Pygmy Goats – FAQ’s
This page covers many of the more common questions raised when discussing Pygmy Goats, but for more detailed and comprenensive reference on the subject I can highly recommend an ebook I came across called “A beginners guide to Raising Goats” and can be found here!
Where are Pygmy goats from?
The Pygmy goat comes from the Cameroon Valley in Western Africa. They were introduced to the UK many years ago.
What do Pygmy goats eat?
Pygmy Goats enjoy being fed and will eat almost anything, but hay is their favourite. Grain or grain mixes supply added protein, vitamins, and minerals. There are a variety of grain mixes formulated specifically for goats that contain 16% protein. As an alternative, rolled ration, otherwise known as COB, contains corn, oats, and barley with or without molasses. It contains about 9% protein and no added vitamins and minerals.
Salt and minerals are a vital part of a goat’s diet and are found in a variety of sources including hay, pasture, grain, soil, and supplements. Bones are composed of calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P), therefore, Ca and P must be in a goat’s diet in adequate amounts for it to have good bone and muscle development. Even a mature animal must have adequate Ca and P to maintain bone structure. The ratio of Ca and P is quite important-it should be 2:1 in a goat’s diet. This ratio is not only important for bone development, but also aids in urinary tract health in male goats.
Why are Pygmy goats kept?
Pygmy goats are often kept in zoos or as pets because they have a friendly personality and are happy in all weathers. Although they produce a large amount of milk for their size and can be eaten, pygmy goats are not often used for milk or meat.
How long do Pygmy Goats live for?
10 – 18 years.
What sort of shelter/housing is required?
You cannot house Pygmy goats in a large dog kennel as some people believe. They don’t like to sleep on the ground, they like to have large benches or similar to sleep on! The ventilation should also be good but the accomodation should also be draft free.
Remember Pygmy goats do not like to live alone, there should be at least two per housing. For bedding, a rubber mat covered with sawdust and straw and to make cleaning simple, the floor should be ideally tilted toward the door. This will allow you to hose down the floor on a regular basis and the water will flow out the door. You won’t have to clean very often though because the goat will keep its bed clean. Outside the area should be securely fenced to allow your Pygmy goats to exercise and keep safe.
Can Pygmy Goats and Sheep be kept together?
The short answer is YES, absolutely. Both Pygmy Goats and Sheep are herd animals and will live together quite happily.
Have a look at the sheep and Pygmy Goats in the video below!