Myotonic goats, what about them?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by meggers32, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. meggers32

    meggers32 Out Of The Brooder

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    Jul 8, 2008
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    Hi there,

    I have been tossing around the idea of getting a couple of goats, and I have a friend who raises Myotonic goats and just loves them. I could get a couple friend him, but would also like to hear from a few others who have them as well. I have been looking around at the posts, there are lots about goats, but not about Myotonics (fainting) goats. I would love to hear from you who have them!

    Thanks!
     
  2. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    Not sure what you want to know excactly. We have one and just love her to death. She is super friendly and not skittish at all. The kids love it when she faints. Anything from a goose honking to my hubby sneezing has her on the ground.

    I'd have another in a heart beat.
     
  3. meggers32

    meggers32 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I am going to be getting 2 from him if that is what I decide. I was wanting to hear how they are with kids and how friendly they are, that sort of thing. I had heard mixed feelings about their personalities and temperment.
     
  4. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    My youngest would KILL to get these. She sends me youtubes of them and writes me notes about it. Unfortunatey we are already cheatingn here in town, to have as many chickens as we do - WE ONLY HAVE THREE, I SWEAR, MAYOR - THREE! and goats would not fly. Not that goats fly.

    But me love goats!
     
  5. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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  6. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    My aunt has one that is super skittish. She's a cute goat, but Im not a big fan of her. I was feeding the other day and spooked the chickens. When I turned around, she was laying on her side with her legs stuck up in the air. Its really funny, but I prefer my goats over that whacko, haha.
     
  7. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    We have one - a Silkie Fainter doe (Emma). She doesn't faint - breeder cull because of it (not all fainters fully faint, there are varying degrees). Her son (half Nigerian) has fainted ONCE, but he was really worked up before he went over. Emma is skittish, very skittish. BUT we bought her as an adult doe, wild - she was never raised to be tame.

    http://www.helmsteadstables.com/Emma.htm

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    firmly do NOT believe a goat's behavior is necessarily genetic. Therefore I don't believe you can say one breed is friendlier, easier to tame, etc...

    I personally don't like fainters. Something about them is upsetting to me.

    I hear that for people with less than adequate fencing, fainters are good choice. Supposedly they have stiff gaits and cannot jump well.
     
  8. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    I love our fainters. They are calm and friendly. They do not jump on things like other goats. I have never had a male that had an oder at any time. If you want them for meat goats, they are not as bulky as boer goats or kiko's but, they get pretty stocky. They kid easily and usually have twins and sometimes triplets. They sell good (or at least around east Tn. they do)
    All goats will need worming every so often and shots and hooves trimmed but, I think you'd be happy with them.
     

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