About the Pygmy Goats
A pygmy goat is a small breed of domestic goat. Pygmy goats are quite hardy, animated, good-natured and an asset in a wide variety of settings. They adapt easily to virtually all climates and are easy to provide for. A Pygmy Goat’s diet consists of greens (weeds, grass, brush) and grains. They also love Ginger Snaps!
They are very small, fun to watch, make wonderful pets, and great 4-H projects. These sweet, docile, little goats make great companions.
Meet the Ladies and Gentlemen
We currently have two bucks, lovingly referred to as “the boys”, and a small herd of does, referred to as “the ladies.” The kids or “the babes,” are born every spring after a 5 month gestation period. The babies are quite rambunctious from the get-go with hearty appetites and plenty of energy.
Basic Goat Care
Goats need a safe enclosure and shelter from the rain, snow and sun. All goats are known to escape from most areas that have holes that they can weasel through (they only need a small hole to get out). They love high places and will climb anything.
They eat weeds and green leafy things. If you don’t want them eating your flowers, trees or vegetable garden, make it non-existent to them. They LOVE roses. So if you have roses and you trim them, give all the cuttings to your goats (thorns too). They will eat the dead roses as well. They also like to eat any leaves, so in the fall, give them the leaves that have fallen from the trees. They love pine needles, so if you have a pine tree, put something around it that the goats can’t get through. You can feed them your old Christmas tree if it hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals or tinsel. You can give them lettuce, bread, potato peelings, etc. They LOVE carrots and cookies (animal crackers). DO NOT give them any rhubarb or the leaves, as it’s poisonous to them.
We feed a little Purina goat chow, and either alfalfa pellets or a good leafy hay (mix of alfalfa and grass). They must always have water, and should also have a block of “trace minerals”.
The pygmy goat is very smart and will learn with just a little patience. You can also leash train them. Our babies will have had their first shot of “Clostridium Perfringens Types C*D – Tetanus Toxoid – also know as Bar Vac CD/T”. The same shot is required 22-25 days from the first shot, then annually thereafter. The goats will also need to be wormed after they reach one year old. Contact your local veterinarian for the shots and worming.
Believe it or not, the greatest threat to the pygmy goat is the neighborhood dog. Of course, coyotes and bears are also a threat. Make sure the goats are in a secure enclosure. Remember that they will eat anything like bags of fertilizer, pesticides etc. These will KILL them. You need to be watchful of where these items are stored.
Try to let these babies be goats. If the only time you feed them is by hand, they will continually baa for you whenever they see you. This will drive you crazy, and the neighbors crazy. The pygmy goat is usually very quiet. Feed them on a schedule, and you should be fine. We strongly suggest that we sell two babies at a time as they keep each other company.
We are still learning ourselves, but if you have any questions, please call or email, and we will try and help.
Please contact us for the current pricing on our goats. We are typically sold out of babies by April 30th. If you are interested in our pygmy goats, please contact us early in March to reserve your baby.