Winding Creek
Pygmy Goat Farm

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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:

  1. Proboiotic Paste with Vitamins – Helps a goat’s digestive tract when under stress
  1. Nutri Drench - For Goats off feed due to travel, stress, weather, disease, scours, etc.
  1. Hoof Trimmer - Keep a watch on goat to see how often you might need to do this.  recommend checking on monthly bases until you know your goat’s needs.
  1. Safe Guard liquid for goats or Safe Guard Paste Wormer - Spring and Fall for sure – fist dose then 2 weeks later a second dose.   Rotate pasture to keep down on worms and rotate type of wormer used after a year or two.
  1. Lice Dust - Winter time is a dark time of year and Lice enjoy living off your goat so you  will need to dust him in early December and again two weeks later.  Repeat in early February with a two week follow-up.
  1. Thermometer - Most goats have a temperature of 102 degrees but you will need to take  your goats temp when he is well to know what your goat will run.  If it is  ever a degree or two higher most likely he has Pneumonia and will need to be treated.
  1. Borax – use this in the stall to help keep down worms.  Make sure you don’t leave lumps that the goat will eat. Also spreading lime helps to keep down the worms and the lice.
  2. Pepto-Bismol – good to have around in case of stomach problems
  3. White Karo Syrup – mix 2 Tablespoons in 4 ounces of warm water when ever goat is not eating, has been sick etc.  This helps to keep their sugar balanced.
  4. Geritol – white gums mean that something has lowered the red blood cells-usually worms.  The goat needs to be built back up in order to eat properly. First dose 20 cc’s then follow with 10 cc’s 3 times a day for 3 days.