LOST/STOLEN PYGMY GOATS
10.12.20 Harvel near Meopham, Kent, mainly white 6 month old female kid, distinctive one white horm and black love heart on right front leg. ***Reward Offered** If found contact Hayley Hayley via Facebook including Pygmy Goat Club Facebook Group and local vets/police.
10.07.20 Old Anna Lane, Peniston, darkbrown/roan pygmy goats and Golden Guernsey wethers. If found contact local vets/police and Jackie Lowthian via Pygmy Goat Club Facebook Group.
05.07.20 Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, young black and white pygmy billy. If found contact local vets/police and Amy Jones via Pygmy Goat Club Facebook Group.
CORONAVIRUS, STOLEN STOCK - BUYERS & SELLERS BEWARE!
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 in posts from the USA, pygmy goats are kept in a stable, barn or large shed and NOT kept inside homes. Pygmy goats are herd animals and at least two pygmy goats need to be kept together. Pygmy goats will be ready to leave their mother when they are no longer dependent on milk and are eating hay and other fibre, browse and hard feed, which is normally around 12-14 weeks of age. Pygmy goats are not bottle fed away from their mother except in rare circumstances as this can sadly result in distress, illness and death. In the UK all pets are covered by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and pygmy goats are also covered by Livestock regulations and there are legal requirements in England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland e.g. 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, possibly resulting in death.
Check that kids are primarily 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.
STOCK FOR SALE AND WANTED
Adverts and requests for registered pygmy goats are posted in the Facebook Group Pedigree/Registered Pygmy Goats Ads in the UK.