So! My family and I have wanted fainting goats for a long time LOL My mother is always loving them, and before...issues, we'll say someone very much disagreed but...not to get into that. Anyhow.
I found ads with fainting goats! $85 dollars. Of course my mother was over the moon and very much excited, so of course I had to call the lady and ask if there were still any available (the ad was a few weeks old.) She said the guy who owns them (I assume her husband, since later she called back and asked if we could wait a bit, since he had to take their sick dog to the vet), said he'd was on his way and would call. We're very much excited. The goat would be in our backyard, but I'm not sure if it's very fit for goats, first...for one, it's chainlink? Very sturdy, but we're going to be changing that soon. We have a shed that can be converted (it was built, but never used.)
Does anyone know how dogs are with goats? The friend I've mentioned a few times, Kat, and I have dogs and she comes over regularly with her german shepherd so hesitant on that (I have an australian shepherd.) But the stay in our backyard would be temporary, since the goat would then be moved to the place down the road where we get free boarding (or will, once we've find a dang perfect horse for us! :( the one I also mentioned before, Remington, he was sold...) and Jennifer, the friend, has had goats before but she had to sell them because of economy. Therefore, we would be primary caretakers, just like with the horse when we get one. Which we don't mind. Her house is about two minutes, quite literally, from here; perhaps five or six walking.
Any tips? :D Jennifer has told us a lot about them, and she adores them. She was pretty much gushing, and said she wished she could have kept the ones she had. I'd have to ask more about her fencing, but I'd love to hear from people here about them! I hear they're amazing companions, and we also want one because while we are waiting to find that perfect horse, she has an old mare, Dolly. I'd hate to get a horse, and then Dolly dies :( She's a bit...not good of late, and we're worried. I know goats like herds, and I'd prefer a doe but I wouldn't mind a wethered male, either. They are sickly (LOL) adorable. I wanted to just drive there and steal them up right then and there!
I had a male fainting goat, he died recently but I do have two kids by him. The nanny we bred him to is not a fainting goat and even though my male was registered neither of the kids have fainted. They are almost two months old now. Great little guys though..Ferdi, my male, was a fantasic pet, I don't think he ever knew he wasn't a dog. He never stayed in a pen though, he would stay with the dogs (a lab and a pit bull) in the yard. He slept in the garage with the dogs and would try to come in the house.. One thing that is SOO true..They will literally eat anything, Ferdi had to relocate to my Papa's when he literally started eating the drywall in the garage. He would tear it with his horn then bite the torn piece and ripe a big strip off of the wall. Goats will also jump on anything. Make sure you don't put anything like a shed or building near the fence line, they will jump on it and over the fence..If they don't just jump the fence if it isn't high enough.
All in all though, they do make fantastic pets and if you take the time to let the goats and dog get used to each other they should be fine.. Ferdi would head butt the dogs if they weren't looking though..
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as for good with dogs and what not it all depends on the dog. my neighbors have 3 dogs a beagle, newfoundland, and lab and they all do fine and ignore the goats but there sons dog who is a border collie chases them and herds them... which is funny in the sense the goats literally fall over but after a while it does get annoying and bothersome...so when you introduce the dogs make sure you teach them from the beginning to not chase them so it saves you the hassle later on.
as for fencing and what not... the fainting goats my neighbor has are like homing goats lol. if they escape they wont go more then 20 ft from there pen. they have wooden fencing with the chain link attached to it to eliminate everyday escapes. they get feed 3 times a day and get lots of bedding... i have found out they love to curl up on the straw when they are tired.
i usually take one or two of the older goats and put them in with my horses and they do fien with them..but then again it all depends on the horses attitude... my guys are pretty chill with random animals in there field with them.
