Looks like I may be getting my first dairy goat. I have a couple of pet pygmy-crosses now (watermelons on sticks) and we had a couple of dairy goats when I was a kid, but I did not do any milking, my brother did that. I did almost all the rest of the livestock care, but for some reason, not milking. Soooo......I found a couple of goats on craigslist that sound like a great deal, both bred and milked before and $200 each. After an e-mail exchange with the current owner, I found out that she had to disperse her small dairy herd last spring due to illness, and kept only her two favorites. Now, more serious illness, and the two have to go, along with some others. I would like any advice anyone would like to give, if you have or have had milking goats. My first critical question is, should I get one or both? My head and wallet say one, my heart says keep these girls together and they are a good deal, and sell some milk to friends to pay for the second one. And sell the kids. I have a stash of hay and shavings in the barn because my horse died suddenly, so I am stocked up. The pet goats were for the horse, and lived with her in a double stall, free to roam. I will have to put up partitions and build a milking stand. What is necessary as a minimum, can they continue as a herd in my situation? Help me decide what to do!