Goats For Sale
Goat Care and Tips:
Please read the following information before you buy a goat.
This is not to scare you but to inform you of the responsibilities of owning Goats. The Nigerian dwarf breed are awesome animals and are worth all the time and money I spend on them. My purpose in having them is twofold. I love their character and that they are a dairy goat. Thus, I enjoy them and get something from them! They are so cute when they run, dance and play. They can be very entertaining and we have spent hours just watching them! As a pet the boys when castrated(wethered) make the best pets. They are a joy to have and easier to handle than a large goat. The Nigerian dwarf gives a sweet creamy milk, which has the highest butterfat of all the goat breeds. Also for the small stature (full-grown about 2 feet and under) they produce anywhere from 1 to 3 quarts each milking. Therefore, whether you want them as a pet or for Milking you cannot lose! You should know some things before you purchase a goat: Goats are herd animals therefore; they need to be with other goats. Goats are browsers; they love to eat weeds, leaves, brush and tall grasses. Therefore, they are not suited to be a house pet. For their stomach and rumen to function properly, they need to have access to hay or browse all the time. Also, they are not lawnmowers and will not cut your grass!
They are not cheap to care for and require housing, feed, grain, hey, minerals, baking soda, annual vaccinations, worming, trimming hooves, copper bolusing, and close observation for potential health problems and other medications as needed for example antibiotics syringes needles, etc.. They require testing for certain diseases if you are going to milk them. Also, plan for the occasional vet visit farm call as needed. It is also important to get a goat Vet (Caprine vet) As soon as possible!
As I said there are many responsibilities with owning Goats but they are well worth it! Be warned, you will not be able to have just a few!
About our Farm
I started about eight years ago with unregistered Nigerians, breeding and selling, milking and making goat milk soap. I soon found out that I enjoyed them so much that I wanted to improve the breed the best I could and sell a higher quality goat with better genetics. So I purchased registered stock from the best bloodlines I could find. With this came better, healthier pets, better milkers and better goats all around! I was not sure how much improvement I had made until I entered a goat show with one of my junior doelings, and she placed first and received Junior Grand Champion! I would love to show more and believe I will in the future. Several years ago I did my first milk test on five of my does and they all received their milk stars. I am confident to say we are headed in the right direction but I know more improvements can be made in my herd. Currently I am making goat milk soap and lotions from my herd’s milk. I sell at our shop in Fredericksburg Tx, Fancy Goat Boutique and B&B and online. I also breed and sell babies or couplets(Does sold with her babies).
My does are fed once a day at 5pm. I feed them 1 cup Dumor Goat Pellets mixed with a handful of:
- Standlee beet pulp shreds
- Standlee Alfalfa/Timothy pellets
- BOSS-Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
I get all of this from Tractor Supply.
My bucks are fed once a day at 5pm. I feed them 1 cup of Purina-Goat Grower Goat Pellets (this feed is medicated to prevent urinary calculi and coccidia) mixed with a handful of:
- Standlee Alfalfa/Timothy pellets
Both Does And Bucks receive
Coastal hay is available at all times for them to eat as needed.
They love Alfalfa Hay which is fed to does that are feeding babies or milking (they need the extra calcium) and to Bucks and Does in winter to help keep them warm.
Fresh Water- Keep clean- empty daily as needed. In winter need to de-ice. I carry warm buckets of water to barn for all goats. They love warm water especially in winter.
Extra Nutritional Tips
Goat Minerals- Left out free choice. Sweetlix (Meatmaker) Available at most farm stores
*Do not buy Manna pro from tractor supply not enough copper/selenium for health of goats.
Baking Soda- (from grocery store)-Left out free choice will use as needed– helps with Bloat.
Kelp (Thorvin)- Free choice-Good for milk production, increase appetite, improve digestion, general overall condition.
*Selenium with Vitamin E-If your area is selenium deficient.
Copper Bolus- (Capsule)- Most goats need to be bolused every 4 months. Shows in Hair- Black goats turn orange or see coats fading or rough in texture.
Treats- Love fresh Oak leaves, tree branches, Salted Pumpkin seeds, Raisins, carrots or apples.
Need shelter from rain, wind and cold. Hay- thick layer in winter is good bedding to help keep warm. They love to climb and lay on top of tables in their barn to play and sleep! Also help keep their hooves dry and prevent hoof rot especially during rainy seasons! During very cold spells 20 to 30 degrees, I hang heat lamps–well secured!
Goats should be fenced in, to prevent dogs from chasing and killing.
In addition, if they can escape they will try, especially babies! That is why I recommend the welded wire, no climb Horse fence. It is very sturdy and the holes have smaller openings 2×4. Also, they will rub their bodies alongside the fence for scratching and this fence will hold up!
Vaccinations- CD and T once a year for adult goats. (Clostridium types C and D and Tetanus)
Trim hooves about every 3 months. Milk stand works great for Doe’s and Buck’s I tie to fence. Worm when eyelids are pale. FAMACHA- Is a method of testing to determine a goat’s parasite load. The inner bottom eyelid needs to be checked chart for pink color. The barber pole worm suck blood, and causes severe anemia they will kill your goat if not caught in time. Therefore, it is very important to check their eyelid color frequently! If a problem if found you should get a fecal done that will test for the type of parasite you are dealing with. Then you will know what wormer to use. A few types of wormer are Panacur, Safeguard, Valbazen, Moxidectin(Cydectin), Ivermectin.
