What animal has a beard like an old man, eats weeds like candy, thinks a pile of rocks is a playground, and is smaller than a collie dog? The Mini goat!
Nigerian Dwarf Goats are Great Pets While Producing Milk For Your Family
So gentle even an infant can milk them.
Male pygmy or Nigerian Dwarf goats may seem to battle aggressively, but rarely get injured. They are gaining skills to scare off future predators. Lacking another male pygmy goat to fight, the billy may find a cow or sheep to play with. Any young trees in the area will also fall victim to the growing horns of the billy as he tears off the bark while sharpening and rubbing his horns. Many breeders recommend that bucks be neutered if they are sold as pets. Called wethers, neutered pygmy or Nigerian dwarf goats are as docile as females, smell better and make great pets. Yet, an intact Nigerian dwarf or pygmy goat male will protect your heard from dogs and predators. When kids are young they drink milk from their mother's udder and as they grow they will love to eat alfalfa, weeds and grass. Kids can be weaned about 8 weeks old, making the milk available to feed your family for many months.
While nannies also grow horns, they tend to be shorter and are only used to establish a pecking order at the feed trough or to protect their young. Young goats, or kids, are born about 151 days after conception. Usually a single kid or twins are born, but triplets are not unheard of. The kids are born fully covered with hair and are able to walk after a few shaky minutes.
Female goats, called nannies or does, are more docile, friendly and love their group mates. Often pygmy goat kids will jump on the mother's back for a fun ride as she eats her dinner.
A young pygmy goat will engage in mock battles, rising up aggressively on their back legs. Then, they come crashing down to butt heads. Most of the time they just barely touch, but this practice leads to real battles when billies or male goats get older. As the young billies' horns grow longer, they will fight for dominance over the herd. Yet, the less dominate billy will always give up before injury occurs.
Within hours they are full of energy and race around the pasture, skipping and jumping as momma grazes nearby. Following weaning, you get the milk for your family.
While the nanny is producing milk, you can milk the goat for its highly desirable goat milk. Your family will love it.
The two breeds of mini goats are the pygmy and Nigerian dwarf goat. They are similar in size and personality but they do differ in some characteristics. The pygmy goat is bred for meat or as pets. Nigerian dwarf goats are bred for their milk production. Both the pygmy goat and Nigerian dwarf goats are becoming popular because they make excellent pets. More cities are allowing people to have them as pets in their backyard and they will keep grass trimmed and reduce weeds. They may be small, but they have huge personalities and even bigger appetites for weeds and brush. A pile of rocks or your child's trampoline is all they need to have countless hours of fun. Interacting with them and watching them play and romp is proven to reduce human stress.
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