We stagger our goat breeding to twice a year so that we’ll have goat kids every Spring and Fall. Goats need little to no assistance in kidding and generally take excellent care of their kids.
After kidding each year, we determine which goats we will retain and which are up for sale. Check back occasionally to see if any are available, or stay posted via our newsletter!
Why we love goats
We love all the fun, social and playful personalities of goats. They love spending their days climbing, playing, and resting but they especially love it when we visit them and spend time with them.
Plus it’s just an added bonus that Dairy goats not only give you more baby goats – but also delicous and nutritious raw goats milk!
Learn More About our Dairy Breeds
Nigerian Dwarf Goats
Mini Mancha Goats
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you keep goats from escaping their pens?
Before we got our first goats (while we were still in “research mode”), we realized that one of the main issues goat owners had was keeping the goats secured in their pens. So we decided that it would be worth it to set up our pens as securely as possible right from the start, and since then, we haven’t had any escapees!
One very helpful resource was this post on fencing for mini goats.
Do goats stick their heads through fences?
In one word: YES.
Goats will stick their heads through anything.
However, it’s one thing when a baby goat sticks its head through a fence that it can easily pull it back out of, and it’s something else completely when that rascal is unable to pull it out entirely.
It’s especially tricky with goat kids while they’re growing (along with their horns), in addition to them being super ornery and curious.
One way that we’ve been able to combat this particular tendency is by reinforcing our 4×4 fencing with 2×4 wires – at least for any pens that goat kids have access to.
Otherwise, you’ll be unpleasantly surprised when you’ve got to choose to cut your fencing apart in order to get a cute littlehead loose.
What do you feed your goats?
We grow our own hay at Penner Mini Farms. It’s a mixture of grass hay and legumes and our goats actually love it! Our home grown hay is actually all that we feed all of our males (bucks and wethers) for their entire life, at least after they’ve been weaned
Besides hay, our goat kids are also supplemented with Starter/Grower feed once they begin to be interested in feed at around 1 month, through weaning at about 3 months.
They also get some whole oats as treats with their mama’s and also throughout weaning.
While lactating and throughout nursing/milking, our does are supplemented with whole oats, alfalfa hay, alfalfa pellets, and occasional grain in order to increase their protein/calcium intake during this time.
Do you dehorn your goats?
The short answer is, no.
We choose not to dehorn our kids for several reasons, mostly because we believe they are better off having their horns to protect from predators, as well as the fact that their horns help regulate their temperatures (keeping them warm when it’s cold, and keeping them cool when it’s hot).
However, you will see that many of our goats that we’ve received from other breeders were already dehorned before we got them.
With that being said, we do not dehorn any goat kids that are born at our farm, but understand that some people may choose to for their own reasons, so we do have policies in place that will allow kids to be removed from the farm in order to dehorn, then brought back to the farm to continue nursing until weaned.
What type of feeders are best for mini goats?
This is something we struggled with in the beginning since we started with minis.
Unfortunately, most of the hay feeder options we found were much too big for grown miniature goats, and virtually impossible for baby goats!
We ended up getting some plans to build a hay feeder and customized them to better suit our nigerian dwarf goats and kids.
On occasion, we do make and sell feeders so if you’re interested, be sure to reach out at the bottom of this page!
Do you bottle feed your baby goats?
In an ideal world, we would never have to bottle feed our babies.
We do everything we can to ensure that our does are healthy enough to nurse all their babies, but unfortunately there are times that it simply doesn’t work that way.
In one instance, a doe had quads and was only able to support 3 kids and rejected one so that was a bottle baby.
In another instance, one doe was extremely stressed during her first kidding and ended up rejecting her kid so that became a bottle baby as well.
Again, in a perfect world, we would not have any bottle babies! But in the real world, we do what we can with what we have, and always end up loving those kids because of the extra special time we get to spend with them.
Do you name any of your goats?
We love our goats, and every time we get a new baby goat or even if we pick up a goat from a fellow farmer – we ALWAYS give them a name because they are now part of Penner Mini Farms!
Jeffrey and I both know every single goat by name, and we’re pretty sure after a little while they learn their names as well 🥰
Still have questions?
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