There's no doubt about it, baby goats are mighty cute. Goats make fantastic pets with their fun and inquisitive nature and can be as good company as a dog under the right circumstances. Rearing baby goats however, is not for the faint-hearted! Before embarking on a pet baby goat there are a few questions you need to ask yourself.
Long term commitment
Firstly baby goats need to be bottle fed for longer than lambs or calves. Up to 4 months with 8 weeks being a minimum. Many baby goats weaned early will not thrive because their rumens are not adequately developed to move onto an all fibre diet.
Little and often
During the first few weeks baby goats need to fed little and often. We would feed our newborns 8 times a day during the first few days, reducing to 4 times a day by 6 weeks.
Warm, clean and dry
Goats are not born with a woolly fleece or protective layer of fat and are especially susceptible to the elements. They can withstand quite cold temperatures provided they are dry and out of the draught. Goats are also not particularly tidy animals and will need regular bedding changes to keep diseases down.
Goats are herd animals and do not like to be on their own. Another goat is the best option by far, but if that is not possible, goats can be companions with other types of animal including lambs, calves, dogs and they love being around people.
It seems that goats come pre-programmed with the innate need to get out of whatever enclosure they are in. No matter how big it is or how great the feed supply. They also make it their duty to discover any potential hazards to get trapped in.
If a goat has something to say, she will usually say it loudly. Most often it will be about food or company. Some goats can really sound like they are screaming "Muuuum". This can be a bit disconcerting if you also have small children around!
Small goats become big goats
Of course this should be obvious but perhaps you have a pet goat for your child to rear for school lamb and calf day and can't keep it when it gets older, hungrier and stronger. Male goats should always be castrated if they are not being kept as breeding bucks. This is because bucks can be aggressive and are very strong and will put a lot of effort into getting to does in season.
Let's get started
Awesome, so you have ticked all the boxes above and are ready to rear your pet goat.
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