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Best goat breed for pets?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by awesomefowl, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Hi,
    My little sister and me really want bottle baby kids. I want them for pets, and to breed, so I can sell the kids. Obviosly, we need doelings. There is goat farm near us that sells young (bottle) babies for about $20 each, but I'm not sure about the dairy breeds they have......
    Breeds I was considering:

    Fainting goats (mini or standard; I like miniature goats)
    Nigerian Dwarfs
    But they are hard to find as bottle babies, and EXSPENSIVE. I don't want to spend $300-500 per kid!
    Any thoughts? I really would like some goats.
     
  2. arabianequine

    arabianequine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2010
    Get a neutered male....they are usually cheaper then females. I would get pygmy goats if for pets.
     
  3. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Yes, but I want to be able to breed the females. i do love pygmys, but can't find anybody close who would have a bottle baby or two. I really want to bottle feed them.
     
  4. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    [​IMG] Maybe i should just get the babies from the goat farm...
     
  5. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Massachusetts
    Nigerian Dwarfs are absolutely adorable and from what ive seen of them they are very affectionate. lamancha goats are said to be the most friendliest and i think they come in a miniature size, right?
    you will want to have good fencing, ive read that some dwarf goats will slip right under the fences.
     
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2010
  6. BlackBrookPoultry

    BlackBrookPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have dairy breeds as pets and I think they get into much less trouble than they pygmys. Nigerian Dwarfs are great because they are small and give good milk, but if they are too expensive than they may be out. I don't know a lot about fainting goats. Oh, yes, and lamanchas are funny looking but VERY sweet.
     
  7. taraann81

    taraann81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Ontario
    Quote:I am guessing the ones near you for 20.00 are probably the buck kids. Doelings would probably be more....but who knows.
     
  8. The Lisser

    The Lisser Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you want to breed females, why not just get females and use someone else's buck when the females are old enough? A mature buck can get aggressive and when in season will pee on himself (which is going to get on you if you pet him or get near him).

    If you want quality animals you will probably pay at least $100 for a female kid. But you will end up with quality. Nigerian dwarfs are small, and so you will have lower feed costs than any of the larger breeds. They are a dairy breed. Pygmies are a meat breed. Mini-Nubians are a cross between Nubians and Nigerian Dwarfs - a really nice combination, they are small goats and sweet animals that will produce great milk.

    I personally love the larger dairy breeds, they are usually very sweet, especially if you bottle feed them. But they get to be 120 - 200 lbs, so that's a lot to feed. Nubian, Lamancha, Alpine, Saanen, and Oberhasli. I like the wethers for pets, but I'm not interested in breeding.
     
  9. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Quote:I only want females: doelings. And I want a mini breed to breed, others are too big for now. So:
    Mini La Manchas - hmm.
    Fainting Goats - should be eaiser to fence?
    Nigerians - worried about fencing, and jumping, but I love them!

    Anybody know of any breeders? Thank you for you replys!
     
  10. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    I have 5 Nigi's. I paid $400 each for 3 doelings, and $50 each for the 2 wethers. I had planned on milking them so I got some from good milk lines. Never got around to getting them bred so they have become expensive pets. I absolutely love my Nigs. DH and I are looking for some land and if we get enough, i may go ahead and get a buck and have a small breeding herd.
     

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