How We Raise Our Goat Kids
Our hand raised, bottle fed babies are either Nigerian Dwarf , Mini-Nubians, Mini-Manchas, or Mini-Alpines. We usually have anywhere from 20 to 30 born on the farm each spring. We showcase them on our For Sale page and try to keep it updated as time permits. We frequently post about goings on the farm on our Facebook page, find us at PapaJohnsFarmNC. . You can also call or text Papa John at 336.624.4500 to find out what is available and make arrangements to come and see them.
Our little kids spend their days romping in the kid pen until they are old enough to be let out with the herd. They are all hand fed and bottle raised and calm and comfortable with people. They play with our grandchildren, and are handled constantly by all of us on the farm.
They are watched over by our Great Pyrenees protector dogs, and often bunk with cats. They become the perfect little backyard farm pet, and learn their names and come when called.
We disbud early to make sure there are no issues with horns or scurs. They get CDT shots and are wormed. By the time they are ready for their forever homes they are healthy and eating grain and hay. Little boys are fixed between the 8th and 10th week, and become very sweet, and the perfect option for those folks who do not want to breed. We do not sell intact males unless they are reserved and paid in full by the time they are 8 weeks of age. Yearly CDT shots are provided and stud service as well for any "Papa Johns" registered goat. This means you do not have to keep a buck if you want to experience the fun of breeding and raising baby goats yourself. We will continue to answer questions and provide advice after your purchase. We are not vets, but are happy to share knowledge in the effort to support the breed.
Every goat that is raised on our farm retains the right to return to the farm, so it will never be homeless. In others words, there is a lifetime return policy for the goat, but you don't get your money back!
You may reserve a kid with a $50 deposit, final payment is due before the goat leaves the farm. Once you've selected your kids, we do encourage you to visit them often to watch them grow and bond with them, they are normally ready to go to their new homes between 8 and 12 weeks, depending on whether they are eating solid food. All our purebred goats can be registered with either AGS(Nigerian Dwarfs) or MDGA (Mini-Nubians, Mini-Alpines) and we provide you with the forms complete for you to fill in the name you prefer when you register them.
Current prices are $250 for a wether (fixed male) and $500 for a Doe (female) .
GOAT CARE NOTES (MAY 6, 2016)
Here are some recommendations from us to help you care for your new kids.
FEED: We use and recommend Southern States Kid & Goat 17% feed. You can look on the bag for the recommended amount to feed each coat, but what we find we are doing is giving each young kid goat about 2cups twice a day. Natural vegetation should provide the bulk of their diet. It is always good to have hay available to them. Our does in milk get to eat as much as they want as long as they are on the milk stand to make sure the get the nutrition needed for milk production.
Use the Web site www.Fiascofarm.com as a good reference as to what plants are poisonous. This is also a great reference web site for raising goats.
MINERALS: We have a small feeder with three compartment available to the goats at all times. We put the following in it:
1. Southern States Goat Minerals in the bag have a very good balance for goats and is very necessary for wethers.
2. Goats also need salt, but a salt block will not do. Get regular iodized table salt and keep it available at all times.
3. Goats also need Baking Soda to help then settle and adjust the ph in their stomachs. Just regular Arm & Hammer or any off brand will do.
WATER: have a constant supply of clean fresh water available.
SHELTER: They need a dry place out of the weather (drafts and rain). This does not need to be heated in the winter.
FENCING: Goats need to be fenced in to keep them from wandering off and for their protection from predators. The fence needs to be at least four foot tall.
Feel free to contact us for any questions!