Keeping Your Goat Herd Healthy

General Information About Fainting Goats

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.