Things to Ask Yourself
Let's Start With The Basics...
The first question I always ask is what are you looking for?
We find many people reaching out to us inquire about getting a baby goat for a multitude of different reasons. Some want pets, others are looking for fresh milk right from their own backyard, and others are looking to add quality stock to their Performance Herd or 4H project.
This page is intended for new goat owners to help you get started and answer some basic questions
Things to think about before you commit:
- All our goats come with an instruction sheet (no assembly required) and my phone number!
- Purchase your goats in pairs if you do not already have a livestock companion at home: Goats are herd animals and always need a companion animal in order to be happy, well rounded pets.
- If it is just pets that you are looking for, we recommend you consider purchasing two castrated boys. We call them "wethers." Wethers are extremely loving and don't come with any of the negative attributes that an intact buck has. They are also MUCH less expensive to purchase. Our Does (what we call a female goat) start at $450 and up. Castrated boys are $75 . All our babies play together so they can bond with each other, that way they have someone they know when they leave.
- If you are starting your own herd for milking and cannot afford two does at once, then by all means get a doeling and a wether. Then keep doelings when you breed your doe, God willing!
- If you are wanting to breed your does when the time comes, makes sure you have access to a buck for hire. We offer stud service only to does we sell or FFA and 4H members.
- We send most of the baby goats home on bottles between 6-8 weeks of age. Rest assured bottle feeding is not that time consuming. We have yet to have a customer regret the limited work involved. It is a wonderful way to bond with your new babies. It only takes a few minutes a couple of times a day.
- You are going to fall in love with your new goats, it's a given... So make sure you purchase from a reputable source. Goats can carry diseases that have the potential to affect their future health and well being. Ask the herd you are purchasing from if they disease-test their herd annually. Purchasing a baby goat from a herd that does routinely test may cost a bit more up front, but is well worth the peace of mind in the end.
- Goats can live up to 15 years, so be prepared for that commitment.
- Before you buy any goat I highly suggest you get this book it will answer a lot of before and after questions!
THE BEST REFERENCE BOOK FOR ALL GOAT NEEDS:
"Holistic Goat Care," by Gianaclis Caldwell
- Things you will need :
- Fresh Hay - Bermuda or Timothy grass (or a blend with Alfalfa) for year-round feeding of both does (girls) and bucks (boys) if they are pets, not in milk, or pregnant. We feed Alfalfa to all the goats here.
- We also feed a Bermuda/alfalfa hay pellet made for horses. Either Lakin or Standlee brand.
- Some goats do not need grain. A SMALL handful as a treat for pet goats or non-working goats over 6 months old. We feed Safe Choice brand for horses to our pregnant and milking does. It seems to be a better quality of grain with less dust and fines.
- Fresh Clean Water - We cannot emphasize enough the need for fresh clean water daily for your goats health. Especially in Az where the water gets hot in the summer. If it isn't clean enough for you to drink it, they shouldn't drink it either.
- Minerals - Made specifically for goats. Should be offered all the time and topped off weekly. We use Sweet Licks Magnum Milker as it is formulated for alfalfa hay fed as forage.
- We supply our goats with baking soda, just a little and freshen it weekly.
- Good pair of hoof trimmers - your goats hooves will need to be trimmed every 4-8 weeks to maintain healthy feet.
- Goats love to have houses and love to climb on things, so enrich their pens!
- If not kept in a large enough area, the pen will need to be cleaned about once a month.
- I suggest all goats get a Tetanus booster once a year.