Our 3 new girls!
I could not resist when I got a call from Simon in Essex saying I must come down for a visit I get Kelly and Daisy up and on the road (they were still in there PJ’s when I went to load the car up!) and off we go just over 2 hours later we arrive and what joy……it is a lovely sight when you see approx 80-100 varied coloured Pygmy Goats walking around the large field, at all stages of life. As I get out the car I start whistling and calling and they all come running..do they remember me from my last visit! Or do they just think I am going to feed them! Anyway the reason Simon called me was that he had some Kids available that he thought would go nicely with my small herd. Last time Daisy and I came here we took over 2 hours to choose 5 youngsters from Simons Closed Herd because there was over 80 to choose from. This time it was a little quicker and easier has he had already preselected the best 9 to go with our herd (It only took 90 minutes this time!) and here are some picture of the ones we chose…..what do you think? Don’t forget these are all for you to come and see…
In the spring of 2015 I found a fantastic guy called Simon who has a closed herd of Pygmy Goats about 20 mile from the centre of London in Essex and when Daisy and I got there we could not believe our eyes, there was over 100 Pygmy Goats walking in about a 10 acre field and they varied in colour, size, sex and age…..absolutely stunning to see! Well out comes a bucket of feed and a few whistles and a rattle of the bucket they all come running, well what do you do….we went for 2 young girls and we came back with 5!!!!!! (Including a couple of intact boys…..my idea for the future) my plans are to have a small herd of unusual colours and then start breeding. Watch this space for future additions.
A pygmy goat is a breed of miniature domestic goat. The pygmy goat is quite hardy, an asset in a wide variety of settings, and can adapt to virtually all climates. Pygmy goats originated in the Cameroon Valley of West Africa. Pygmy goats are precocial and polyestrous breeders; bearing one to four young every nine to 12 months after a five-month gestation period. Does are usually bred for the first time at about twelve to 18 months, although they may conceive as early as two months if care is not taken to separate them early from male kids. Newborn kids will nurse almost immediately, begin eating grain and roughage within a week, and are weaned by ten weeks of age.