How do kiko goats do in a hobby farm situation, can someone give me an accout of their time raising tem?
This is all news to me! Having talked to quite a few Kiko breeders back when I decided the Boers had to go, I've never heard a word about them being difficult to handle, wild, crazy, etc. In my own personal experience, the more I breed out the Boer, the easier my girls are to handle. Interesting....want to handle them on a regular bases, I would personally not bother with even a cross breed kiko.
Hmmm.. I think that would have to be said about a lot of breeds if you don't mess with them very often. Our kiko doe was pretty skittish and afraid of us when we got her, but she instantly fell in love with my youngest daughter, then started warming up to us. Now all you have to do is walk up to her, and she's rubbing on you, giving you 'hugs' and 'kisses.' She's the most affectionate goat I've ever knownThis is all news to me! Having talked to quite a few Kiko breeders back when I decided the Boers had to go, I've never heard a word about them being difficult to handle, wild, crazy, etc. In my own personal experience, the more I breed out the Boer, the easier my girls are to handle. Interesting.
Same here. It would take 2 kikos to equal the meat on one boer goat of mine. I would cross a boer with a nubian before I would with a kiko, unless I could get meaty crosses like Candice.Candice, you don't have the average kiko doe... at least not for my area. Here kikos are small (no bigger than 90lbs), bony, dairy looking and just not a pleasant looking goat at all. I'm not sure how most are considered meat goats here. I call them brush goats. You kiko on the hand is nice! Shes not at all like our kikos.
I have seen some nice kikos but not here. If you can find the nice ones then go for it but be very selective. Boers may be easier to find.
Ive worked with both and the boers have always been the sweeter, easier to handle. Kikos were always wild... good luck catching most on pasture.
At my place friendly goats are a must. If I can't work with them then I don't want them. My wethers do come a little crazy but its mostly due to just be weaned and not alot of one on one contact as kids. They calm down and friendly up in a couple weeks thoughGuess I got lucky. When I first got them, yeah, they were skittish but they settled down pretty quickly. I would not say that I mess with them a lot, either. I feed them, I walk through them and check them once a day except at kidding time, of course. Now and then when I have the time I will go out and sit with them. That's it. No brushing, none of them are halter broke or broke to lead. Most of them are either born friendly, or some switch flips about 3-4 months of age and they decide they want to be friends with me. Allowing me to pet them is not a requirement around here - all I require is that they not throw up their head and stampede the herd when I walk in the pen, or go totally nuts in the kidding pen.