More Q & A on Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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How Much Space do Nigerian Dwarfs Need?

Nigerian Dwarfs require well ventilated, draft-free, dry and predator-proof housing with good drainage that offers sufficient light with a minimum of 20' square feet per goat which would be equivalent to a 5'x4' area of interior space per goat plus a minimum of 25' square feet of outdoor space for exercise.  (Measurements should be based upon clear floor space only.)  

  

It is important to ensure adequate floor space, lighting, and ventilation for the health of the animals.  

What Kind of Bedding Do Goats Need?

The three most common types of bedding used in goat housing are natural bedding materials. Natural flaked Pine shavings, straw, and even dried leaves are the most common types of bedding used for goats.   


DO NOT Cedar shavings; cedar can cause respiratory issues.


Once Bred, How Long Before The Babies Are Born?

Nigerian goats can breed year round and cycle monthly. The gestation period for a doe is 145 to 153 days. 

Nigerian Dwarf can have multiple births - from one to four babies at a time but twins are most common.

What is the Average ND Birth Weight?

 New Nigerian Dwarf Goat babies average around 2 pounds at birth.  Nigerian Dwarfs are wonderful dairy goats too! 

At What Age Can ND Breed?

Nigerian Dwarfs can breed at a very young age but it is best to wait until the does are fully developed and grown which is anywhere between 9 months to a year old at the earliest.   Bucks can be fertile at around 7 WEEKS of age!  Babies should be separated to prevent any accidental pregnancies!

What Is The Life Expectancy of A Nigerian Dwarf Goat?

Nigerian Dwarf goat have a lifespan of between 12 and 14 years when properly cared for. 

Do Nigerian Dwarf Goats Make Good Pets?

When Nigerian Dwarfs are socialized well from birth and or bottle fed, they make absolutely wonderful pets.  

They can be trained to walk on leashes, pull carts, they love to be petted and brushed too.  

Many people purchase wethered (neutered) males to become their pets.  


Please be sure to check with the municipality where you live to ensure goats are allowed - Many municipalities do not allow goats unless certain zoning and/or property requirements are met and remember, goats are herd animals and need to have a buddy, preferably another goat.

What About Nigerian Dwarf Goats Milk?

 Nigerian Dwarfs milk is higher in butterfat, between 5% & 10%, and is higher in protein than other breeds of goats.  The result is wonderful, slightly sweet, delicious milk.  Nigerian Dwarfs can produce between three and four pounds of milk per day.