Nigerian Dwarf Goats
We chose Nigerian Dwarf Goats for our farm for several reasons. Information about our herd can be found here. We do not profess to be experts and we always recommend you do your own research and consult a veterinarian. You can see some winter pictures of our breeders on this page. We maintain a herd of around 15 - 20 goats at any one time not including kids. Our breeding program focuses on milk production, eye color, moonspots, and friendliness.
Nigerian Dwarf Goats originated in Africa but have adapted to climates all around the globe. We raise ADGA registered goats at 2 Men & A Hen. You can see pictures of our two bucks and some of our does on this page. Our goats live outside year-round. With access to calf hutches or goat houses (sheds). They do not have access to any heat source and do extremely well. Our goats tend o be very fluffy as we do not regularly shave them. Occasionally if a goat is going to be appraised or taken to a show we will shave them. We limit our goats access to shows and other farms. We plan to maintain a closed herd of goats and will not be adding any further goats. We tested our herd for Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE), Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL), and Johne's in July of 2018 and all animals came back with negative results.
Our current breeding set up allows our bucks to live in their own area 9.5-10 months out of the year. We then divide up our bucks and does to breed in the winter. We prefer to have spring or early summer kids. It is difficult for us to ensure healthy kidding in the winter with our open setup. Our goal is to have kids available for sale in the June through August time frame.
Our herd goals focus on three main points of breeding: milk production, conformation, and eye appeal. We want our goats to be friendly and beautiful additions to every home they go to. We have several that are blue eyed and many that have moonspots. Several of our goats are very flashy as well. We maintain a waitlist for goats that could potentially be available at kidding. We will contact people on the list depending on what we have available and their unique requests.
Livestock Guardian Dogs
Living with our goats as protection are Lancelot, Guinevere, and Aneek. They are a breeding trio of Great Pyrenees that come from several generations of working dogs. They do an excellent job of keeping predators, including other dogs, away from their goat family. Lancelot and Guinevere also watch over our ducks, geese, and until recently our chickens. We have moved our chickens into their new breeding quarters. We plan to allow more roaming of Lancelot and Guinevere once our property is completely fenced in. We sell puppies from our LGDs as they are available. We breed on a schedule to have puppies in the spring and fall. We keep puppies up to 16 weeks for them to learn from their parents how to care for their charges. This does not mean they will be 100% trained. A LDG will still need a lot of training when it comes to learning how to do their job. We believe parent raising in the herd gives the a great head start as dogs are the best trainers of dogs.