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Care Sheet - Pygmy Goats
395 N. Rangeline Rd.
Pleasant Hill, OH 45359
Ph/Fax: (937) 676-2058
You'll find that these little goats make the best pets. To keep your goat healthy and happy, there are several things you can do:
1) Buy him or her a mate. This may not be practical if you live in a residential area. A single pygmy goat can be kept as a pet in most residential areas because they are not used for meat, wool, milk or breeding.
2) FEED: Feed your goat a medium quality hay (or pasture in summer) and some grain. We use crimped or whole oats or a mix of oats and corn. Corn needs to be crimped or cracked so that it's small enough for the goat's little teeth. You may want to have your feed store add some liquid molasses for sweetness. Or, your feed store will carry a goat or sheep mix that is very good. Keep a salt block available at all times, preferably both a white block and a brown (trace mineral) block.
HELPFUL HINT: It is best to keep the goat's hay and grain OFF the ground. A simple hay rack with small openings for the goat to pull the hay through is best, and any type of clean dish is good for grain. Hay left on the ground can be contaminated by the goat's walking on it; and this can spread disease in your goat or other animals sharing the same hay.
3) WATER: Keep a low sided container of fresh water available. If you are using a
4) HYGIENE: Keep your goat's area clean and dry to help prevent disease. Goats
5) SHELTER: A sturdy doghouse or an enclosed stall or barn will provide adequate
6) MEDICAL CARE: We worm our goats four times a year. Several different
Your goat's hooves may need to be trimmed occasionally. On normal pasture,
Your goat should always appear bright and alert. Lethargy and/or loss of appetite may be signs of trouble, so learn to "know" your goat so that you will be aware if he or she is not feeling well.
We hope that you will be happy with your new goat. We think you'll find a goat is the friendliest, funniest, most entertaining pet you'll ever have. Should you ever decide you cannot keep him or her for any reason, please call us first. And if you have any questions at all or just want to let us know how he or she is doing, please call.
Polly & Gary Ward
Bottle-feeding: Should keep on bottle until at least 8 weeks old. At about age 5 weeks, can be cut from 3 feedings/day to 2 feedings/day if she's eating hay and/or grain. IMPORTANT: If manure should become "loose", feed her the same number of ounces, but feed it weaker (more water) until manure returns to normal.