Farming forum: I want a pygmy goat :)

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Oct 4, 2012 6:36 AM CST
Any advice?
The riding lawn mower is dying so we all got the bright idea that if we bought just one itty bitty goat we won't have to replace it :biggrin:
More eco-friendly, so to speak....

Anything I need to know?
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
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Kathleen
Oct 4, 2012 6:54 AM CST
This is what I know about goats: they eat and poop and you can't just go on vacation.

Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Perpetually happy!
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threegardeners
Oct 4, 2012 6:55 AM CST
I never go on vacation anyways....and the pigeons, cats and dogs eat and poop already...so it should all be good then, right?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Oct 4, 2012 7:48 AM CST
As I understand it goats are basically browsers as opposed to grazers. So if you want weeds eaten they might be better than if you're looking for a lawnmower.
Porkpal
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Perpetually happy!
Forum moderator Tip Photographer I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Critters Allowed Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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threegardeners
Oct 4, 2012 8:04 AM CST
awww...bummer...do they make pygmy sheep?
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
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Kathleen
Oct 4, 2012 12:39 PM CST
http://www.minilivestock.com/miniaturesheep.html

Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Perpetually happy!
Forum moderator Tip Photographer I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Critters Allowed Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Keeps Goats Keeper of Poultry Frogs and Toads Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian
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threegardeners
Oct 4, 2012 4:37 PM CST
hmmmmm....maybe one of each? Whistling Angel
This is the one thing that will get Hubby to cleaning out the garage Glare
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Perpetually happy!
Forum moderator Tip Photographer I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Critters Allowed Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Keeps Goats Keeper of Poultry Frogs and Toads Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian
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threegardeners
Oct 6, 2012 4:53 PM CST
Seriously though....what would you recommend?
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Oct 6, 2012 6:03 PM CST
Goats will chew the bark off your trees, eat your shrubs, climb on your cars and trucks, and unless confined be a pain. A miniature horse, you can find them fee on craigs list or very cheap. They nibble the grass short, their manure is dry and easy to pick up, or leave it for furtilizer. They can be house trained too. Sheep graze short too, and you can eat them. Either way, unless you have a lot of yard, you will have to supliment their food supply.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Perpetually happy!
Forum moderator Tip Photographer I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Critters Allowed Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Keeps Goats Keeper of Poultry Frogs and Toads Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian
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threegardeners
Oct 6, 2012 6:17 PM CST
Never occurred to me to get a mini horse!

Anything I get, since I'm right in town, will be "tied" out in different areas of the lawn during the day and put in a stall at night.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Oct 6, 2012 7:07 PM CST
I don't know about minis but real horses don't "tie out" reliably. they tend to get tangled up and panic. Also our horses are poor lawnmowers. They graze their favorite spots short and let the rest grow uneaten. I vote for the sheep.
Porkpal
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Perpetually happy!
Forum moderator Tip Photographer I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Critters Allowed Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Keeps Goats Keeper of Poultry Frogs and Toads Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian
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threegardeners
Oct 6, 2012 7:16 PM CST
Thumbs up will a sheep tie out nicely? I checked on mini horses in my area...all over $1000.
Sheep wins.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Oct 7, 2012 4:25 AM CST
Wow, you need to come to Wisconsin and buy a trailer load of mini's and take them home and sell them. You could make some money at that rate. Mini's will tie ok if you use a cotton rope they won't get hurt. I've never seen sheep tied, but guess you could try it. I used to judge horse shows, including mini's. About ten years ago, some of them cost over $12,000. each. People were going crazy breeding them, and now they are so over populated here that they are giving them away to get rid of them, as hay is so high priced because of the drought.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great

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