Blue Eyes?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by sungoats, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. sungoats

    sungoats New Member

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    Oct 6, 2007
    Jackson NJ
    I've been looking at all your websites (really nice ones!) and noticed that blue eyes seem to be a desirable trait. Is that something that's breed-specific? Or does it have a genetic link to some other desirable trait? Or do people just prefer blue eyes?
     
  2. sparks879

    sparks879 New Member

    its getting to be quite commen in the nigerian and mini dairy breeds. and yes there are a lot of people wanting it.
    beth
     

  3. Muddy Creek Farm

    Muddy Creek Farm New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Keokuk, Iowa
    People love Blue Eyes, Ashley (Sweet Gum Minis) can tell you more, I'm sure.
     
  4. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    I know that I have been saving up for a blue eyed, and I am on a wait list for one!

    I have Nigerians, and would love to bring some blues into the herd.
     
  5. Sweet Gum Minis

    Sweet Gum Minis New Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    Easley, SC
    Its primarily Nigerian but also in mixed breeds as well as the newer mini-dairy breeds.

    Blue-eyes are dominant and they're just something people like for looks. Has nothing to do with confirmation or show quality or milk quality. Just like polled (naturally hornless) and moonspots. Those things are just icing on the cake.
     
  6. sungoats

    sungoats New Member

    167
    Oct 6, 2007
    Jackson NJ
    Thank you for the info. They certainly are pretty!
     
  7. alyssa_romine

    alyssa_romine Breaking Dawn Ranch

    Oct 4, 2007
    arkansas
    I have some blue eyed myotonics...it is a breed thing..boers with blue eyes are not desired though
     
  8. debpnigerians

    debpnigerians New Member

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    Oct 19, 2007
    north central Texas
    As far as I know - and I could be wrong - Nigerians and Myotonics are the only breeds that allow blue eyes. And we love 'em!!!!! Some people charge more for blue-eyed kids, just cause they're popular; personally I don't believe in charging for color of either eye or coat as it doesn't effect the health, usefulness or quality of the animal.
     
  9. Muddy Creek Farm

    Muddy Creek Farm New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Keokuk, Iowa
    I don't charge more either.
     
  10. alyssa_romine

    alyssa_romine Breaking Dawn Ranch

    Oct 4, 2007
    arkansas
    I was charged more for my blue eyes. I do believe you are right though debpnigerians...I think it is only ND and Myotonics that allow the blue eyes. I wish every breed did and they might with time. I agree with not charging for blue eyes but when you are in the business to make money, people are going to charge. I am not in it to make money...I haven't made any money yet and I don't expect to...I just love the goats :)

    I love blue eyes too!!!
     
  11. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    since I breed for pets and color is a major factor in people finding the goat cute, I do charge more for blue eyes but not drastically more.

    Kikos can have blue eyes as well
     
  12. goathappy

    goathappy New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Illinois
    Saanens have blue eyes, but only the babies, when they grow older they turn brown.
     
  13. Sweet Gum Minis

    Sweet Gum Minis New Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    Easley, SC
    I've been both charged more for eye color and/or polled and I've also been charged a flat rate due to the kids confirmation and potential reguardless of eyes and/or polled traits.

    I personally charge one flat rate for kids and that rate is based on their genetics/parentage and then I judge a kid individually and alter pricing by the kid's merit. I do not charge more for blue-eyes, polled, moonspots or anything. I feel those are just icing on the cake. The kid is given a value for its potential.
     
  14. debpnigerians

    debpnigerians New Member

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    Oct 19, 2007
    north central Texas
    Last year I was offered my choice of two very nice bucklings - neither of which I ended up buying for other reasons - who were twins. The brown eyed twin actually was the better goat, but the breeder wanted $50 more for the blue eyed twin simply because of the eye color. Now I can see charging more if they were of equal quality I suppose but to charge fifty bucks just for color seemed silly to me. I raise goats because I love them, but I sell them to make money; and I am a firm believer in the return-customer theory. You can charge Mrs. Moneybags $400 for a blue eyed, mediocre doe because it's got blue eyes......ONCE. Or you can charge her $200 for that same doe, tell her exactly what it's strengths and weaknesses are, and what type of buck you think would be best to breed her to, and she'll come back every time she wants another goat to see what you've got for sale. Thankfully the breeders who were charging out the wazoo for blue eyes have pretty much run themselves out of the business, so even those who do charge for them are doing so much more honestly. In the earlier days of the Nigerian Dwarfs, blue eyes brought whatever you wanted them to bring and some people got ripped off pretty badly. IMO. But like I say those people found it kinda hard to stay in the game with no repeat customers. And like Stacey says the purely-a-pet business operates a bit differently than dairy/show prospects, because with pets cute does indeed equal sold. :love:
     
  15. sparks879

    sparks879 New Member

    mini dairy goats can have blue eyes as well. Im looking for a nice quality blue eyes nigerian buckling in the spring.
    beth
     
  16. mystic's_mom

    mystic's_mom Guest

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    Oct 5, 2007
    I don't have a preference for eye color, or even patterns really; I do like grey agouti, and red caramel in Pygmys though; however, I don't 'breed' specifically for those colors or patterns...I keep conformation, and health first and foremost. Color...either eye, or coat are always a bonus in my book!