Originally Posted by KidsandGuineas
I really want to get a goat! what do they cost to buy? are babies only available in the spring?
Welcome KidsandGuineas! I know what you mean about wanting a goat! I wanted them so long before I got some!
Well, lots of people in the "goat world" say, "you get what you pay for". In other words, if you buy a cheaper goat it might not be vaccinated, healthy, and friendly (there are some exceptions though where you find a really great, cheap goat). A more expensive goat will be vaccinated and healthy (and usually the added bonus of being pure-bred). Also keep in mind what you want to use the goat for: showing, dairy, pet, performance, or meat. A pet or performance goat will normally be cheaper than "show goats". A good quality show goat will normally be $300 or upwards in price.
Well, there is definitely a larger abundance of babies in the spring. Not to say you won't be able to find some kids now though. Craigslist is a great place to start looking for goats, but its important to ensure that the goats come from a healthy, safe, and clean environment. And the goat itself is healthy as well! I remember when I found the "perfect goats" on Craigslist, but when I found another ad by that person advertising some nanny goats, I knew it was not the place to get my goats, as the nannies were not healthy and the facility was not clean. So, I'm not saying you shouldn't buy from Craigslist as its a great place to get cheaper goats, just take precaution and look around a bit before committing to some goats.
You could also research some breeders in your area and contact them to see if they have any kids available. They might of had does that kidded late and they have some left over kids. While these goats will be more expensive, you know they will be vaccinated and healthy.
Good luck! And if you have any more questions feel free to ask away! Hope this has helped!