Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Aug 02, 2014
Nigerian dwarf goats are awesome. There I said it.
I've started out by purchasing a male and pregnant female, which had two babies. This species of goats is very hardy and even the two kids were able to survive a Maryland winter (which can get surprisingly cold). While I did not use the goats for anything other than pets, many people milk their goats, use their fur, and eat them, making goats a very valuable animal.
Goats are very playful, jumping, headbutting and climbing anything and everything. This makes building a pen expensive and somewhat time consuming. For my goats, I installed a wire fence in a 20 x 20 area and built a shed to lock them up at night from predators. I soon realized that the pen was much to small and enlarged it and built many structures to play on. Make sure to also give them something to sit under to cool down on hot days. They are very easy to take care of and are very friendly, especially when you have leaves in your hands. They will also clear out a whole field for you. Just watch out for young goats headbutting you in the knees!