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Hello again, I am currently on the search for a buckling for my herd, and I found two that I just can't decide between.
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This is the first one, a triplet; he comes as a package deal with another doeling (unrelated). I think he looks adorable, but the one thing I worry about is the fact that he has horns. I know some bucks can live to be quite friendly and mellow through all their years, but the last horned buck we had became agressive, and I preferably don't want to repeat having a dangerous buck again.
I did a bit of researching, and, with him being young still, would I be able to "tip" his horns and dull them so they aren't as dangerous?
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The second one is a quintuplet and is polled. His dam and sire both look great, I just feel he's a bit plain.
The positives are that he fits my budget better, and he's polled.
Which one would you all choose?
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Personally. I like them both. But i would take the black one. Even though they are not standing correctly the black one looks like a good stock. And his pants are falling off. 馃榿
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I would want to see parents of both, especially dam. Particularly udder pictures of each dam. If you're choosing a buck you should be choosing the very best you can, and conformation should always come before color. Neither buck is really set up well enough to evaluate fairly. Weird angles/poses on both of them. The black one certainly looks longer and more dairy, but the white one is standing scrunched and has a fluffier coat, so he's not showing himself off well. That said, if you don't want horns in your herd, don't compromise! Either go for the black one or wait until the perfect one comes along. Because trust me, another one will ALWAYS come along!
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The black has a better topline and a much better presence. He's going to give his doelings that beautiful dairy head and the length of leg will benefit your herd.
I would sure love to see the beautiful willowy dairy style Nigerian does come back. Everyone is so focused on body capacity and depth that they are losing legs and neck length. Some have darn near bred them back into pygmy style.
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If you are ambivalent, maybe wait for a better option.

Do you want (have you got) pulled genetics in your herd? If so, than the choice should be clear. I don't know how many pulled bucks are out there, but I assume not many.
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Well, I鈥檓 not planning on keeping any of their kids, and the rest of our herd is horned.
My biggest concern with the first would only be the horns on him.
@goathiker you are right, though... I鈥檝e been looking at a couple of other bucks and have mistaken a few of them for pygmies
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Second buckling 100%. Also he looks like our doeling Daisy!!!!!!
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Are you raising pygmies or Nigerians?
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@Lil Boogie - she is so cute!
@alwaystj9 nigerians
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I was confused by your pygmy ID!
How important is milking to your plans?
That would definitely increase your need to do some digging on their genetics/parents.
When you look at your herd as a group, is there something that you need to improve?
I have some really sloping butts and am looking for a buck to improve that.
I also prefer polled.
Will either of these little guys improve what you already have?
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Ohh ahha that鈥檚 my bad! I made this account awhile back when I was first starting out, and I had two Pygmy goats.
I know a couple of my does have a very 鈥渄airy鈥 quality like the second one; and they would benefit from being a bit bigger/have more depth.
I would say the plan is to sell all of the babies we get next year. We have six does and that鈥檚 about where we want to cap our herd.
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Ohh ahha that鈥檚 my bad! I made this account awhile back when I was first starting out, and I had two Pygmy goats.
I know a couple of my does have a very 鈥渄airy鈥 quality like the second one; and they would benefit from being a bit bigger/have more depth.
I would say the plan is to sell all of the babies we get next year. We have six does and that鈥檚 about where we want to cap our herd.
Ya know, I told myself when I first stated with goats that I only wanted 10 goats........ Now I have 20 LOL
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I wish you lived near here - I would loan you my buck!
He's a polled, blue-eyed ND.
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do you have any photos of the parents? are they going to be registered or pets? what faults does most of your does have that you want to "fix" with the buck?
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They would just be pets.
I decided to keep looking for a different buck, but I can keep you all updated if you'd like.
I'm waiting to hear back from one for more photos of one I am looking at, as well as photos of parents (who are both registered). But thank you all for your input!
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yes i would love to be updated on what you decide.
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I too would love to be updated!!
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Hey @pygmygoats3280!
Just wondering how your buck shopping has been going! 馃榿
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We are going out this weekend to look at a couple!
Naturally polled, blue eyes. Parents on site. Photos provided weren't great, but they have the capacity and topline I want in my herd.
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Woo I love Polled blue eyes this is Thor he is
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