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I have stated raising Pygmy goats. I have 4 does and 2 bucks.
I anyone else raising them?
I have one pregnant, I plan on milking them to have milk, make cheese and butter.
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My wife wants one so bad. But she thinks it can be a house pet so until she grows up I've told her no. Lol.

However the idea of using them for milk and cheese is growing on me
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You have to have more than one because the are a heard animal. However if you got a doe and billy, you can breed them and have the milk. I will keep the does and sell the billies. I am so excited about it.

The things I can tell you about the pygmy's is, I LOVE THEM. They are so much easier to take care of than a full size goat. They also go into heat every 18-21 days. They can breed year round.

They are 16-24 inches full grown. They are pets, but they are outside. I have 14 acres and they are eating all of the brush too. I tie them out and keep an eye on them.

If you decide to get some, I have learned allot and would love to share.

I even made my own milking stand and battery operated milking machine. I am very excited about the milk, cheese, and butter!
Go ahead and take the plunge!

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If anyone has any ideas on what to do with the Whey after making cheese, I would love to know.
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Are they tender to eat? A real question, Ive had goat before but not little ones.
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My wife wants some very badly too.

She said a goat or another child...I said, "That's easy, a goat!"

We already have 4 kids. So the deal is I will build a small barn for it and she needs to read about them, learn about them. I know about chickens and some about pigs; but nothing about goats.
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Jframe, I don't eat them.

Preacherboy, see my above post about them. They are wonderful to have!!!! but get at least 2.
There is allot to learn, and I am learning all of the time. Let me know if you have any questions. I will do what I can to help
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We used to add sugar and vanilla to it and the kids would drink it. It can also be fed to hogs just mix it with the feed.
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I've thought about getting them for milk and cheese, but I thought they were too hard to milk. Maw used to raise them back in the 90s, but they were for show. She had a herd of about 75. Lots of ribbons and trophies. We had a couple of Nubians for milk. I've never ate one either. I imagine the same as any goat.
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One thing about milking the does...if you don't want your milk to taste like "billy goat funk" (and I don't know anyone who DOES), then keep the bucks as far away and as far downwind from the does as possible. Otherwise, the "funk" taste WILL get into the milk, and it will be NASTY.

As for the whey, if you have chickens, pigs, dogs, or cats, they will ALL enjoy the whey.
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They are good climbers which makes them good escape artists.
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I built a small goat barn last summer and have a large area marked off for electric fencing to put up come spring. We hope to get 3 as pets on the farm. Every time I see those little goats I can't help but grin.

i still have lots to learn.
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They are good climbers which makes them good escape artists.
They are amazing climbers and jumpers, but I have found if they cannot see the ground on the other side of the fence they will not jump the fence.

After spending thousands on different types of fencing over the years, the most effective fence I found turned out to be free palletts. Not the greatest look, though fast, easy and effective. The best part was that I learned that if goats cannot see through the fence they stop jumping over them. They were constantly going over my five foot field fence, but never went over my four foot pallett fence. The biggest bonus was not having to remove goats heads from the fence half a dozen times a day, man did that get old fast. The horns squeeze through easily, but boy getting them back out is a bear, especilly when you have a 200 pound goat trying to do the opposite of everything you are trying to do to get it unstuck.
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I've thought about getting them for milk and cheese, but I thought they were too hard to milk. Maw used to raise them back in the 90s, but they were for show. She had a herd of about 75. Lots of ribbons and trophies. We had a couple of Nubians for milk. I've never ate one either. I imagine the same as any goat.
Here is a homemade milker, I made one too.

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We used to add sugar and vanilla to it and the kids would drink it. It can also be fed to hogs just mix it with the feed.
I don't have hogs, but I am using it on my hair and it works great!
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