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What is The Smallest Breed Of Goat?

post #1 of 48
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Hey everyone we have been thinking of getting a few goats and was wondering what is the smallest breed of goat?

       Thanks in advance!     thumbsup

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Silkies of numerous colors, Silver Duckwing OEGBs, 20 something fancy pigeons, a pair of ringneck pheasants, 3 peafowl, and thats about it! :)
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post #2 of 48

Pygmies and Nigerians...

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post #3 of 48
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How much do babies usually cost?

Silkies of numerous colors, Silver Duckwing OEGBs, 20 something fancy pigeons, a pair of ringneck pheasants, 3 peafowl, and thats about it! :)
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Silkies of numerous colors, Silver Duckwing OEGBs, 20 something fancy pigeons, a pair of ringneck pheasants, 3 peafowl, and thats about it! :)
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post #4 of 48

How much do babies usually cost?


That totally depends on where you live and the quality of the goat.

The breeder I got my Nigi's from gets $150 for his doelings and I think $75 for his wethers.

Another guy near here sells all his kids for $35 - but he doesn't disbud, band or give shots.  Nor does he care about the quality of the does and bucks he breeds.

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Australorps, Andalusian, Black Sex-link, Brahma, Buff Orps, EE, SS Hamburg, RIR, Red Sex-link, Silkies, Sussex, Welsummer, White Leghorns, Wyandotte and Guineas!
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post #5 of 48

I think it depends a lot on whether or not you want "show quality" or not too.  I just want to make sure mine are healthy!

I may be wrong, and I'm sure I'll get corrected if I am, but I've heard from owners that the wee ones (Pygmi's and Nigi's) are escape artists?

  I love my chickies!!
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Happily Enslaved by 2 Pygmy Goats, 1 RIR, 2 EE, 1 BO, 1 WL, 2 OEGB, 4 Cochins, 2 DCB, 2 Aussies, 1 JG, 1 BSL, 1 Narragansett gobbler, my Rottweiler Mack...and my very tolerant husband Wes!
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  I love my chickies!!
My Blog:  http://the1acreranch.blogspot.com 
Happily Enslaved by 2 Pygmy Goats, 1 RIR, 2 EE, 1 BO, 1 WL, 2 OEGB, 4 Cochins, 2 DCB, 2 Aussies, 1 JG, 1 BSL, 1 Narragansett gobbler, my Rottweiler Mack...and my very tolerant husband Wes!
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post #6 of 48

Here in Maryland, good quality Nigerians are $300 for a doe and $100 for a whether.   I purchased my whether for $90 and he is awesome.

~~Ed     
I thank God for all that I have; 1 Wife, 3 boys, 4 dogs, 4 cat, 2 Horses, 4 Goats, 2 Katahdin Sheep, 9 Ducks, 6 Geese, 8 Guineas, 1 Turkey, and lots of chickens
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~~Ed     
I thank God for all that I have; 1 Wife, 3 boys, 4 dogs, 4 cat, 2 Horses, 4 Goats, 2 Katahdin Sheep, 9 Ducks, 6 Geese, 8 Guineas, 1 Turkey, and lots of chickens
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post #7 of 48
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So what is the difference between nigeranians and pygmys?   Like which one is smaller?  Does anyone have pics of the two?

Silkies of numerous colors, Silver Duckwing OEGBs, 20 something fancy pigeons, a pair of ringneck pheasants, 3 peafowl, and thats about it! :)
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Silkies of numerous colors, Silver Duckwing OEGBs, 20 something fancy pigeons, a pair of ringneck pheasants, 3 peafowl, and thats about it! :)
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post #8 of 48

As far as purebred mini's go.. pygmy or nigerian are the smallest.. there are now many folks that are breeding down the larger sized goats to still pack a big dairy punch in a small package and I know of many breeders doing mini-manchas (nigerian/lamancha) and mini nubians (nigerian/nubian).. I have a second generation mini nubian doe and she still is bigger than my larger than normal pygmy wether.   And as far as escape artists go.. it is said that all goats can be known to escape but I personally have had pygmy and nigerians for years now and have not once had one escape.. I guess it would depend on how bored they are and how much interaction they have.. mine are verrrrrry spoiled and don't even seem to want to escape.. I think if you go with the nigerians and pgymys you will see they are very sweet and so much fun!!!  and become sooooo very addicting!

post #9 of 48

Pygmys are small stout goats, Nigerians are a more slender, dairy looking animal. Nigerians weigh less, and Pygmys are shorter.

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post #10 of 48

Pygmies and Nigerians.  We have a Pygmy wether who is 25lbs and we also have a Pygmy/Nigi cross doe who is 35lbs.  Mine have never escaped a day in their lives.  We have them enclosed with 4' fencing and no electric fencing at all.  We tend to spend a lot of time with our goats so maybe that's why they don't try to escape.  We made sure to give them a lot of tables and obstacles to play on too.

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Proud wife, mom of 6 blended kids, 1 steer,  goats pygmies/nigerians, 2 dogs, 2 cats, too many chickens, ducks and turkeys to count
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