If you've fallen in love with these charming little caprines, welcome to the club! We got our very first ND's in the fall of 2013 and haven't looked back. Their friendly, curious nature, sweet and creamy milk, and entertaining antics make the Nigerian Dwarf breed the ideal goat for the small acreage or homestead.
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Here on our farm, we ensure all our newborn goats are very well socialized with both goats and humans. That way they learn proper goat behaviours, but they also learn people manners and grow up to be super friendly yet respectful, which we feel is particularly important for bucks.
We select our breeding bucks partly on the basis of temperament, and we work with them from the time they're born to ensure they grow up friendly, well-mannered, and respectful of us as their guardians.
When they're young they enjoy frequent cuddles and other positive interaction with us, but we also provide appropriate guidance as they grow up so they understand what acceptable behaviour looks like.
For our most recent kidding season we used one of our own bucks for breeding (Jelly Bean, pictured above), as well as our registered buckling, Vincent van Goat. Jelly Bean is out of one of our top milking does and his sire is also from excellent milking lines. Vinnie came to us from another Vancouver Island breeder raising a herd of registered, high quality milking goats, and we brought him in to continue improving our herd. With blue eyes, wattles, gorgeous colours and super sweet personalities in our bucks, we have had a wonderful and exciting 2019 kidding season!
We also have some lovely colours in our herd of does.
Small stature is another aspect we keep in mind when breeding. After all, this is a miniature breed!
But primarily we select for milk production in our breeding program.
This means that our goal is to have goats that produce a good quality and quantity of milk.
Finally, we select for patience, pleasant temperament and good milking manners, so that our goats will be easy to work with on the milk stand.
We currently milk once a day in the morning, and we record the milk production of each doe daily so we can evaluate the relative productivity of each doe.
As much as possible, we use natural husbandry methods along with excellent nutrition, plenty of fresh air, sunshine, exercise and love, to provide the basis for optimal health.
To manage parasites, we employ pasture rest and rotation, herbal supplements, and regular fecal sampling and monitoring. We also select for goats with good parasite resistance, and we focus on promoting a healthy digestive and intestinal tract to strengthen the goat's natural resistance. We will use a chemical wormer if absolutely necessary, but we have rarely had to do so and many of our goats have never had to be treated with deworming drugs.
Our goats eat a natural diet of pasture, browse and high quality hay, supplemented with a complete loose mineral and a variety of natural whole food supplements such as kelp meal, sunflower seed, flax seed, and nutritional herbs.
Their treats consist primarily of pesticide-free fruits and veggies from our garden, and each milking doe receives an individually tailored ration of grain, alfalfa and other supplements specific to her nutritional needs during pregnancy and lactation.
Our herd receives pedicures (hoof trims) every 4-6 weeks from birth to keep their feet and legs healthy. By trimming regularly it's easy to keep their feet sound, and as it's a regular routine for our goats, they take it in stride and happily jump on the stand for treats and a trim.
Herd health and biosecurity are very important to us. All goats over 12 months of age are tested annually for Caprine Arthritic Encephalitis (CAE) and Johne's disease. These tests are not considered accurate on goats younger than 12-18 months, which is why we test only the adults. To date all of our test results have been negative.
We also test any external abscesses for Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL) if and when they occur, as this is the only method of testing that yields 100% certain results. To date we have had one abscess occur, which tested negative for CL.
Our adult sheep also undergo annual testing for these same diseases, as they can be passed between these species. Our sheep have also tested negative to date.
Copies of our most recent herd health test results for both goats and sheep are available to all buyers upon request, prior to accepting a deposit to confirm a sale.
After much thought, research, and veterinary consultation, we have chosen not to vaccinate our goats. If buyers wish to vaccinate, we can either provide the necessary information or we can arrange to do this at cost. Keep in mind that if you choose to vaccinate, you will need to either have your vet give an annual booster shot, or learn how to do this yourself. It's simple to do and we are happy to show you how, if you would prefer to vaccinate your new goats.
Please note that we are no longer working from a reservation list for
our kids. Due to very high number of no-replies to our attempts to
contact buyers on our list for the past three years, we will now be
listing kids for sale as they become available.
We strive to find the best fit for you and for any animals we list for sale, in order to ensure both you and your new friend(s) are happy. To that end, we are happy to assist you in finding a good match. Please feel free to ask questions about any animal we have for sale.
