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In Reply to: Buck Kids posted by T. Roberts on August 14, 2001 at 21:17:09:
If you aren't going to sell or keep a buck for breeding purposes, band them little suckers at a very early age! That takes care of any worries you could have! It also makes the little guys more desirable as pets since they don't get stinky when they grow up. They can also be trained as pack goats or to pull a cart. And, the meat is much more tasty if you go that way with them.
You didn't say what breed you have but I think the pygmys breed earlier than the larger breeds. If I had a buck nursing his dam, which doesn't happen around here anymore, I would take him away from her at about 10 weeks. Back when I had pygmys I took them away from their dams at 8 weeks. By then their mothers were pushing them away and they were eating like little pigs. It seems to take the bigger breeds a little longer to get to that point. Hope this helps.
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