Wednesday, October 2, 2013

How Do I Care For African Pygmy Goats?



How Do I Care For African Pygmy Goats?

So you are thinking about adding a pygmy goat to your family, but you are unsure about the care involved. No problem! Amber Waves has been raising and breeding African pygmy goats for over 30 years and is always happy to share information on pygmy goat care.

Potential customers who are new to the world of African pygmy goats often wonder how difficult it would be to raise a goat of their own. The great news is that pygmy goats require about the same amount of time and money as raising the average family dog.


Pygmy goats need adequate shelter to keep them safe from other animals and the elements. Consider where they will spend most of their time and the climate in which you live before determining the appropriate shelter for your pygmy goats. Pygmy goats can happily live in a barn or inside your home. Pygmy goats are being successfully raised in urban, suburban, and rural environments, so as long as your city doesn’t have rules that ban livestock ownership, you should be able to raise a healthy, well-adjusted pygmy goat. However, your pygmy goat should be allowed access to outdoor space to ensure he or she is getting fresh air and exercise. If your goat will be spending unsupervised time outdoors, secure fencing will be needed.

Fresh, clean water is a must for pygmy goats. Be sure to give your goat access to clean water at all times so dehydration never becomes an issue. Fed for pygmy goats is quite inexpensive. In general, pygmy goats should be fed about ¼ cup of grain twice a day. A salt lick is also beneficial because it will provide your goat with additional vitamins and minerals. Pygmy goats also enjoy hay and alfalfa, and they will nibble on the grass and weeds in your yard. 

Like any pet, it is important to know that you have a veterinarian nearby who can care for your pygmy goat should illness or injury ever happen. Finding a vet in your area who has experience working with pygmy goats before you need to see her is always a good idea. So is introducing her to your healthy goat and discussing fees before you decide to work with her.

Pygmy goats are social, herd animals. Bringing home more than one pygmy goat will provide your goats with the companionship they require. However, another animal such as a cat, dog, horse, or donkey will can also make an excellent playmate. Of course, your pygmy goat will also thrive with your attention too. Because pygmy goats are curious, playful animals, ensure that your pygmy goat has plenty of play time throughout the day.

Amber Waves
Established in 1982 in Norco, California, Amber Waves is committed to producing high quality, registered African pygmy goats for breeding, showing, and family pet purposes. Over the years Amber Waves has become an industry leader, accumulating prestigious awards such as 428 Champions, 4 Premier Exhibitor awards, 7 Premier Breeder awards, 5 Herdsman awards, and 1 National Champion Buck award. Kiddings are available year round and may be shipped both nationally and internationally. Occasionally proven bucks and does are also available for purchase.

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