as for care i find them very easy to care for but i personally like the intact males... i have been around 3 different ones and found them to be extremly social not something i would leave little kids around of course but they always seemed to get attached quicker to the human then the does. but my theory was that doe's always regretted us seperating them from there babies..but i know thats not true lol
hope get one they are fun little devils :p
Sorry to hear about your boy dying! Do you have pictures? I just love how frilly they appear, too. LOL I was reading about that!! About how they eat quite a lot, and would prefer though to eat up (hanging leaves, which you should see this tree we have in our backyard, oh jeez...we were gonna chop the limbs off because it literally drags to the ground and the leaves are practically resting on the ground now, but if we get a goat perhaps not!) than down (grass.) I wasn't sure on exactly WHAT they eat. I know they can eat grass and leaves and that rosebushes are a good favorite. Eeek about the shed! It's not very close to the fence, really...beside the shed (it's a bit small, but not much), it's kind of...er..not sure how to explain it. More than a couple feet from the left side of the fence, and between that space is a LOT of plants. Kinda makes me mad because we just mowed the backyard and the front lawn a few weeks ago. Already as tall as our knees again. Ugh. It's so annoying stepping in dog crap because you can't see it! AND we can the yard regularly. Anyway, HAHA. They sounds like something my Australian Shepherd would do, actually. He's only a puppy and a mix of a Border Collie (Kat gave him to me), but very energetic and loves to play. I have a feeling he should be easy enough to teach. Now the German Shepherd, eek. He's a hardhead. It might take a few weeks to get him used to the goat, and perhaps we can use the fence to have them sniff each other a couple times. He just rough-house plays a lot, which I don't mind, because it toughens my dog up! But with baby goats...
Aw man that is adorable! Have you ever seen all of them just fall over at the same time? LOL And I was also wondering, is it (quite literally) hereditary? I was going to ask the guy when we went to see them Saturday...are they literally born that way? You just say BOO and they fall?? x)
I expect that is what my Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix will do! He does like to run in circles around people already. That'll be quite the joy! I'll definitely keep that in mind :) Poor goats. My mother was joking about how we could make money with having people come see them, but they have to pay to see them fall over! It was quite hilarious.
Do goats even have that home-instinct like cats and dogs? I heard skunks (the domesticated ones...I would actually like one, one day! No joke!) and other exotic pets like ferrets and such can't find their ways home like dogs and cats can. We live by a busy road, so that is also frightening. Kat recently had a dog die on the road...quite upsetting. Which is also what makes me nervous hearing about such escape artists the little fellows are. I haven't had any problem with my dogs escaping (a few times), but they've never wandered toward the road. Mostly because my mother has made sure they fear it, haha. It sounds mean, but we wanted them to know that it's NOT a good thing to go near the road by our house. Any other ones we deem safe, they're okay with, but the one near our house we make sure they hate/fear it. In any case, they disliked it before because it's so loud. I wish the speed limit was lower than it is.
ANYWAY, we kind of have a sandy/dirt backyard in a few patches, is that even okay for them? I wasn't sure. We plan to try to get grass to grow there, because it looks so...ugh. But for temporary housing, wasn't positive. But the shed is a nice little thing for a goat. Though the floor is concrete, it's easy to clean (when it storms just about everything gets in there! lol bugs, leaves, you name it. Scary, really) so cleaning bedding would be little to no problem.
True, true. Dolly is quite the laid-back mare, really. She was mostly just a pasture animal with light riding for Jennifer's six year old daughter until recently it became too much. Jennifer actually got her for free, which is what we MIGHT do (the vet office offers free horses for those who are given to them/need to be adopted out with certified vet checks.) I'm quite sure Dolly would be all right, but still cautious to too much change for her at the stage she's in right now.
Oh really?? I love them all, but adored the does (from what I've seen anyway.) Pfft you might be surprised what grudges animals keep ;) Reminds me of when we boarded our dog...he didn't forgive us for WEEKS.
not sure if goats have a home instinct but they do know where they get feed the good stuff just like horses and cows... we have also put them out tied with a harness so they could be outside in unfenced in area... especially for the young ones
any ground is fine just know that if you dont have enough grass to sustain them you will have to supplement and try not to let them eat it to the ground because it takes forever to grow back :(
Did you ever get your goaties?!?
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