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Ensure your pygmy goats are healthy by only purchasing goats from reputable breeders

So you have decided to bring adorable, friendly pygmy goats into your family, but do you know the best place to purchase them? By far the most important element to consider when purchasing pygmy goats is their health. You don’t want to bring unhealthy goats into your home because not only will their inevitability be higher costs in keeping them alive, unhealthy goats can infect any healthy goats you may have, have an increased risk of dying prematurely, and many diseases that plague them don’t h... read full article

Amber Waves Offers New Service to Customers: Animals from Select Outside Breeders Now For Sale

Amber Waves is proud to announce the launch of a new service for its customers! In addition to being able to purchase African pygmy goats that are bred and raised by Amber Waves, customers are now able to purchase other breeders’ animals through Amber Waves. As a reputable breeder for over 30 years, Amber Waves is working with a select group of outside breeders to offer customers an even wider selection of animals to choose from when deciding on the perfect addition to their homes.

Each anima... read full article

Considerations When Buying Your First Goat

Considerations When Buying Your First Goat

The domestic goat, also known as Capra aegagrus hircus, is one of the oldest domesticated animals in the world. Goats are an excellent source of milk, meat, hair, and skin. They are beneficial to humans whether they are alive or deceased. Additionally, since goats are widely farmed, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization recorded that there are more than 924 million species of goats in the world during 2011.

Since goats are a source... read full article

Goat Fencing and Goat Shelters for Your Goats’ Protection

Buying your first goat and getting started with the whole process of raising goats comes with a number of factors to consider. One of the first few things that should come to mind is the area where you plan to house your goats. While it is true that goat fencing and goat shelters do not really need to be expensive, you still have to ensure that the kind of materials and structure that you plan to use will be enough to cover the basic needs of your animals.

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Summer Heat and Goat Health

Goats are probably one of the most important and most versatile livestock in the cattle industry. The traditional milk cow, sheep, rabbits, chickens, ducks, and turkeys all have their particular uses, but none will provide all of the following: milk, cheese, meat, cashmere, and a hiking trip companion.

Goats come in a variety of breeds which are defined by their three main uses. There are hair goats, meat goats, and dairy goats such as Alpines, Oberhasli, Saanen, La Mancha, and Nubian. All... read full article

How much is that pygmy in the window?

How much is that Pygmy in the window?

1. Notice I said “adding pets". Goats are herd animals. While they enjoy the company of "their" humans they do need the companionship of other animals. I believe it is preferable for the other animal to be another goat, however many people have a dog, cat, donkey, or horse as a companion for their goat.

2. Do you have appropriate housing for the goats? Is there enough room for them to run and play? What toys do you have for play and exercise?

3... read full article

How to Recognize a Sick Goat: Signs to Call a Vet

How to Recognize a Sick Goat: Signs to Call a Vet

If goats could only tell people how they feel, it would be easier for their owners to tell what their problem is. However, goats have their own language too. It is easy enough for you to learn how to recognize a sick goat. Healthy goat behavior is distinct from a sick goat’s.

Before you can recognize a sick goat, healthy goat characteristics should first be understood. You have to know what kind of behavior to expect from your goat. ... read full article

Differences between buying a Pygmy Wether (fixed male) or Doe (Female)

Differences between buying a Pygmy Wether (fixed male) or Doe (Female)

Advantages to buying wethers (fixed males)

• Lower cost to buy
• Make an excellent show wether or forever pet

Disadvantages to buying Wethers (fixed males)
• Do not hold their value
• Can develop Urinary Stones
• Have a restricted Diet

Advantages to buying Does (females)

• No diet restrictions
• Unlikely to develop Urinary Stones
• Hold their Value
• Can reproduce

Disadvantages to buying Does (fema... read full article

What Exactly is a Pygmy Goat Anyways?

What Exactly is a Pygmy Goat Anyways?

So, you have seen the adorable pictures of pint-size goats populating the Internet. You may have even enjoyed a picture or two on this website. At this point, you likely have some questions if you have never been exposed to pygmy goats before. Many people even wonder if these images of tiny goats are really young goats that will eventually become “regular sized.” However, these miniature goats are actually their very own breed. Read on for more informatio... read full article

Buying Your First Goat

Buying Your First Goat

For the first-timers, buying your first goat is always an exciting time. Same goes for those who already have many animals, adding a few more to the family is addicting too. What you are about to read is designed to help those who are buying a goat for the first time.

Fencing and Housing

Some may think that the first step is choosing what goat to buy. That’s not what you should be thinking about first. Buying your first goat is like buying a pet fish. Before get... read full article