During the Coronavirus pandemic there has been an increased demand for pygmy goats especially as they are increasingly portrayed as 'cute' or 'the new dog' and prices of puppies have soared. Despite the impression sometimes given in social media especially posts in the USA, pygmy goats are not kept inside homes, or without another pygmy goat and are not bottle fed away from their mother except in rare circumstances. Although they are pets, in the UK pygmy goats are Livestock and there are legal requirements in England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland such as a CPH number, Herd Mark and Movement Licence.
Very sadly pygmy goat kids are also stolen every year, often when they are not weaned and are too young to leave their mothers. They will not have had the full course of vacinations and other health checks required before they go to a new home. 
If you are buying kids always ask to see their mother(s). If kids are up to 12 weeks old they will normally be with their mother and behave like a settled family group.
Be extremely wary if you are offered kids to bottle feed especially if you have no prior experience of bottle feeding and keeping goats. Kids whose source of milk is from their mother are unlikely to find it easy to switch to bottle feeding in a new environment without considerable distress and potential illness. 
Check that kids are eating hay and other fibre, browse and goat mix, and therefore can live independently of their mother, before taking them home. This will normally be the case by 12 -14 weeks of age.  

    If you have stock, which you would like to be added to or deleted from this list, please contact Jill Osborne the Stock Officer with details.

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