How long does it take for a goat to grow up?

GennyMJuly 7, 2006

Hey.

Reese is 5 months old now. When we got him he was about 10 pounds, but we've had him a couple months and he has only gained about 15 pounds. So, he's about 25-30 pounds. How long does it take for a goat to get as big as it will get?? My grandpa's friend has pygmy goats and his goats are huge! They look like they weigh atleast 50 pounds. I wondered how long it takes goats to grow up??? thanks--Genny

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
snycal(z8CA)

First what are you feeding this little goat? Next the last growth spirt should be around two years old. You basically know how big your goat will be by one yr. but there is a small amount of growth at Two. You can bring a fecal sample to the vet and see if it has worms. This can stunt your goats growth, if not addressed. Also, large amounts of lice can stunt growth. Good luck

    Bookmark   July 7, 2006 at 7:49PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
GennyM

He gets hay, sweet feed, chips, bottles, cookies, bread, and I've got him on goat wormer so he shouldn't have any worms. He also has just started eating some of our plants. I am pretty sure he doesn't have lice. If he did, I'm pretty sure I would have them by now, too. LOL!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2006 at 9:49PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
shellybabe

well, my nubian goats reach full grown by year two at the latest, my boer's are full grown at one,
to make sure about the lice you can dust him down with seven dust 5%, and I dusted the goats sleeping area to make sure they got covered.
Is Reese a pigmy goat??
I am not very familiar with those, only nubian, boer, and oberhasli mixes are what I have. Although I really think the little pigmy's are soooo cute.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 5:07PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
snycal(z8CA)

Hi Gennym
Don't think I'm lecturing you 'cause I'm not. Sounds like you love this little one a bunch. Please be careful with the treats. Try calf manna as a treat and only a handful a day while your training him. Calf manna helps digestion and also an old trick to "beafing' up goats. Goat lice and human lice are different. Also don't forget to send in the fecal sample. Hay is wonderful, put as much as he wants. Cookies in moderation, leave out the sugary ones (frosting). Sounds like your doing great! Do a quick search on Calcium stones... it helps.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 7:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sharon_sd(SW ON)

Your goat may have stunted growth as a result of his early nutrition. Right now, he only needs hay and water, free choice. No "chips, bottles, cookies, bread." Starchy foods especially will interfere with his getting the nutrition he needs out of the type of food that goats naturally eat; leaves-grass, shrubs and trees.

He may never grow to the extent his genetics would predict. As a pet, this may be desireable.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 8:32AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
GennyM

Is 25 pounds too small for a 5 month old pygmy goat?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 5:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
GennyM

Shellybabe, Reese is a pygmy!

I'll stop giving him sweet cookies, Snycal!
Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 5:23PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
snycal(z8CA)

How did you weigh Reese? There are really small Pygmy breeders out here that love the tiny ones which they specifically breed for. There are a lot of bad stories when trying to deliver kids from these small Pygmys. They are totally healthy and just plain small due to genetics. Where did you get Reese, from a breeder? Sorry if you told us before I just forget things. Did you get to see mom and dad? I have a teeny tiny pygmy buck that is seven months old. I can email you picks off line if your interested. Let me know.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 9:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
GennyM

Snycal, my brother's girlfriend's cousin had Reese and they could no longer care for him and I had always wanted a goat, so they sold him to me for $20. So, that's how I got him. The girl we got him from said she saw his parents and that they weren't real big. I carried him to the vet when I first got him and they said he was 10 pounds. He hasn't been to the vet since, but I just think he probably weighs about 25 pounds, because he doesn't feel as heavy as my neice and she is about 35 pounds. He feels a little less heavy than her, so I'm only guessing he is about 25 pounds.
I would love to see pictures of your goat. I tried yesterday to post my newest picture of Reese, but when I tried using the tinypic.com web-site it wouldn't work for me?..

Genny

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 4:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
snycal(z8CA)

Gennym, sorry I didn't read this sooner or I would have taken some pictures. Yes I'll have to email you private because I don't know how to post pictures. He is really small and totally healthy. The breeder who I bought him from actually sells her goats for about 600.00 to zoos around the U.S. They are freakishly small. I did ask her for one of her "normal" sized goats and she showed me the parents of the one I bought. He is still not normal, but I know he is healthy and his genetics played a big part in his size. I'll try to contact you later via this forum personal email so you don't need to post it. If it doesn't work I'll write again so I can send a picture.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 11:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
GennyM

OK, well let me know if you need my e-mail address to do it--

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 11:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
snycal(z8CA)

did you get the email?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2006 at 7:23PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
GennyM

I don't think so--try sending it again and I'll look for it.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2006 at 11:07PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
snycal(z8CA)

genny, go to your "my Page" send yourself a message and look at the email your posting to, make sure its current. Lisa

    Bookmark   July 14, 2006 at 9:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
GennyM

Hey, I did that, but I'm not sure what to look for? Are you trying to send me an e-mail to my e-mai address or a message thru this forum? Thanks, Genny

    Bookmark   July 15, 2006 at 3:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
GennyM

oh yeah, that is my current e-mail address!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2006 at 3:09PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
snycal(z8CA)

I sent you an email, with no response, I also sent one to me and it went through fine. Please email me.... I have talked with another woman who has a three year old doe that is 20 pounds. She is also willing to send you pictures. Its not the norm but it happens. Lisa

    Bookmark   July 16, 2006 at 5:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cheribelle(Z5 IA)

My pygmy nanny wieghs about 20 lbs in the morning, and after pigging out all day weighs closer to 30! Looks like a whole different goat! She is small and dainty looking though. She's a year old last April, just had her 1st baby.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2006 at 5:41PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Cheaper way to kill fleas on your dogs
The below is what I use on my dogs. We have 20 dogs,...
msmitoagain
Rat proof chicken feeder
Been having a few problems with rats (no doubt the...
johnmac09
Raw Milk
Where Can I find Raw milk in western washington?
ivarlucas
lice and ticks on goats
I noticed the other day that my goats have developed...
shellybabe
Guinea Fowl, what do you think of them?
I'd love to hear about your experiences w/these pretty...
sullicorbitt
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™