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My new mini goat herd

Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,699 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited February 21 in Goats & Sheep

I needed new blood in my goat lines and I found a small mini herd, 5 goats at about 2 years old. The does are nigerian, the buck pygmy

They are healthy, up on their shots and I checked out their housing and they have lived in good conditions. Its so icy here I'll pick them up next week but the deposit in down.

I do have one question The one goat is close to kidding. Will the stress from moving her affect her birthing? She will have about a one hour trip here. They think she is due in 5 to 10 days. I think closer to 5 days


  • RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 780 ✭✭✭✭

    @Denise Grant so what decision did you make? Move them this week or wait until she kids.

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,699 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @RustBeltCowgirl I think I should wait but I need to talk to the lady who has them. More work for her if she keeps them but I really think the stress might not be good for the goat or kidding.

    Any thoughts from goat owners here?

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,699 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 25

    @RustBeltCowgirl My one new does is ready to deliver any day. I have not moved them yet, due to weather but I was concerned about moving her when she is this close to delivery. They are not sure of the day but she look ready to go any time.

    I was concerned if a move that close to delivery would affect her. Long drive and a totally new place seems it would stress her out a bit. This is her first time having kids too. What do you think?


    I really have no experience with goats but my guts says, if the lady is willing, to wait.

  • seeker.nancy - Central Texasseeker.nancy - Central Texas Posts: 802 ✭✭✭✭

    I would wait since she is a first time mother. There instincts don't always kick in at first and if she's trying to adjust to a new place and a big move she might not take her kid. Some are just really slow starters.

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,699 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 6

    My new herd arrives Sunday. It would have been sooner but this solid ice in all the wrong places has made it difficult. I am still going to have trouble unloading them and they may have to go into a smaller shed at first. The lower yard section is 6 inches of ice. Moving goats that are not used to me on that mess is not wise.

    The lady I am buying them from will wait until the new doe kids. Its just too much of a chance to take moving her and maybe having her deliver too soon or not accept the kid(s)

    I don't normally like a goat to kid at this time of year but I think the worst weather is behind us and I have a nice smaller pen set up for mom and kids. I am looking forward to seeing silliness and having milk and cheese in the future

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,699 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 8

    Well, two of the goats made it home today. I will get the rest tomorrow, except for momma goat. I'll get her Wednesday

    I arrived to pick up goats at 3 pm and the doe was just going into labor. The lady was very surprised, her date was march 15th according to her husband.

    And the goat was somewhat small so the lady expected her to have one bigger one or hopefully two smaller ones since it was her first time kidding.

    She had three!!!!! Of course the first one needed turned but it was ok after that. I would never had thought from her size she would have three - and they are small but healthy.

  • TaveTave Posts: 529 ✭✭✭✭


  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,699 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @torey photos to follow in a few days

  • JennyTJennyT Posts: 428 ✭✭✭

    Excited that the birthing went well. And 3, WOW! Isn't that unusual? I thought they have one or two normally.

    So happy for you @Denise Grant. And yes please, post some pics.😊

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,699 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @JennyT Its not unusual for nigerians to have 3 but it was the first time for this goat and she really did not look that big to be carrying 3. The goat kids are small - but active and healthy. I have to keep an eye on mom and make sure she has enough milk for all of them.

    Right now they have their own pen area. I have no idea when it would be good to try and introduce them back into a herd situation

  • JennyTJennyT Posts: 428 ✭✭✭

    @Denise Grant Happy that they're all heathy and doing well.

    I'm sure someone on here should be able to help with when to reintroduce the new family back into the group.

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,699 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 11

    Well, two more goats made it here today. I have had to work around ice, weather and being able to get there (mom has needed more care this week)

    I brought home one more doe and the buck. The does was easy to unload, the buck - oh wow! I am glad all the ice is gone or my best bet with him would have been to sit down and let him pull me. I was told he was shy and he is, nIce but very shy and not used to a lead.

    I have already trained the first two does more and the one I brought home tonight was quite sweet. I like easy to handle goats and I usually train them to run an obstacle course. They like it, it is good exercise for them and it really entertains my nephew and nieces. (my chickens run a small obstacle course too - its a non stop laugh-a-thon watching them

    Tomorrow rains so Friday I bring home mama goat and the three kids. They are doing very well and very healthy. I held them for quite a while today

  • JennyTJennyT Posts: 428 ✭✭✭

    @Denise Grant Glad to hear your progress and that all has been smooth sailing so far, for the most part. Can't wait to see those pictures of all your new additions.😊

  • silvertipgrizzsilvertipgrizz Posts: 1,790 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Pictures, can't wait to see them. Hoping some day to have some nubian and lamancha for their milk.


    @Denise Grant I am so excited for you! I hope to be getting goats in a year or so and this is so helpful to see you starting out! Keep us posted! Thank you!

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,699 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I named these kids after my newphew and nieces. Addsion, Marlo and Daphne

    My dad named pigs after us once. I wasn't sure how to take that.

  • JennyTJennyT Posts: 428 ✭✭✭

    So adorable!!!! @Denise Grant And snowy white, wow! You just want to pick it up and give it a cuddle.😁

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,699 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 15

    @JennyT They are very friendly right now and that is the way I want it to stay. All three will have a bit of a fawn color and a little black. It helps me tell them apart.

    I brought one in for a few minutes for mom to see. She held it and it was so well behaved

  • TaveTave Posts: 529 ✭✭✭✭

    Our goats were always our pets and were very friendly. I'd rather have a small goat than a dog.

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