Introducing Goats to an Established Herd


Carrie MillerWhile most often introducing a new goat goes off with little to no problems, sometimes a referee is needed. I have learned a lot this year with introducing goats, we have added nine goats this year!

Each goat came under separate circumstances, creating many different outcomes. While some went off without a hitch, others required more time and work.

We started our herd with two pygmy goats, Coco and Lucy, a few years ago as strictly pets. Last October we added a "pregnant" Oberhasli doe, Ginger.

Ginger Oberhasli Doe
Ginger, Oberhasli Doe

Here comes Ginger

Coco, our dominate Pygmy, was very aggressive at the start, so we kept Ginger secluded not wanting to take the chance of losing the baby. Once we figured out she was not pregnant, we put them together a few hours at a time, placing Ginger in a separate stall at night.

Within a week they got over their issues and became best friends. Coco, Lucy, and Ginger are to this date inseparable, we believe Ginger identifies as a Pygmy, NOT an Oberhasli...

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