Since returning to the world of raising goats, we have decided to change our policy on selling. Going forward, goats will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We will no longer keep a waiting list of any kind, however, feel free to keep in touch if you think you will be interested in something we may have in the future. Our Facebook group, Crosby Lake Farm, will provide the most up to date information.
To hold a goat for more than 24 hours, you must put down a $100 deposit. Deposits are accepted by PayPal or cash ONLY, and only hold your chosen goat for one week. After one week, if you would still like to purchase the goat and not forfeit your deposit, there is a $5 daily fee for boarding. PayPal deposits MUST be sent Friends and Family/Personal. If they are sent in any other way that results in fees being charged, I will refund your deposit.
The remaining balance must be paid in cash at pick up. Do not arrive to the farm with a check, PayPal, or other method of payment. Cash is all that will be accepted.
Kids will be sold on bottles only. We do not dam raise. We will be happy to bottle feed your kid(s) at our boarding rate of $5 per day, per kid plus the cost of milk/supplements/vaccines/other routine maintenance. Kids will go home on goat milk, cow milk, or a combination of the two. You will be given enough of what is being used to slowly transition to the milk of your choosing. Our first choice is goat milk, with cow milk coming in at a close second. We do not recommend replacers of any kind or goat milk from untested animals. If you chose either of those options, we will not be available for advice on further care. We use red Pritchard teats and/or human baby bottles with an x cut in the nipple.
Kids will be disbudded and tattooed before leaving. Under no circumstances will we allow any kid to keep horns.
First time goat owners will receive a suggested care sheet with basic information on what we do here at Crosby Lake Farm as well as all registration documents, if applicable.
We do NOT, under any circumstances, sell single goats to single goat homes. You MUST purchase at least two goats if you do not already have others.
Wethers are fixed male goats and make the best pets. They are always $100 each, and must be brought back to be wethered around 7 weeks of age. Registered kids are $300+. We will not sell a registerable doe kid, as a pet, "without papers", and at a discounted rate unless she has a conformational defect, in which case the cost of the kid will be $200.
We will discount for multiples. The discount will depend upon what is being purchased, feel free to ask when inquiring.
Due to not monitoring the care received once leaving our farm, we cannot guarantee goats once they leave the property, unless the goat is proven by a veterinarian to have a defect that would have been present prior to selling. In that case, we will replace the goat after the return of the original goat's registration and within 12 months of purchase.
When taking bottle kids (or even adult goats) home, it would be best to keep them in a small, escape proof area for the first few days until they are acclimated to their new surroundings.
We get lots of questions on feeding/general maintenance. Most of what is necessary is listed on the suggested care sheet we give when a goat is purchased. For BASIC goat nutritional requirements, we suggest a pelleted goat feed and alfalfa pellets fed daily and mixed in equal parts. There are lots of other things you can purchase to add and make a ration that suits your animals' needs. As time goes on, you will have to research and feed what works for you in the amounts that work for you. All goats need clean, fresh hay at all times. Water is a necessity. Even kids going home on a bottle at a few days old need to have access to hay, feed, and water. The easiest minerals to find are Manna Pro loose goat minerals from Tractor Supply. Blocks should not be used at the main mineral source, only loose minerals that are fed free choice in a feeder should be the main source. We supplement with selenium and copper, both can be purchased through Jeffers and other places online. IF YOU ARE BUYING A WETHER, please be sure to provide adequate minerals that contain ammonium chloride, as well as feed that contains ammonium chloride. This is the best way to prevent urinary calculi. Please research this if you are not familiar with it.