Pygmy help!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by IL BrosterGoats, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. IL BrosterGoats

    IL BrosterGoats New Egg

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    Hello! I'm back again! I just got 3 baby pygmies. Two bucks and a ninnie. Unfortunately, I got them from an auction so I really don't know anything about them. Their cage said 3 weeks old and weaned. Well there's no way they can be that young and completely weaned to hay and grain. I tried a bottle to make sure, but they wouldn't take it at all. All they want is hay and grain. They must be older so I honestly don't even know their age. I'm thinking 8-12 weeks. So that's that.

    But i do know that I went to the same auction 2 weekends ago and there was the exact same cage with four Pygmy babies. So therefore, whoever is bringing them to the auction just reclaims the cage and brings more to the next auction. I don't believe all four of those babies were brother and sister. This is why I am concerned. I want to breed my pygmies. But since their previous owners dropped them at the auction, I don't know if they are brother and sister. I don't think just because they were sold together means they are brother and sister. I have heard that pygmies are so small they usually have only one kid and if they do have twins then they may not be as healthy. So triplets would be crazy! Is this true?. I would love some clarification!

    I think they will breed soon enough, which is too early for her to be kidding so I need to separate them. But I only have one ninnie and I don't want her to be by herself. Plus it's below freezing right now and they need the body heat.

    I need help figuring all this out. What do you guys think?
    Thanks!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I've had a pygmy doe have 5 kids. Pygmy goats usually have twins or triplets.

    You can breed sibling, usually without problems unless theirs some genetic problem that is hidden. I just wouldn't keep crossing the offspring, either sell them or you would have to find another unrelated buck.

    Pygmy are normally seasonal breeders, usually about August through December. Your goats should be too young to breed until next year. I have had them as young as 6 month breed, but most wait until the next season.

    You will want to fix at least one male, but if it were me, I would fix both males and look to get a new male next year as those born in spring should be able to mate by fall successfully.

    I wouldn't separate them right now either as they will keep each other warm, and goats should always have other goats.
     
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  3. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent info!! Can't think of a thing I would add. I'd maybe hang a heat lamp on the really cold nights if they are this young.
     
  4. chelsiemom

    chelsiemom Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a question....I recently adopted 2 female pygmy's that are about 8 mths old. One day they just started yelling and screaming and carrying on, to the point my neighbors started inquiring...They were eating and drinking and otherwise acting fine. This lasted about 3 days. I searched online and decided maybe they'd hit sexual maturity (not sure it was both, but I think so)...And I noted they go into heat about every 21 days. Well, a couple or 3 wks later, same thing. Lasted maybe 2 days. Is this going to be an ongoing pattern forever?

    Oh, and another thing. My cockerals have just started crowing, so if the goats weren't trying my neighbors' patience, this sure will!!! <nervous laughter>[​IMG]
     
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  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Yes, they sound like they are in heat. Pygmy are usually seasonal breeders and they will usually come into heat starting somewhere in August and ending around December. That's one reason I only keep whethers now. They sure can sound like they are being killed during heat.
     
  6. chelsiemom

    chelsiemom Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the affirmation...I decided to raise chickens, then threw goats into the mix. Alot to learn. Thank goodness for resources like this! [​IMG]
     

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