Pygmy, Nigerian, and Pygora goats can live for 8 to 15 years on average, and if you take care of them really well, they can sometimes live up to 16 years or more! They are definitely a long-term commitment, so make sure that you're ready to take on a Mini Goat before getting one. Goats need a friend , or few, to play with and must be never be alone.
1-SHELTER AND FENCING. Your goats will need a shelter to protect them against the weather. You can purchase or you could build a small shelter, like a large dog house, for your goat. Building one off the ground with a ramp for them to climb up would be ideal.( See pictures on the Goat shelter page) Put a generous bedding of straw down for them to lay on and keep warm in. You will need a big backyard so that your goat has enough room to run around in and play, climb, and jump on things like stumps, wooden ramps, dirt hills. Goats can't be bored. Your backyard should also have plenty of grass for it to nibble on. Make sure that you have a fence surrounding your Pygmy's shelter to protect it. Be sure to use the right type of fencing for them. 48" cattle wire or horse fencing, or 48’ x 16’ cattle panels (available at Tractor Supply) are a good choice of fencing, because it will last longer than most cheap ones, and will keep your goat in. 2-FEEDAND HAY - Goats are very hardy and easy to care for pets if fed correctly. CORRECT FEEDING PRACTICES ARE CRITCAL FOR THE HEALTH OF YOUR GOAT! I provide a customized detailed feed and feeding program with the purchase/deposit of our kids.
3-MAINTAIN THEIR HEALTH. Speak with your local vet to make sure your Pygmy goat has the recommended shots to protect it from diseases in your area. Pygmy goats may need vaccinations that cover Enterotoxemia, CD , and Tetanus annually in your area.They should be de wormed as needed several times a year by vaccination by a vet or I can provide customers with a detailed de worming program.
4-HOOF CARE-If kept in a smaller pen they may need to have their hoofs trimmed every 2 to 4 months or as needed. Youtube has videos available on how to trim your goats feet.
5-PLAYMATES- Goats are very social animals and need to have a partner for a playmate. Make sure you have a minimum of two or more goats for them to be happy.
6-PROTECT YOUR GOATS FROM POISONOUS PLANTS Goats will eat almost anything, but you must guard against your goats eating poisonous plants. Goats ignore poisonous plants most of the time, but because of their need to browse, they may try them just for variety. Whether a goat that eats a poisonous plant shows signs of poisoning depends on how much of the plant it eats, what part of the plant it eats, the condition of the plant (fresh or dried), the time of year, and the size and health of the goat. Some of the common poisonous plants that might grow in your pasture or backyard includE Weeds: ◦Bracken fern ◦Buttercup ◦Common milkweed ◦Foxglove ◦Lantana ◦Locoweed ◦Poke weed ◦Spurge ◦St. John's Wort ◦Water hemlock and poison hemlock •Trees ◦Cyanide-producing trees such as cherry, chokecherry, elderberry, and plum (especially the wilted leaves from these trees) ◦Ponderosa pine ◦ Japanese Yew bush: A very common house shrub and deadly! •Cultivated plants ◦Azalea ◦Kale ◦Lily of the valley ◦Oleander ◦Poppy ◦Potato ◦Rhododendron ◦Rhubarb Many house landscaping plants and shrubs are poisonous, and a few are so deadly that even a few leaves can make your goat extremely sick. Before you bring your goats home, check your yard for poisonous plants. If you find any of these plants, either remove them or make sure that your fencing will keep your goats away. If the poison plant is a tree, make sure that the leaves won't fall into the pen in the autumn by removing the tree or situating the pen far from the tree. Dried leaves can be the most deadly part of the tree. Talk to your neighbors about poisonous plants and ask them not to throw their garden trimmings into the yard as a treat for your goats without asking first.
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