Posted Aug 18, 2014
First of all I have to say to everyone thinking about having a goat as a pet, it's not a terrible idea.
My little goat was more like a dog than a hoofed animal. Including the idea that it'll tear up your yard. Because heck ya, your little goat will eat everything you love. So, if you enjoy a barren back yard and never having to mow, or having anything to water. Ok, I'm joking. Well, sort of...
First things first. I am really glad I got my goat as a baby. But, even though they are so cute and nearly cuddly...
DO NOT TURN YOUR BABY GOAT ON IT'S BACK.
Baby goats cannot be held like human babies or puppies. Goats have two stomachs and the contents of the stomach will poor into the baby goats lungs and it will suffocate to death in hours.
When you're goat is all grown up, maybe you can wrestle it onto it's back for some play time... :D
Silly worked so hard at getting out of the yard. I'm pretty sure the term, "The grass is greener on the other side of the fence." was written just because of a goat. So many times I've had to untangle her legs out of the fence. Even after the traumatic experience of hanging there for a few hours her silliness went right back and did it again.
Silly was a big talker and pretty verbal. You'll know that your presence is appreciated and that you're loved when a goat comes up and lays it's little head in your lap. I think that getting them at a younger age helps the bonding and your goat will see you more of family than just a passer by.
Also, the idea that I got Silly as a baby gave me all her young experiences with me and not other people or being out in a field. This made training easier. There was no heard pack behavior that had to be quashed and reformed so that she would be a happy yard pet.
If you're planning on getting older goats then you should get more than one and expect to have a smaller fenced in area in your yard to keep them. You should have more than one so that they can keep each other company. Just remember that if you get and boy and a girl that eventually you'll have babies 3
Silly is still around but she's someone else's yard pet now! She has had some babies that other people adopt and have as yard pets.
I sure do hope this helps you with having a little goat fur baby!