Monday, November 26, 2012

Meet the Goats

Since I've shown lots of photos of our 2 goats and shared some basic information, I thought I would take some time to introduce our two friends.



In mid-August (while my husband was away), I started reading about goats.  They were always something we'd discussed, but it fell into the 'someday' category.  When I started learning about the Pygora breed I knew it was for us.  Pygora goats are a mix between Pygmy and Angora and are small with lovely fiber.  Since we're still deciding whether we'll milk the goats, I loved the idea of getting some fiber.

I broke the news slowly to Dave.  (I think I may have told him over the phone I wanted goats, and by the time he got home from his trip, I explained why it was imperative that we pick them up in two weeks).

He took it well.

We didn't have quite enough time to build a custom shed, so the next weekend we went to Lowes and brought home a pre-fab shed, went to tractor supply and got some fencing, and ordered a few goat books online.  The plan was to divide the shed into 2/3 goat home and 1/3 chicken coop.  By the time we picked up the goats we had the walls and half the fence up.  Needless to say the goats spent a day in the garage before we got everything together.



Our goats are both Pygoras although they look very different.  Sam, the caramel and white goat, is a whether and is very shy.  Christabelle (or Belle) is over the top friendly, and licks and wags her tail like a dog and gets right in your face.  I was a bit concerned at first that Sam had horns and Belle had been dehorned, but with the exception of some rough play head butting instigated by Belle, it doesn't seem to be a problem yet.  They are both sweet, gentle with the children, intelligent, entertaining, and oh so soft to touch.  I'm looking forward to shearing them in the spring for the first time!

Here are a few more videos:

Sam Climbs a Fallen Tree


Pygora Goats at Play




I shared at: The Barn Hop

9 comments:

  1. They are so cute! I like the idea of a dual (or multi-) purpose goat breed. We don't have goats yet but am bookmarking this so I'll remember the breed mix.

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    1. So far the breed is great - I'll let you know how shearing goes.

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  2. I'm lovin' Sam! So cute... thanks for sharing all the videos too.

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  3. They are too cute! I love how your chicken tried to get in the shot in the first video :) I've never heard of pygora goats, so interesting! I love the video of them playing. I think I would just sit and watch them all day long.

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  4. So cute! Can I ask how much room you have for them to roam? We are thinking sheep or goats but can't decide, are not totally sure we have enough room for them.

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    1. We have them in a space with about a 350 foot circumference with 5 chickens and an 8x8 foot shed (the whole shed is 8x12, but part is for the chickens). This is plenty of space for them. They spend most of their time in a 20 x 30 foot section of the 'pasture' The shed would probably comfortably house 2 more goats. I'm not sure how it will be in the spring/summer since at this time of year they aren't eating greens out there. We have an option to add more space if we want. I don't really know the min. requirements for keeping goats happy, but I think it is much smaller than our set up.

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  5. I hopped over here from the Wicked Wednesday Blog Hop. I just had to take a look at your goats. We have a billy and he is quite a character. Goat people are good people.

    Just lovin' your blog..

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  6. I would love to get a couple little goats but I hear they are very hard to keep contained. I live on one square acre surrounded by a golf course, so my chicken and goats CAN NOT get loose!

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