Doe- a female adult goat
Doeling- a young female goat
Nanny- an older term used by some meaning a female goat
Buck- a male adult goat
Buckling-a young male goat
Billy- an older term used by some meaning a male goat
Wether-a male goat that can no longer reproduce
Wethers make the best pet
Boys seem to be friendly by nature. They are more outgoing.
Kid-a baby goat OR giving birth
Freshen- to give birth
Dry doe- is an unbreed doe (she will have no milk).
Yearling-a goat between 1-2 yrs of age. A teenager they are sometimes called.
Fainting goats are a slow maturing goat. I have seen does and bucks still growing at 4 yrs of age. I recorded their height at 3 yrs and then again 4 yrs of age and they were taller! This is something to watch if you are interested in raising the miniature Fainting goats.
Polled-born without horns
Herd-a group of goats (2 or more)
Heat cycles avg every 21 days
Geatation is 145-155 days with an avg of 150 days
You should lower your does Calcium the last 30 days prior to kidding
Life span for a Doe= 10-12 yrs
Life span for a Buck= 8-10 yrs
Life span for a Wether =11-15 yrs
Goats are herd animals and you should have at least 2.
Goats have no upper front teeth
Wattles are appendages of skin. Some call it goats jewerly.
Goats sneeze as a way to warn their herdmates of possible danger.
Goats are very smart
Goats discovered the coffee beans for our coffee
Fainting goats are easy to contain. They don't jump due to their myotonia condition
Fainting goats have Buggy eyes
Fainting goats have dished facial profiles
Fainting goats are a smaller breed of goat than a Myotonic goat.
Fainting goats were discovered in Marshall County Tn
Fainting goats come in all colors and patterns
Fainting goats are great moms and seem to kid easily
Fainting goats are considered a meat goat even though their rate of maturity is slow
Fainting goats range from 17" - and rarely get over 28". Larger goat will begin to betray themselves and start showing signs of other breed influences.
Most older documentation shows Fainting goats to be between 17-25". Good nutrition and better herd management now allows them to be somewhat larger than the 25" but still a SMALL size goat.
Standard size Fainting goats can be breed around 18 months- 2yrs of age
Miniature Fainting goats should not be breed untill 2 yr - 3 yr of age, depending on their frame
Show goats and meat goats are NOT the same. Decide which you want to breed for and do it 100%
Because the Fainting goat is small in size it is a good foragers. This means they can activly seek out and find their own food. This ability can be breed out if the size is increased.
Disbudding is a way to remove the horns by using a hot iron to burn them away. This is done at an early age. As soon as the buds appear.
De Horning is a way to remove the horns by surgical removal.
Scurs are sometimes develope after a goat has been disbudded. It is quite common is bucks. Bucks hormones encourage the horn growth more so than the hormones of Does. Both Does and Buck can end of with scurs even when done by an experienced breeder or Vet.
Horns are a way in which the goat's body temperature is controlled. They are there for a purpose. Breeders sometimes will choose to remove the horns.
Myotonia is a condition that the Fainting goat has.This condition makes their muscles relax slower that normal. This sometimes gives them the appearance of "fainting". This is how they became known as the Fainting goats!
Several breeds of goats have evolved from the Fainting goats. What breeders today are calling Myotonic goats are a newer more improved version according to the Fainting goat breed. They are supposedly improved because they are a bigger goats. The Miniature Silky goats also came from the combination of a Fainting goat and a Nigerian goat. This breed focuses on nice silky coats. They are not required to "faint". They are a very pretty small to medium sized goat.