Q. What is a Wether?
A. A Wether is a castrated male goat. Castration is most often performed on young male kids not needed for breeding. Castration involves the cutting of the testicles and is best performed within the first 3 months to lessen the pain and trauma involved. Castration presents a number of benefits including a decrease in many diseases and conditions, in particular, Urinary Calculi. Castration also eliminates the "buck odor" associated with an uncastrated male, and greatly calms their personality making them a wonderful pet for children.
Q. I am looking for a pygmy goat to be a pet so do I want a Doe or a Buck?
A. Well it all depends on what you plan to do with your pet. If you think you might want to breed your goat later then yes a Doe would be your better pick. Should you not want to breed then you might want to consider a Wether. But rarely would you want to consider a Buck as a pet.
Q. Will one goat be fine alone?
A. No, because goats are herd animals. You might feel that you don't have the space or the time for two goats but you will find that the demands one lonely goat will put on your time is well worth purchasing and caring for two.
Q. How old should they be before they are mated?
A. I prefer to wait until the Doe is at least a year old or older. You will need to be careful if you purchase two goats - male and female - as they can mate and produce as young as 2 months of age. This most ofter results in the death of the mother and the kid.
Q. If I have a male and a female when should I separate them?
A. You will need to keep them separated from 2 months of age until after the Doe is 12 months old.
Q. What do they eat?
A. Food usually is no problem since they are grass eaters and like to forage for their food. However I do feed some grain year round and of course I make sure they have plenty of good clean hay. Always have clean fresh water available.
Q. What do I do if they get sick?
A. Most pygmy goats respond well to medicines that you would use on your child if they were sick. I would recommend that you purchase a good Management and Veterinary Care book and read it. Try to find a good Vet that not only works on goats but raises them as well. And I would make sure that I have needed supplies on hand such as the following list: