how much are pet goats….?

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Question by fluffy pink pineapple: how much are pet goats….?
we are thinking about getting a goat mabye 2 we were wondering how much they would be in english pounds.
we live in bedfordshire do you no were to get one from and are there any tips about looking after them.

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3 Responses to how much are pet goats….?

  1. I dont know how much they would cost where you live. I paid $ 75 for a red headed Boer goat here. It just depends on the kind you want. a bush goat here runs about $ 25 where a boer goat will run $ 50-$ 150 here. They make good pets! Mine was house broke for the most part (she stayed in at night when it was cold whileI was bottle feeding her). I had a very hard time keeping her in her pen.

    luv my animals
    June 17, 2014 at 4:47 am
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  2. Here’s a great thread you should read all about keeping goats for the first time

    here’s a few points from the thread (it wont let me copy and paste):
    1) Keep more than one goat as they get lonely for their own kind
    2) never keep them tethered as it’s now considered cruel and against the law, fence the area off so they dont wander.
    3) make sure they have access to a water proof shelter out of the wind, rain and sun, to prevent sunstroke and pnumonia, with a covered floor to sleep on such as a pallet covered in boards and straw.
    4) Never get an uncastrated male as it will become unmanagable, very stinky and even dangerous
    5) get wethers (castrated males) who have been disbudded (had their horns removed at an early age by a vet (under anasthetic by law).
    6) Regular maintainence includes; worming twice a year, trimming hoofs every 6 weeks and treatment for lice annually, you can do all this yourself.
    7) Unless they’re dairy goats they wont need any extra concentrated feed but they will need a regular supply of roughage such as hay and in wet weather they will not go out to feed so they will need plenty of hay throughout the day to prevent stomach problems. Also they will eat poisonous plants so its up to you to ensure all poisonous plants are removed from your land. also dont expect them to eat all your thistles and weeds if there are good hedges around the area they can tuck into!
    8) they will also need fresh water every day, possibly twice a day to prevent the water from becoming dirty and unhealthy.
    9) Pygmy goats are smaller and more manageable as pets but will not produce milk and cheese for your household, nor meat for your freezer.
    10) You will need to apply for a CPH number (a county parish holding number). it is illegal for anyone to keep a goat or any farm animal on a piece of land that does not have a CPH number. See the final link below. You will also need to be registered with Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).

    Goats can cost from nothing at all up to around £300 depending on their purpose and where you get them from.

    Try the RSPCA, a local goat breeder, any tourist attraction that has a pet’s corner may have an excess looking for new homes.

    Finally to to the British Goat Society website for more information on breeds (see link below) and remember that goats are cloven hoofed animals and as such are susceptible to foot and mouth disease.

    Hope this answers some of your questions :)

    squdgypurplebed
    June 17, 2014 at 5:38 am
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  3. T hink again!after reading some of the other replies do you want the hassle.The best place is a local goat keeper or at Livestock auction market, at the moment this will be a no no because of the Foot and Mouth scare and no Cloven hoofed livestock can be moved from an to an area Contact D.E F.R.A.They will tell you all you need to know.

    wacky
    June 17, 2014 at 5:47 am
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