Quiet Goats & Oregon Breeders

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by monstersateme, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. monstersateme

    monstersateme New Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    NW Oregon
    So I have a small herd in the city in Oregon, and I was wondering what everyone's opinion was on trying to find a quiet goat? I have two Obers who are pretty quiet, but i'm looking to add another goat. Any suggestions? :whatgoat:

    Also, does anyone know of any Oregon dairy goat breeders where I could get a good milking goat? :ponder:
    Thanks Much!
  2. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    There is no guarantee's.... on any species of goats ....that are quiet..... it is just the individual goat and if they are a verbal one...... some are more verbal ...when they see you ...some at feeding time.... ect.... :wink: :thumb:

  3. myfainters

    myfainters New Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Lancaster, CA
    I agree.... there are some breeds that are notoriously noisy but even so in each breed you will get some LOUD goats and some quiet ones. :) I'd recommend looking for an adult doe...that way you will know if it will be too noisy or not.
  4. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    dont get nigerians then :p
  5. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA

    Now Stacey...are you trying to say that your girls are noisy? :wink:

    Mine aren't too bad, only time they're loud is when it's feeding time or someone is in heat.
  6. Realfoodmama

    Realfoodmama New Member

    Apr 12, 2010
    Santa Fe, NM
    I agree with the other folks...I have a Nubian and a S. Saanen. Nubian's are notoriously loud, but mine never makes a peep. My S. Saanen is incredibly obnoxious, however, and hollers about pretty much anything.

    It really depends on the goat..so I agree that you should ask about adult goats and their personal noise level :)
  7. milk and honey

    milk and honey Senior Member

    Oct 30, 2010
    Everett, WA
    I'm in the same spot... in the city with goats. I just 'went for it' and bought 2 nigerians. So far.. so good. One is a yearling, the other just 6 months. they have both been quiet so far. The younger one calls to me more, but her voice is still very soft. I've been watching to see when she goes in heat, but haven't been able to tell yet... so she hasn't been any louder than normal. I will just have to see how they continue when they have kids and when I begin to milk them.
  8. Oat Bucket Farm

    Oat Bucket Farm New Member

    Dec 13, 2009
    I am also in city limits. A tiny town, but we are in it none the less. Our LaManchas are very quiet. They rarely talk about things and when they do their voices are so quiet you can't hardly hear them across the yard. My neighbors say they never hear them. The only one that makes any noise is our boer/nubian cross wether and he makes very little, but he is only here until we get a second LaMancha buck, then the wether is going in the freezer.

    I have heard that your herd queen has a lot to do with the noise level of the rest of the herd. If she is a quiet goat the the rest of the herd tends to follow her lead and be quieter. If she is a very vocal goat, the rest of the herd is more likely to be vocal.

    I don't know if that is true or not. Our herd queen is a LaMancha/Nubian cross and she almost never talks at all.
  9. monstersateme

    monstersateme New Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    NW Oregon
    Thanks Everyone. :)

    What about Oregon or Washington Breeders? Any of those around? :whatgoat:
  10. TinyHoovesRanch

    TinyHoovesRanch New Member

    There are a bunch of really nice breeders near you! Your actually very lucky!

    Theres Poppy Patch in washington, and Capriola in Oregon!
  11. Trace

    Trace New Member

    Dec 28, 2008
    I ahve a nubian cross and she will shout the neighbourhood down!!!!

    I have a pygmy / nigi cross and she is really quiet.

    Good luck. :)
  12. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    I honestly don't think one breed will be all that quieter than the other. If you keep them well fed and watered they usually stay quiet. If their feed runs out or something similar is when they start "talking."

    Camanna is my favorite OR nigerian dwarf breeder. There is also Pholia Farm and Algedi Farm. All three have websites if you want to google them.
  13. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    I agree that there is not really one breed quieter than another. Although I certainly wouldn't buy a Nubian or Nubian mix. ;) I live within city limits and quiet goats are a must. Mostly for my own sanity (and family's) rather than neighbors. :D

    Are you looking for a miniature or standard goat? My cousin has a quiet doe for sale that is bred. She is a pure-bred, registered Nigerian though and not sure if you want a standard. Blue-eyed, friendly, and should be a good milker.

    Seems like all of the LaManchas I have been around have been quiet. Like others said, look for an adult doe and try to steer clear of bottle-babies.
  14. monstersateme

    monstersateme New Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    NW Oregon
    I was more interested in Standard breeds because I find it harder to milk mini's and dwarfs.
    Any one in Oregon have an Alpine or Lamancha for sale? I'm partial to them.
  15. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    Check craigslist, there are usually quite a few goats for sale on there and you can check your local area.

    I have *heard* (not experienced so not for sure) that Alpines tend to be mean herd-mates and bully a bit (sweet to humans though). But just what I've heard so please don't bite my head off anyone.
  16. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I agree, check out craigslist...or even better would be to check the dairy goat registries like ADGA and AGS for breeders in your area.
    As far as the standards go, my mom always had goats when I was little...a mixed array of Nubian, Toggenburg Alpine and La Mancha, from what I remember with those as well as the current herd she has..her Toggs were a bit more pushy than the others.
  17. lissablack

    lissablack New Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    I have two nubians who are both quiet, one so much so that I am having trouble telling when she is in season and she is the herd queen. So not all nubians are screamers. I have kinders, there are quite a few of them near you, and some of them are quiet and some not. My noisiest one is unbearable when she is in season. She had triplets this year and her two doelings are loud, one sounds just like her, the buckling is quiet.

    Do it might be lines, but I don't believe there are whole breeds that are either quiet or not.

  18. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    Olivia, I have just started a new herd of grade alpines (all young right now) and hope that they aren't mean herdmates........ does anyone out there have alpines, that can verify that???? I'm curious now......
  19. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    Oh, Liz, I remember the only Togg that I owned was a meany........a big bully, after I sold her the lady said she actually butted one goat and it resulted in the goat dying....too bad.
  20. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    As far as Alpines, my mom had one doe( Nicky) who was very sweet natured...and her wether was also a very gentle giant...Funnyriverfarms Benny reminds me alot of my moms "Buck"...he has been gone now for 5 years but had a very full life of 11 years.