Since we want to ensure our goats go to excellent homes where they will be loved and well cared for over the long term, it's helpful if you can tell us a little about your family, your property, your fencing and goat housing, any previous experience raising pets or livestock, and anything else you think is relevant and will help us make a good match for you.
Keep in mind that goats are herd animals and they need to have at least one other caprine companion or they will be very unhappy. For this reason, we will only sell in pairs at a minimum, unless you have one or more goats already.
All our kids are
disbudded/hornless (unless otherwise requested and full payment received
as a deposit) and will be ready to go to their new home with a
recent hoof trim, their personal health/history form, and a written
nutrition and feeding plan. We also provide unlimited mentoring/guidance
via email if desired, to help new goat owners and their animals thrive.
A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a kid until it's old enough to go to its forever home. This is generally between 8-12 weeks of age and is dependent on rate of growth and the development of socialization and independence skills. Buyers are welcome to arrange visits with their reserved kid(s) at any time, dependent on our availability.
Our 2019 kids have arrived! We reduced our herd substantially last Fall, so we had only 3 does kidding this year and a total of 8 kids are now available, 4 bucklings and 4 doelings.
If you are looking for a buck kid for future breeding, please be in touch right away as the boys are scheduled for castration very soon. (Apr 20th update: Sorry, too late!)
More pictures will follow, but here are some quick shots of our beautiful babies. All are very well socialized, super friendly, and of course they love cuddles and scratches.
This is Ritchie, who got his name 'cause he loves scritchies (Scritchie Ritchie!). He is often the first to come over as soon as he sees us enter the paddock...always looking to be first in line at scritchin' time!
Ritchie has fabulous colouring, with a mix of tan, brown, black and white. He also has blue eyes and wattles.
Price: $200 as a wether, $300 as a buck
Ritchie's best buddy is this guy, Potsie. They are brothers, but also love to pal around together. If you're looking for a pair of wethers, these two would be an excellent pairing.
Though he's quite dark right now, Potsie will probably turn out to be chocolate brown like his mom. He also has a small white poll (the area on top of his head) and blue eyes.
Price: $200 as a wether, $300 as a buck
This is Curious George, who got his name because, well, he's just so darned curious! He's also very sweet, and has lovely colouring with a light tan belly, facial stripes and lower legs, set against a darker background.
George has blue eyes and a white poll, as well as a small white marking on his right side. He loves to be picked up and shnuggled.
Price: $200 as a pet wether
Chuck is George's cousin and they are best buds. Though he's not unusually big, Chuck is quite solid owing to the fact that he's a single and his mama is constantly feeding him.
That's why he got the nickname Chunky Chuck, though we also call him our little Chunk o' Chuck as well as Chuckster the Chunkster. Chuck has really stunning two-tone colouring set off by his funky wattles.
Price: $200 as a pet wether
Sold as wethers, these boys are $200 each. They were all born on March 29th and will be ready to go home with you between 8 and 12 weeks of age.
Bubbles is our top milking doe and has the sweetest, friendliest disposition. She is our favourite all around doe and has blessed us with 4 gorgeous doelings this season. Bubbles' kids never need any help with socialization as they always arrive with their mom's sweetness built right in. They are usually crawling onto our laps for cuddles shortly after birth. These photos were all taken while the kids were still in the kidding stall where the lighting isn't great. We'll replace them soon with better photos taken outside.
First born, Buttercup is a chamoisée doeling with a white poll and tail tip, frosted ears, blue eyes and wattles. She is already begging to be picked up and cuddled every time she sees us.
Price: $400 ~ Sale Pending
Our second born doeling Maple also has the chamoisée colouring (dark belly, legs and dorsal stripe over a tan or light brown body colour), but she has many lovely chocolate brown moonspots scattered over her back and sides as well.
She has a white poll and white tail tip like her older sister, as well as frosted ears and nose, blue eyes and wattles.
Price: $400 ~ Sale Pending
Little Rosehip (Rosie) is quite striking and really stands out from her sisters. Her main colouring is black but she has many light brown highlights including her belly, facial stripes, leg markings, and even her wattles. She has a large white poll, 3 white boots, a white tail tip, frosted ears and nose, and blue eyes to top it all off.
Price: $400 ~ Sale Pending
Last to arrive, this charming young lady also sports a variation of the chamoisée colouring. Clover has smaller chocolate brown moonspots scattered over her back and sides, and a small white poll. Like her 3 older sisters, she also has blue eyes.
