. Depending on your terrain, they may keep their hooves worn down better or not so much. With horses or not depends on your horse. Many goats and horses make good buddies, some do not. Some goats are very good at getting out (two of mine are!). They can go under, over, or through fences if they can! They only have teeth on the bottom row in the front, interesting huh? ;) But I've never heard of them requiring floating or anything like that. There are several goat illnesses to learn about, such as CL and urinary calculi. Yes, you can feed them the hay. I don't breed my goats, so I only feed hay. Unaltered male goats are smelly and not a great pet, but wethers (nuetered goats) and does (females) are great pets. Wethers are usually a lot cheaper to buy and need great pet homes. Of my 9, 7 are wethers. We have two does just because (1 was in need of a new pet home and the other I just fell in love with her markings and personality). I have two escape goats and they never leave my property, but I'm sure that's because the rest of the goats can't get out, and they are very herd bound. Plus, they have all the hay they want when they get out ;) We also let them loose out of their pen and they love to eat our trees and hay and dont' leave, but we only do this when we're around. For their safety, it's best to keep them confined to your property.
     
    12-23-2009, 12:30 PM
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You trim their hooves yourself? Interesting.
The Nigerian Dwarves are really neat. I love their coloring. I'd like to adopt mine from a rescue if possible. I'd like to have both breeds at some point, too. But that will be a long way down the road. Thank you, that was very helpful. =)
     
    12-25-2009, 05:36 AM
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Yup, it's super easy to trim their hooves. I was very scared at first, and after my second goat's breeder showed me again (first goat's breeder did, too) then I finally felt comfortable enough to try, now it doesnt' scare me.
     
    12-29-2009, 01:36 AM
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I raised Pygmy goats for over ten years, I hope I can be of some help to you!

1. How long do they live? Be prepared to own one for many years, if you get it as a kid; they can live well into their teens...

2. How big do pygmy goats get? 23 inches (well 23 5/8 to be exact, at the tallest. They are generally 35-70 lbs...they are very stout, or should be, but shouldn't be obese, they are a very muscular animal, and come in solid black, black, agouti, and caramel coloring, with little white allowable. They cannot be anything but one of those colors, so when you see a palomino and white Pygmy, or a buckskin colored one, black and tan, etc, it's probably a Nigerian. They should be slightly longer than they are tall...but then this is coming from someone who bred to breed standard. I have seen grade Pygmies very quite alot from the standard, including in height and color. It's just that they probably aren't purebred pygmies when they sway that far from the standard, and when there's no papers to prove they are purebred, you have to assume that they have other breeds in them.

3. Do they need their hooves trimmed? Yes, every 6-8 weeks, and it's really easy to learn how to do yourself.

4. Is it safe to put them with horses? Yes, I've always had goats and horses together. The main thing is that you want a good intro period, where you can watch them interact; some horses like to chase small animals, and you want to make sure that's not going to happen.

5. What kind of fencing is appropriate for them? You will need a woven wire fencing for them. And you want it good and tight, and to the ground; it's also a good idea to put a board near ground level, to keep them from pushing under, and predators like dogs, from digging in. I like to make sure there are boards in the middle of the fence as well, as they like to stand on the fence, and it ruins it if there isn't more holding it there.

6. Do they need any kind of dental care like horses do? Some do, it's always good to check them periodically

7. Do they need any special vet care besides vaccinations and check-ups and are there any illnesses that only affect goats? CAE is probably the most prevelant, so make sure you get them from a herd that's tested free of the illness. They also are susceptable (goats in general) to bloat, and making sure they have free access to Baking soda can help limit

As far as other special care; they should have an annual Clostridium C\D, and Tetanus vaccination. They also need to be wormed every 8 weeks (sometimes more often, sometimes less often; but I wouldn't sway more than 2 weeks on either side). Rotate wormers, and if you live in a 'wetter climate' make certain you worm with something like Valbazene or Ivomec Plus, to ensure they don't fall ill due to Liver Flukes; there is no way of testing for flukes, which is why you just have to worm for them. The only signs of flukes are sudden death, or an animal that loses weight really quickly, and stops eating.

8. What kind/quality of hay do they need? Can I feed them grass/alfalfa mix that I give my horses? Any good mixture type hay will be good for them.

9. How much grain do they eat every day (they make goat feed, right?)?
They usually don't need a whole lot of grain per day...say maybe 1\4 lb. I never grained mine much more than gave it as a 'treat' everyday...Pygmies are very easy keepers
     
    12-30-2009, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Jessabel    
I want my own farm someday so I can have a bunch of animals, and I'm planning on getting at least 2 goats. I'd like to get a couple of baby ones and raise them (as pets, not to eat!). I don't know anyone who has goats, so I figured this would be the place to ask.

1. How long do they live?
I breed/own/raise Boer, they live up to 13 years (or more).

2. How big do pygmy goats get?
I have a Pygmy buck that is over 185 pounds!

3. Do they need their hooves trimmed?
YES YES YES!

4. Is it safe to put them with horses?
Yes, but they should have their own area, to escape if needed.

5. What kind of fencing is appropriate for them?
Anything. I have wielded wire.

6. Do they need any kind of dental care like horses do?
Not that I know of.

7. Do they need any special vet care besides vaccinations and check-ups and are there any illnesses that only affect goats?
No special check ups, and I'm not sure, except like illnesses born within kids. I suggest you get some books on that.
8. What kind/quality of hay do they need? Can I feed them grass/alfalfa mix that I give my horses?I don't think Alfalfa is too good for goats 24/7.. I feed Orchard Grass and free turnout to pasture/woods. They are BROWSERS NOT GRAZERS. More related to a deer than a horse. They also DO NOT have horse stomachs, they have a ruminant 'stomach', like a cow.

9. How much grain do they eat every day (they make goat feed, right?)?
They don't need grain, but it all depends on weight.

I might think of something else later. Thanks in advance!
I hope this all helps (: Also.. You can 'geld' a male goat, castration. The buck is then called a wether. But you can get two does. I suggest you not to get bucks, I ended up with two, and two wethers :P.
     
    01-01-2010, 11:16 PM
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Thank you everyone!
     
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