Goats are herd animals and will be lonely if left alone. The more time you spend with them the friendlier they will get!
Medication Cabinet: What medications to have on hand: Penicillin G, CD and T Vaccine, Banamine(Vet), Pepto-bismol, Coccidia meds (Toltrazuril), Worming meds, Probiotics, Vitamin B12, Bose, Vit E, Selenium paste, Vit A,D,E paste, Red cell, Nutri-drench, Neosporin, Antibiotic eye ointment, Blu-Kote, Needles and syringes, Activated charcoal for poisoning. Sprays for wounds. And More!
Pregnant goats – love warm molasses water after they give birth, also boost their energy. Also, supplies for delivering baby goats: Towels, gloves, lubricant, betadine, bulb syringe, calcium drench, nutri-drench, jump start, colostrum on hand if needed. Vet or goat mentor phone numbers on hand in case needed. *Note- beware babies can drown if born into bucket or fall into bucket of water. Use Caution!
Tools needed for disbudding – disbudding iron, banding- tool stretcher and bands.
If you choose to use a collar, be careful because they can hang themselves, or get caught in a fence.
Also babies can fall into areas they shouldn’t be and get caught. So beware this can happen. They can jump into hay feeder if able and hang themselves. Or crawl under the smallest holes in fence.
Hay Waste- Only put out what they will eat. They will not eat off the ground! In addition, they will not eat hay that has gotten wet and molded. Hay should be covered and protected from rain.
Friendly Goats- To make your goat friendly- Let them come to you! Do not chase them. Sit in their barn on the ground with some food or treats and they will eventually come to check you out! Do this every day or as often as possible.
Predators- The #1 predator are dogs. Yours or Neighbors. They can chase and kill your goats. Buzzards/Hawks have been known to carry off small babies. Fox and coyotes can also be a problem. Many goat owners use LGD- Livestock guardian dogs to protect their herds!
Bottle Feeding schedule for Baby Goats
I recommend Goats Milk when available
Next I recommend whole Vitamin D Cows Milk bought at grocery store
I do not recommend Goat Milk Replacers
Birth to 14 Days: 11/2 to 3 oz. = 5 times per day (7am, 11am, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm) Total milk for day = 15 oz.
15 days to 30 days: 3 to 5 oz. = 4 times per day. DO NOT FEED MORE THAN 16 oz. PER DAY! (7am, noon, 5pm, 9pm)
31 days to 45 days: 5 to 7 oz. = 3 times per day. DO NOT FEED MORE THAN 18 oz. PER DAY! (7am, 2pm, 9pm)
46 days to 60 days: 7 to 8 oz. = 2 times per day (Morning and evening bottles) Total milk for day 16 oz.
60 days to 90 days: After 60 days I give one bottle per day. 8 to 10 oz. for several more weeks, up to about 3 months or longer to 4 months.
IMPORTANT: If your kid develops diarrhea it is critical that you do something immediately! If he/she is on a bottle investigate the prior feedings to determine if kid was fed more than recommended amount. Also if feeding change from goat milk to cows milk or powdered milk this also can cause diarrhea. Any change should be done slowly. Mix goat milk with whole cows milk equal parts over several feeds. If you choose to bottle feed past 60 days dilute cows milk with about 1/3 water. For initial diarrhea, give kid 5 ml of pepto-bismol by mouth. Repeat several times if needed.
If Diarrhea is not improving after 24 hours, it could be coccidia, then an oral antibiotic is needed, and the kid should be started on it immediately. Untreated diarrhea will kill the goat. The goat will live if treated early.
*For Coccidiosis I use: Toltrazuril(Baycox) Bought online. Dosage is 1ml per 5 pounds of body weight. This is a one-time dose. You may also use Sulfadimethoxine (Albon) 12.5% Dimethox Concentrate also bought online or from Vet. This drug is a 5-day treatment. It is good to have these on hand.
*AS WITH ANY ANTIBIOTIC or WHEN WORMING ALSO GIVE PROBIOTICS to replace normal flora. Comes in powder or paste.
At 2 to 3 weeks, introduce goat pellets. The Kid will not eat it but start rolling it around in his mouth. Also can introduce hay and minerals at this time.
I start Worming at about 4 to 6 weeks for the first time then only as needed, based on eye- lid color. I also do preventive coccidia treatment on my new babies at 3 weeks 6 weeks and 9 weeks.
The best advice I can give on the health of your goats is to watch their behavior. If they are not playing and eating or their tails are down and off by themselves something could be wrong. Investigate: check for diarrhea, and take their temperature. Normal baby temperature is 101.5 to 103.5
HAVE FUN WITH YOUR NEW BABY GOATS!
THANK YOU FROM FANCY GOATS! LET EVERYTHING THAT HATH BREATH PRAISE THE LORD!
You may call me anytime with questions or concerns!
**NOTE: Seller cannot guarantee or be responsible for the care and health of the animal once it leaves the premises.
VETERINARIAN: Caprine (Goat) Vet. Dr. Amy Jo Pilmer D.V.M. Highly recommended. Fredericksburg Tx 830-997-9576