Did you know that Pygmy Goats eat star thistle and bind weed? Woohoo. So we adopted three pygmy goats: Sugar, Clara and Daisy.
We discovered that these goats are clever about opening gates that aren’t fully latched and they will also eat the leaves off of young fruit trees if you aren’t careful..
Meet Sugar. She is the “mom” protecting her daughters and talking with them. She gets first dibs on any good food. She likes rolled oats.
Meet Clara, Sugar’s eldest daughter. She is one year old (more like ten years old in goat years) and is learning that butting her younger sister with her head is fun. I remember feeling the same way when I was ten.
And this is Daisy, Sugar’s youngest daughter. She is four months old and still nurses from time to time, ungracefully shoving her mother’s udder to release the milk. She also climbs and perches on the “igloo” dog (now small goat) house. She takes naps inside it too.
These livestock are a new source of weed control, manure for the organic garden and joy for us.
I am searching all areas in Northern California for a very young doe, Pygmy goat. Any iedeas?
The Star thistle is GONE–so the goat droppings do not seem to be a problem
Do the goats spread the starthistle seeds through their droppings?