Lots of information found out over the last couple days... Holy cow, can I just buy a goat without the drama??
Here is the story
Lady comes to buy rabbits, see's I have chickens, interested in chickens. I tell her I am selling lots of chickens to make room for a couple goats, would like milkers one day. She tells me she has a goat thats prego and would I consider a trade, laying hens for goat. I agree, we set a deal, 15 of my younger layers, many of them broody's, for one female goat, around four years old, unregistered, third freshening.. Deal struck, we shake on it she drives away ( she lives 2 hours from me) Gets home, sends me pic of goat, I am happy, all is well. A week and a half later, she brings goat, I have chickens loaded in 2-6 foot rabbit hutches, heavy duty, homemade. She wants cages, we strike another deal, I will get a doeling as soon as its weaned, she leaves with hutches and chickens, I stay with Gwen the prego goat.. we settle in, find her a friend (another doe, 1 1/2 years, never freshened). Everyone is happy... I am a member of a homesteader group in my area. I posted pics of gwen trying to decide if something I saw in her could be the first sign baby coming.. false alarm, what do I know, Im kinda a newbie.. Several people commented on my wonderful beautiful goat..... lady comments on post wanting to know if I was the lady that traded the chickens to her friend for the goat, I say yes.. She pm's me and tells me that's not a young goat but an 8 year old goat and the lady who I got it from had her only a month or so. She puts me in touch with the goats original owners who not only confirm the goats age but also disclose she is a registered goat who is prego with a valuable studs kid(s) ... the discussion goes on and they believe she passed off the older goat to me (who knows nothing about registration and such) and was keeping another less expensive and younger goat who was accidently bred by the same buck and was going to pass those kids off as my Gwens.. They contact lady I got goat from, tell her they know what she is doing and wont let her get away with it, she then contacts me telling me it was a mistake, she grabbed the wrong goat and she wants this goat back (after nearly a week?? riiight). I refuse, demand gwens papers and the sire card. I made this deal with a handshake and a photo.. Never again... I am so frustrated, I have bought and sold many an animal and to date this is the first time I have come across a shady deal.. Mind you, out of the three goats she bought a few months ago, only this one was registered and to our surprise.... tattooed ..
Anyways, I have sent pics of gwen to the Original owners who had her for several years, they let me know that just by looking at her this is her normal look before the kids are born, they did advise me to worm her as she would have been due by now, due for vaccination in April. She said it looks like the kids have dropped and we can expect our bundle within a month. Said she always has produced twins and always looks small carrying them. So as of today Our gwenny is dewormed and on a nice balance of Orchard Grass, free choice loose minerals and a 1/2 cup of wet cob mixed with alfalfa pellets in the morning ( to boost her protein without harming Miss Jenny who doesn't need the extra protein) , her and Miss Jenny have become friends and are discovering we have a wonderful patch of blackberrys in the back of the property that they need to deal with .