We have two different breeds of goats here at the farm. Pygmy and Fainting goats. We enjoy interacting with and learning new things about these little guys every day.
We know that you will too.
Chuck – Chuck is one of our three fainting goats. He’s so sweet, but since he scares easily, he usually hangs back from the rest of the herd. He has the softest fur of all the goats.
Daryl – Daryl is our other boy fainter. His fainting gene isn’t as strong as Chuck’s, so he’s more likely to play “head butt” with the bigger goats. He’s usually right next to his sister, Molly.
Molly – Molly is a beautiful black fainting goat with just a couple of wisps of white in her coat. She loves to run around with Daryl and she is first in line at supper time.
Karen – Karen is our biggest pygmy goat. We think she’s pregnant, but since we don’t know her full history, she may just be fuller figured. She’s definitely the boss of the goat herd, but she’s very sweet to us and loves to be petted and loved on.
Timmy – Timmy is Karen’s son and looks just like his mom. He’s always by her side and usually curled up next to her during nap time.
Rachael – Rachael is a pretty black pygmy goat with just a couple of white areas on her coat. She loves to jump up for her treats and is getting friendlier by the day.
Sissy – Sissy is a pushy little thing, always insisting on being first when it’s time to eat! She gets extra food at meal time so she can gain some more weight. She loves to lay in the sun except when it’s too hot.
Charlotte – Charlotte is our last pygmy. She loves to butt her head against almost anything and usually has a blue head from rubbing the paint off her playground.
Pygmy goats are small goats of African origin. They are also known as the Cameroon Dwarf goat.
African Pygmy goats are small in size, averaging 15 to 20 inches tall at the shoulder. You'll see a variety in color which can range from light/white to solid black and everything in between.
Pygmy goats enjoy feeding on green grasses, corn, and other types of grains. It's also important to make sure they have plenty of hay available.
These curious creatures are independent and cautious. If you approach them abruptly, you'll not likely have an opportunity to interact with them. However, if you kneel down and wait quietly (especially with food in hand) you'll make fast friends before you know it.
"Fainting Goats" Is really just a nickname for goats born with a condition called Myotonia Congenita, which affects how they react to being startled. Despite the nickname, fainting goats are not actually fainting when they exhibit their characteristic trait of freezing up and tumbling over when they get scared.
Have you ever been suddenly startled? Your reaction is to suddenly tense up and then relax. When a fainting goat is startled their muscles stay tense, causing the goat to stiffen or even fall over. They do not lose consciousness during the "faint."
It's interesting to watch this process take place and some people wonder if it hurts the goats to faint, but don't worry, they’re not in pain.
However, their condition does have the potential to distress them because it can keep them from running away from things that frighten them, so it's important to avoid deliberately scaring them just to see them faint.
If you're looking for an opportunity to interact with these creatures on a whole new level, you have to check out one of our goat yoga classes!
This is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with these sweet little "kids."
Check out our upcoming yoga sessions and schedule yourself into an available slot by clicking below.
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