Raising and caring miniature goats is very easy and simple. They are smaller in size and very good as pets. Most of the miniature goats are of great temperament. Actually, these type goats are smaller than any other known and popular goat breeds. On an average, size of such miniature goats ranges from 15 inch to 24 inch. And it’s very easy to care for them and are also suitable for children to look after. Nigerian dwarf and Pygmy goats are most popular and known miniature goats. However, here we are describing about the process of raising miniature goats.
Ensure Good Space For Your Goats
Compared to other common goat breeds, miniature goats require less space. They will be fine and live happily with a 20 feet * 20 feet space. The space should be fenced off for preventing roaming. About 5 feet high fencing will be suitable for your goats. Such fencing will also be helpful for preventing predators (such as dogs or foxes). Miniature goats are playful like other goat breeds. So, they need space for playing and having fun.
Make a Good Shelter
Make a good shelter for your goats to keep them safe from rainy and cold weather. Like other goat breeds, miniature goats also do not like being wet or windblown. So provide them a good shelter for getting out of the elements. As they are smaller in size, so any small type of shelter should be suitable for them. But the house should be suitable enough for providing enough room to each goat according to the number of goats you have. Try to keep the house clean always. And in the inside of the shelter you can use fresh straw as bedding.
Provide Nutritious Food
Always try to feed your goats fresh and nutritious food. A good pasture with quality green feeds should be a priority for caring miniature goats. Supplement their foods with grain, hay and vegetables. Keep the hay feeders above the ground for preventing your goats from infection from parasites. If you feed your goats grain, then keep the grain in a large garbage can (preferably metal). Metal can will be helpful for keeping the grain safe from rats or mice. Ready-made feeds are also available for miniature goats in the market. You can also feed your goats this type of food. Whatever you feed your goats, just keep in mind that ‘the food is nutritious enough for keeping your goats healthy’.
Always Provide Clean Water
Goats don’t like dirty water. So always try to feed the goats sufficient amount of clean and fresh water according to their daily demands. Always ensure the water pot is filled with clean and fresh water.
Tips & Cautions For Caring Miniature Goats
It’s known to all that, ‘miniature goats are very affectionate’. They enjoy playing and also interacting with humans. It will be better, if you can keep some playing elements in front of them. Try to spend some time with your goats, and am sure both of you will be happy. Groom your goats on a regular basis. Miniature goats enjoy being brushed. Use special type of brush with soft bristles but is firm enough to brush through their hair. Trim their hooves at least after every four months. Vaccinate and deworm them regularly. Never feed your miniature goats excessive amount of grain. Because excessive grain can cause urinary calculi. And finally, always monitor your goat’s health and visit your vet if you notice any problems among your goats.