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Watching that Tree House show on TV and couple had farm and just had born goat there. He was walking around with everyone and going up into the house up the stairs, getting petted just like a dog! Can they be "House-broken"? Cute now, but bet not when bigger!
 

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Watching that Tree House show on TV and couple had farm and just had born goat there. He was walking around with everyone and going up into the house up the stairs, getting petted just like a dog! Can they be "House-broken"? Cute now, but bet not when bigger!
I don't think they can control their bowel movement like a dog. I wouldn't want to keep one in the house but we do keep bottle babies in the house for the first week.
 

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We had one that was born in Feb by C-section. Mother would not claim her. raised her in the house. Had her own dog box she slept in. Went in and out with our Pom. The two got along great. She even learned to go out with the Pom and once trained never had an accident. Was in the house for over 2 months until it was warm enough and she was big enough to be with the others.

Pygmy goats are NOT milk goats. I don't think that will work out very well due to flavor an quantity. I hope you still get his mothers milk as he needs that for survival. Check with a vet for the correct milk substitute as just any old sub. will not work. We milked the mother for a month to feed ours in the house. First few weeks it was every 4 hours. I am not a goat expert but have raised Pygmy goats for 20 years and still have 6 adults.
 
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We had one that was born in Feb by C-section. Mother would not claim her. raised her in the house. Had her own dog box she slept in. Went in and out with our Pom. The two got along great. She even learned to go out with the Pom and once trained never had an accident. Was in the house for over 2 months until it was warm enough and she was big enough to be with the others.

Pygmy goats are NOT milk goats. I don't think that will work out very well due to flavor an quantity. I hope you still get his mothers milk as he needs that for survival. Check with a vet for the correct milk substitute as just any old sub. will not work. We milked the mother for a month to feed ours in the house. First few weeks it was every 4 hours. I am not a goat expert but have raised Pygmy goats for 20 years and still have 6 adults.
Actually people here uses them from for milk goats because it has a higher butterfat content.
 

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Man, I would hate to bottle feed. We've gotten lucky over the years, mom's always took care of the babies. You can milk them, there are actually a couple of "pigmy dairy" breeds. My kids have gotten beat in the show ring before by a pygmy dairy, we didn't think they should be with the full size goats, but they were sanctioned as dairy goats so all we could do was just be mad :thumbs:

I'll stick with my big size goats :D
 

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I would like to raise nubians again. This pygmy is fighting taking the bottle so we are using a dropper but might have to tube feed if it don't take the bottle soon.
Man, that's a lot of work, hopefully he will get it right quickly and start suckling.

We had Nubians and Alpines, man the Alpines could put out some milk. My wife is looking into getting another Nubian to have around maybe breed for milking which means.... old dad will be doing the milking :boo_hoo:
 

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Man, that's a lot of work, hopefully he will get it right quickly and start suckling.

We had Nubians and Alpines, man the Alpines could put out some milk. My wife is looking into getting another Nubian to have around maybe breed for milking which means.... old dad will be doing the milking :boo_hoo:
My uncle has a friend that has a 100 nubian does he milks.
 

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I milked Toggenburgs, got an ice cream pail full twice a day from each doe for about seven months, then they slowed down until I dried them off. Gave them a two month rest, and then the new babies came and they went back into production. A trick that worked for me when starting bottle feeding was to hold my left hand over the kid's head, heel of my hand to the back and fingers down the muzzle, and held the bottle with my right hand. They instinctively want to feel the mother's flank/belly on their head when they suck. Always worked for me. And yes, they need goat/sheep milk replacer, not the stuff for calves. Wouldn't you know it, it costs quite a bit more than the calf replacer too.
 

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I would like to raise nubians again. This pygmy is fighting taking the bottle so we are using a dropper but might have to tube feed if it don't take the bottle soon.
Give him a little time, he will take the bottle. A few years back there was a ton of the meat and mil goats in this are but none of them were Pygmy, All big goats. Eat twice as much, and twice as hard to keep in.
 
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