We have raised goats since we first arrived in Oklahoma eight years ago. We started out with Kinders, tried our luck with Spanish mixes, Alpines, Nubians, and even a few Saanen. Eventually we decided that the larger breeds were just too much on us (and our fences and our trees) and literally downsized to Pygmy goats.
After three happy years with our little Pygmy herd of anywhere between 10 and 20 individuals - some quite special to us - and dozens of babies cuddled and sold, we found ourselves needing to reconfigure our farm facilities and with no good place to house happy goats. We sold our goats except one that our son, Peter, asked to keep as a pet... and then started all over again.
Today we have an adorable assortment of goats that make up our latest and greatest goat herd consisting of one mature buck, five beautiful does, three young doelings, one young buckling, and the sweetest wether ever. This time around our herd includes a few goats who most likely have some Nigerian Dwarf in their background rather than being pure African Pygmies. This gives us the chance at more color, more milk, and a potentially easier time kidding for our does while retaining the hardiness of the Pygmies. Peter is now our official goat-keeper and is in charge of all of their care and maintenance, including training them to be friendly and easy to handle.
Cupid is our handsome herd buck. Purchased in the spring of 2019 from Mazie, Oklahoma, he was destined to be Psyche's companion and the bringer of color to our goat herd. He is small - standing less than 20 inches at the withers. He has a fantastic personality and an adorable black nose. He loves trees, big rocks, and showing off his beard and fabulous horns.
Psyche is, we admit it, our favorite doe. She is the only goat we kept from our previous herd. Born on our farm in the fall of 2018, she has been pampered and cuddled since the day she was born. She is definitely our herd queen and we would not want it any other way. She stands 17 inches at the withers and has a totally black coat except for a small white blaze on her forehead. She loves whole oats and honeycomb cereal.
*We are very sad to announce that we unexpectedly lost Psyche in September of 2021. We rushed her to the local veterinarian as soon as she showed the first signs of colic, but he was unable to determine the cause of her sudden illness - nor was he able to save her. She was a very good goat and we were blessed to have the time we had with her.
Penelope was adopted along with her sister, Pleasure, as a bottle baby at the end of January 2020 from Muldrow, Oklahoma. She is super talkative and the first doeling of the bunch to get into trouble. She is mostly black with a white tummy band, a white forehead blaze, and a tiny white tip on her tail. She loves any and all food she is offered and will follow you anywhere.
Pleasure, Penelope's sister, is the tiniest of our doelings. She came to us as a bottle baby with not much appetite or energy and a bad case of scours. She is a pretty tri-color girl and ever-so-dainty. We think her build reveals some dairy goat somewhere in her background, but we are not holding that against her. We expect great things from her someday. She loves people and cuddles.
Iris was the last of our doelings acquired in 2020, but certainly not the least. She has a whole lot going on with her blue eyes, black coat, white markings, and brown spots. Yes, spots. She came to us as a pasture raised doeling and was pretty terrified of everyone and everything. We are happy to report that, through Peter's patient effots, she is now in your pocket with the rest of them and loves the attention. She enjoys nutritious goat treats and climbing on things.
And finally, we come to Ramen. We quickly realized that we had forgotten that with Psyche out for kidding and recovery and all of our other girls being too young, Cupid was going to be pretty lonely out in his goat habitat by himself. I contacted our good friends who had purchased our previous herd from us and asked if they would be willing to sell us a wether as a companion for our buck. They very graciously offered us Ramen. If he looks familiar, it is because he is actually Psyche's much younger brother - which we think is just perfect. He is the friendliest little guy you could ever meet and just beautiful. Unfortunately, he really doesn't pose for photographs well, so we have none that do him justice. He loves alfalfa and naps in the sunshine.
In September 2021 when we had told our friends that we had lost Psyche, they graciously offered to sell one of their nannies to Peter. It was even more gracious that little Novena is actually a blood relative of our Psyche - and looks so much like her, it's uncanny. Novena is a solid black pygmy. She came to us already bred and surprised us with a pair of twins in February 2022. She's an in-your-pocket kind of goat who craves attention and lots of hay.
pictures coming soon
From the fortuitous pairing of Novena and a lovely tri-colored buck named Woodrow, we got this beautiful dark brown girl and just could not part with her. She loves her mama and is already a seasoned escape-artist. If you come to visit us, you are sure to find her wandering around our place wherever she pleases.