GENERAL INFORMATION Our uniguely colored mini Pygmy Nigerian mixed goats are a hardy, good-natured animal, a gentle, fun, loving, and responsive pet. Mini Goats need the company of their own kind and should not be kept alone. We do not sell goats for breeding. The wethers, castrated male, make excellent pets, with none of the drawbacks associated with the entire (stud) male. Care should be taken to avoid obesity, which can cause stones in the urethra.
HOUSING REQUIREMENTS A minimal 8' x 6' shed, furnished with bench es and hay rack, being suitable for two pets. I recommend putting a dog igloo inside their shed to go into, bedded with straw, especially for in the winter and for kids. You can put shavings down first, but a deep layer of straw is essential for insulation and warmth in the winter The shed should have ventilation but must not be draughty. If there is a glass window it should be replaced with plexiglass OR protected with mesh to prevent accidental breakage. A concrete or slab path or area of hard standing adjacent to the house will be useful and appreciated by the goat. Provide your goats with a play yard of obstacles for them to climb and play on. Their playful antics are a joy to watch. Access from the shed to a well-fenced area will provide space for exercise and fresh air, both essential for the fun loving Pygmy Goat. Tethering is not a suitable means of restraint. Fencing should be a minimum of 4' high. Hedges will not be a sufficient boundary. Pygmy goats should not be kept as house pets, but they can visit, and do not need to wear coats.
DIET: A basic diet of hay and clean drinking water should be supplemented with 2-4 oz of goat mix with ammonium chloride added for males, and/or a roughage based feed each day. Exact custom hay and feed requirements will be given soon the deposit / purchase of your goat.Quantity of feed depends on age, sex and condition. Pygmy goats are “browsers” not grazers - they should not be considered as lawnmowers. Vegetables and fruit should be added to their diet. Twigs, leaves, bark and some 'weeds' are the natural food of the goat. Care must be taken not to allow access to poisonous plants such as alder, yew, rhododendron, laurel, privet, laburnum, honeysuckle, walnut, evergreen shrubs, green-stuff from flowers including delphiniums, hellebores or any bulbous plants such as daffodils or tulips. New foods should always be introduced gradually. All food must be clean and untainted. Non GMO recommended.
HEALTH: To keep your Pygmy goats healthy they should be provided with a white salt lick in the goat shed. Their hooves may need trimming occasionally. See our Goat trimming page for instructions. They will also need to be tested for worms (via a Fecal Egg Count) twice a year, and may need treatment against lice during the autumn and spring. Vaccinations as advised by your vet. Your vet will advise you on these matters. There are no diseases this location they need vacinations against.
We do not sell breeding pairs. FYI:Breeding females you must wait until a minimum of 18 months of age before having your female pygmy goats served. Matings earlier than this age are possible but undesirable. The gestation period is approximately 5 months. Kids may be weaned at 10-14 weeks if they are taking a good ration of hay and concentrates, but left with their mothers they may continue to suckle for seven months or more. Breeding can gave many complications including C sections necessary.