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Pygmy and Fainting Goats

 Our goats are mixed in size and color, some have horns while others do not.
We always have a variety of pygmy and fainting goats, and the herd size fluctuates between 40 and 55 animals.




Depending on their age, we usually will sell off 6-9 month old billys twice a year. We usually prefer to sell our goats in pairs, because like humans, they do experience stress when being moved from one farm or location to another. A friend usually helps make the transition easier.

 

On the average our nannies will give birth 1 - 2 times a year roughly every 155 days. They will usually have 1 kid, but sometimes twins and even triplets are normal. Within 30 minutes the baby is fully functional nursing, standing and  even jumping around.

Being herd animals, the goats function as a group with a defined pecking order all the way from the Alpha male & female all the way down. This order seems to be based on age and strength for the males, and for females who has raised the most babies usually determines their standing in the heirarchy.

Check out our fainting goat video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOf30xcDWS0:

This video shows one of our fainting goats as we sneak up on him from behind. They stiffen up and lose control of their muscles when frightened or startled. This behavior does them no harm and they are good to go in about 20 seconds.

Fainting goats have been used for over 100 years in sheep and goats herds as a diversion for predators to protect other animals. The predator "catches" the fainting goat easily which allows the others to escape. However,  Great Pyrenees instinctively protect the goats, and will even stay by the side of a birthing nanny and help clean the babies immediately after they are born. This prevents predators from responding to the scent of blood and making an attempt to take a newborn baby as its easy prey.  The goats seem to understand this mutual benefit knowing the dogs wiill not harm them or their young, while the Great Pyrenees are just doing what they have been bred to do over the past 10,000 years.