Originally Posted by chixcoop
Hello, I'm currently looking into getting goats for milk. I just want to know more in general of the time commitment, and the expense because they cost substantially more than chickens and also take longer to reproduce.
1) How much space do goats need (per goat)
2) Is it okay to just take my doe go a breeder and pay a stud fee when/if I breed?
3) Top 3 milking goat breeds?
4) What types of kids have waddles:P !
5) Do goats free range?
6) Are they loud?
I am interested in breeding goats sometime but I want to find out the basics first.
I was going to join a separate goat forum/website, but I am glad that I found this first. Other forums in general don't seem as 'cozy' or friendly as this, so thanks @henny1129
I don't know the exact amount of space a goat needs, it can change depending on whether kept on a dry lot and fed or if you want to pasture them.
If you can find someone who has a buck to breed to, it's better than keeping your own cantankerous smelly one.
Top milking breeds I believe are Saanens, Nubian and Alpine.
All breeds can have waddles, some do, some don't.
Goats can be hard to keep in a fence, but if you don't every tree and shrub will be devoured and you will find your goat sitting on the roof of your car. So I personally wouldn't free range.
Some goats are louder than others, the loudest is a single goat with no herd mates, so get at least two.