i need a baby goat for a pet?

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Question by Britt: i need a baby goat for a pet?
well i want to get a goat for a pet but i don’t know where to get on from. i want a baby so i can bond with it and i want my dog to bond with it to. oh it has to be a girl though. do you know where i can one

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8 Responses to i need a baby goat for a pet?

  1. Goats are social animals and do much better in a herd of other goats than as a solitary goat

    May 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm

  2. LOL

    u do no how much they stink right? itll stink up ur house, crap everywhere. eat ur clothes and everything it can get.

    May 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm

  3. look on kraigs list, or go to your nearest farm to see if they have and or selling goats

    Nic B
    May 10, 2014 at 5:08 pm

  4. I’ve been raising goats since 1999. You are MUCH better off to get two goats. If you get a baby goat you are talking about having to bottle raise the goat for several months. Goat milk replacer is currently about $ 65 for a 20 pound bucket. To bottle raise two baby goats you will need at least two buckets, if not three. So $ 130-$ 195 in just formula costs alone.

    I’m sure you love your dog very much, and your dog is probably a wonderful dog. However there’s nothing like a baby goat, or a lamb to turn an otherwise nice family dog into a killer.

    Over the years I’ve had more pet family dogs break in and kill my goats than anything else.

    You need to be preparded for the fact that you may never be able to trust your dog with your goats. That means having a very good fence that will keep your dog out, and your goats safe.

    You cannot leave goats tied up. A stray dog will eventually come along and kill them.

    You really need to get the goats in pairs. One goat is a very lonely animal. It will spend all of its time bellowing for you to come outside and pay attention to it.

    Don’t worry, two bottle baby goats are just as friendly and loving as one. Goats are a lot of fun to take on hikes. They follow along and “heel” better than most dogs (and that’s without any training!).

    I’m not sure why you only want a girl. Boy goats also make fantastic pets. For boys though, you ONLY want a wether (castrated male goat). NO bucks! Bucks are not good pets. As babies they are cute, but they mature, and then spend the day urinating on themselves (female goats love the smell) and stink horribly.

    You should look through your local Craigslist adds, under the farm & garden section. More than likely someone has a goat for sale.

    I’m assuming you yourself are still young. You might want to concider joining a 4H group about goats. You will learn a lot about goats from the troop leader. You will get to socialize with other children who are also interested in goats. You can then take your goat to the fair and show them. 4H is a lot of fun! To find a 4H group near you, you need to contact your local Agriculture Extension office. You find them in the blue pages (government section) of your local phone book. They will be able to tell you who the local troop leaders are for 4H.

    Permaculture homesteading/farming over 20 years
    Raising meat goats since 1999

    May 10, 2014 at 5:59 pm

  5. Goats are social animals and prefer animals of the same kind. So if you want to get one you might as well get two to make them happier. You can look in the advertisements in the newspaper under farm or pets. Pygmies are good pets but can butt when angry about something. Dairy goats are very good jumpers. Angora have long hair that needs to be shorn. Boers are the most laid back, less likely to jump and less likely to butt. And they are healthier than most other breeds. They need little care.

    Bucks stink, they pee on their faces especially during rut. It attracts the does when the does are in heat. Wethers do not and does do not stink.

    Depending on the breed of dog, depends on whether or not the goat and dog will get along. Great Pyrenees, Anatolian Shepherds are the two breeds that spend a lot of time with goats. But other breeds can as well, but you NEVER want to leave your dog alone with two goats. Especially two babies. If the dog growls or snaps at the goats smack the dog on the nose it has to know right away that it is not allowed to do such things. We had to do that with two of our dogs when we first started out with goats in 1998, when the goats were babies. Of course once the goats reached maturity, the dogs did not dare go near them (they had horns).

    If you live in an area with a lot of stray dogs or dogs that neighbors let loose to go to the bathroom, I suggest you get two goats with horns, depending on the breed. You do not want pygmies with horns or dairy goats. They can and will use those horns on you. Boers, like I said, I very docile and calm and rarely ever use their horns on a person. Raised dairy goats for two years and the last nine years raised boer goats. I learned alot. And I have NEVER been attacked by a boer doe or buck. But I have been butted by a dairy buck once and a dairy doe before.

    You can also go online and type in duh goatman or goat kingdom for a website with a lot of other websites to farms you can look by state and breed and learn more about the different breeds.

    We used a formula we got from fellow goat breeders (who have been in the business for thirty or so years) it is better than the powdered milk. The kids are healthier, gain weight better, happier, and their coats look a lot healthier than on powdered milk. We used it for three years and the kids never had healthy coats, gained little weight, and were more sickly. So when a friend of ours who has a large goat farm in Texas gave us this recipe we used it and we were actually shocked at the results. And we have used it since. The recipe contains more fat than powdered milk (hence better weight gain). If you want to use the recipe it is:

    1 gallon vitamin D milk
    1 can evaporated milk
    1 cup buttermilk

    Bottle babies will follow you…but if they see a bush or plant they like, they will ignore you and go to that bush and eat it. Goats are browsers and they love to browse for weeds they like. They love blackberry bushes. Unless they are little and you have a bottle.

    If you have any questions feel free to ask my email is

    May 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm

  6. If your going to get goats than get two. They are herd animals and don’t like to be alone. Also, unless your dog has been raised with goats I don’t think its a good idea to let it be around the goat. The domestic dog is the #1 predator of goats.

    It would be better for you and the goats if you kept them outside.
    It will smells, and is very messy to keep a goat indoors. We’ve had to keep baby goats inside when its cold, and there is always a huge mess to clean up. Plus, the goats will like to graze and browse, so hopefully you have a large area that you can fence in for them.

    Places that we look for goats are craigslist, our local Co-ops, Goat shows/auctions, and if you want a specific breed you should go to the Registry site for that breed, and look through their breeder directory for breeders near you.

    May 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm

  7. go to a stock sale. they have a auction barn where you bid on different animals.

    May 10, 2014 at 7:54 pm

  8. Well, for starters, a goat who doesn’t have another goat for a companion is going to be loud, annoying and lonely. They will spend most of their time escaping from their pasture and looking for other friends (or may wind up on your porch, or on your neighbor’s front doorstep).

    A goat that is a pet is still livestock, and I hope you’re not planning on trying to keep one as a housepet. Goats are not like dogs – they need pasture and a well-ventilated barn.

    And I recommend people who want to keep goats as pets keep wethers (castrated males), not does. Does usually cost more, and I’ve found they tend to be a little shyer than the boys. Wethers usually have the best personalities.

    And most goats are instinctively terrified of dogs, because dogs are typically a predator. If your dog has never been around goats, there’s a very real possibility that you will never be able to trust it around a goat.

    Before you decide that you want a goat (most of us really don’t “need” them), you need to do some research and learn their proper care. Goats have certain dietary needs, vaccinations, deworming, hoof trimming and basic care. Do your research BEFORE you try to get one as a pet. And don’t get one, because you’ll need to get two, or your pet is going to get so destructive and annoying, that you may end up getting rid of it.

    May 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm

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