Fainting goats were first discovered in Tenneesee around the mid 1880's. They became really popular because of their ability to faint. They don't really faint but they often appear to faint. They have a condition that makes their muscles relax slower than normal. This condition will cause them to get stiff and sometimes fall over. This condition also makes them easy to contain in a fence. This was a big advantage in the early days. Today this condition is also helpful when it comes time to handle these goats. A goat that has gotten stiff or has fallen down is easy to catch.
Another thing about the Fainting goats that is really important is that they are a small sized goat. Historically only 17-25' in height. They weigh around 60- 175 pounds. This is great because a small sized goat can't pull you around as easy. Better for children and even the elderly. Anyone can work with these goats because of their small size. They require less space, smaller barns, and less feed.
If you don't already have any Fainting goats you should consider them. They are fantastic. Remember that the true Fainting goats will FAINT, BE SMALL and MATCH THE BREED STANDARD. Anything else is not a pure Fainting goat.
Fainting goats require the same basics as other breeds require. They need a shelter that will keep them warm and dry. They need protection from the wind, rain, and snow. They need a shelter that has ventilation. They need a flooring such as hay or straw to help with absorption and even warmth. They will also need a place to get out of the sun. This can be the shelter or maybe plenty of trees.
Fresh water and plenty of it is also required.
The goats need plenty of browse available or if that isn't available they will need lots of hay. Many breeders also feed grain.
Good fences to protect them from predators are a must. The Fainting goats don't challenge fences like other breeds so they are easier to contain. Some breeders will use Livestock Guardian Dogs to protect their herd. Llamas and donkeys are sometimes used as well.
Free choice minerals will also be needed. Be sure to use one designed for goats and not sheep or cattle.
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