Our children have gotten older and aren't around enough anymore to take care of the animals like they use to, so we are "thinning" the herd here at our homestead.
We would like to find homes for our wonderful, entertaining, and friendly herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats. Our preference would be to sell the whole herd to another farm. We have 13 goats in all--3 doelings, 1 buckling, 4 bucks and 5 does. 4 of the does are currently in milk. All of them have been exposed to the males for mating.
Almost all of our goats have their horns. Above is "YOKO", the last goat we had our Vet disbud. It was a bloody, painful mess and she now sports only one lovely, curling horn. The practive of disbudding simply stopped making sense to us. In fact, we find it is easier to handle goats WITH their horns--they are nice handlebars that help you lead them where you want them to go. (And, if you understand goats, you know how "cooperative" they like to be::cough::cough::)
We have 2 Does in milk at this time with another 2 Does toward the end of the milking stage. We assume that at least 3 of our does are pregnant now and will have their kids sometime between August and October. (Nigerian Dwarf goats can give birth at any time of the year.)
Yoko is at the end of her milking cycle, but we are pretty sure she is pregnant and due anytime from August on.
Recent pics of our Goats
Our herd has been "closed" for the last 3 years which means that our goats have not been exposed to other people's goats or any communicable goat diseases. They are disease free and currently (and happily!) on non-certified organic grass and pasture now. In the winter we feed them certified Organic hay. We use to milk them multiple times a day, but for the last year we haven't. The kids stay with their moms and nurse until the moms tire of it. They have free-choice goat minerals and baking soda available all the time. Often times we give them pine branches to devour and it seems to work well as a natural dewormer.