Price: $400 ~ Sale Pending
The doelings pictured above were all born on April 4th and will be ready to go to new homes between 10-12 weeks of age. They are priced at $400 each.
If you are looking for a lovable pet goat or future milking doe, please contact Susan with a little information about the home you can provide, and any questions you have about our kids. We'll set up a time for everyone to meet, assess the fit, and if everyone is happy then a $100 deposit per kid will hold them until they're old enough to go to their new home.
We have been undergoing a herd reduction this Fall and Winter and have sold a number of our adult milking goats, as we are now have our farm listed for sale. We have retained 3 does in case the buyer of our farm wants the option to keep goats. Accordingly, we have no more does for sale at this time.
Jelly Bean is a 2.5 year old purebred Nigerian Dwarf buck. He is fully mature, yet still young with plenty of working years ahead of him. Mr. Bean has just finished his 3rd successful breeding season with us, having bred a number of does prior to their leaving our farm this Fall.
He was born on our farm and was retained for breeding due to his lineage (his dam was one of our best milking does) and also his temperament, which he tends to pass on to his kids.
Jelly Bean is respectful of his humans and does not ram or butt. He comes when called and tries his best to keep his stinkiness to himself.
He stands well for hoof trimming and even takes his needles when needed, without a lot of fuss. Jelly Bean is also fine with being touched and handled in general.
He ties and leads like a gentleman, and if there are no does in heat nearby to distract him, will even follow along when asked so that a leash is optional when moving him to different areas of the farm.
Truly a fabulous buck, we will be sad to see this fellow leave. However, he is related to 2 of our 3 remaining does so it's time for him to move along and take his talents elsewhere.
If you are interested in giving Jelly Bean a new job on your farm, please email Susan to inquire.
For the 2019 season, doelings are priced at $400 each, pet wethers at $200. Bucklings are $300. Please note that buckling reservations will take priority over wethers, BUT we will only sell an intact buckling if he is going to a home where his services will be utilized (ie wethers are pets, bucks are for breeding), and if he appears to be of good breeding quality. Most bucklings will be wethered and sold to pet homes. Any doe kids not suitable for breeding/milking for any reason will also be sold at pet pricing.
Adult goats are individually priced based on a number of factors such as age, milk production, etc. A young doe that has proven herself as a mother and a milking goat will sell for about $600 on average.
A non-refundable deposit of $100 per goat will hold your goat(s) until they are ready to go home with you. For kids, this may be as late as 12 weeks but is never before 8 weeks of age unless bottle feeding, which we only do in emergency situations or for medical reasons.
Due to the commitment and challenges involved, bottle kids
will only go to homes with experience in successfully raising
bottle-fed creatures. If no suitable home is available, these kids will
not be sold until they are old enough to be weaned.
assessed individually on their readiness to be
weaned and leave their dam and siblings. We know it can be soooo hard to
wait for your baby goat(s), but we hope buyers will understand the
of making decisions that are best for the long term health of the kids.
A fully functioning rumen, healthy appetite for solid foods, suitable
maturity level, as well as good independence and social skills are all
taken into consideration when making the decision on when a kid is ready
To help hold you over until your own kids are ready to go home with you, we thought you'd like to see a few photos and videos of some of the kids born on our farm over the past few years.
We finished our 2015 kidding season with a total of 11 healthy, happy, playful and much-loved kids born to 4 does between the end of March and the end of July. Here are a few more of our 2015 kids...
In 2016, despite a couple of challenging births, our 7 does raised a total of 13 beautiful babies. Here are just a few...
And in 2017 we welcomed 18 kids including two sets of quads and two sets of triplets! Check out these cutie patooties...
Our 2018 season was our busiest yet, with 12 does kidding and over 2 dozen bouncing baby goats to keep up with! Here are just a few of them...
If you would like to arrange a viewing of any of our Nigerian Dwarf goats, or if you have any questions about any of our animals, please contact Susan to discuss.
Our farm is located
just south of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, BC. and we can arrange for
delivery/shipping to destinations across Canada for an extra fee, if required. (Shipping fees are the actual transport fees charged by the airline/hauler, plus the cost of a suitable shipping crate, plus a $100 shipping admin fee to cover our time in filling out the required paperwork, preparing the animals for shipping, and delivering to the airport or hauler.)