—Famous Fainting Goats!—
Everyone who meets our goats is often shocked, always surprised and without fail, instantly fall in love! Everyone wants one… two.. three… all of them! And who wouldn’t? They’re incredible and amazing! They’re adorable and so sweet ~and~ they faint!
–What more could you want?–
Fainting goats are more popular than ever among specialty breeders, hobby farmers, small farms, large farms and can even be found –believe it or not– in large backyards! They are commonly bred as show animals, and often kept as pets.
Our miniature fainting goats are IFGA certified miniature under 19″ tall at withers, and on average 55-60 pounds. Our herd is very healthy, vaccinated and disease free. They are very socialized and incredibly friendly. We give our goats lots of attention, love and care and they are very use to human interaction and safe around small children.
Fainting goats are currently on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy Conservation list, officially declaring the fainting goat a rare breed. We take great pride in our herd and wish to preserve this amazing breed and we are proud members of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and the also the Myotonic Goat Registry.
You can find our listings on goatfinder.com every spring when our new kids arrive!
Look for us in The Fence Post Magazine!
It’s been a very great year, with lots of great photos! Here’s a few of our favorites!
Why Do Fainting Goats Faint?
Actually, they do not really -truly- faint, they don’t lose consciousness at all. When it happens, when they do “faint”, it does very genuinely appear as what we all imagine as real fainting -drop-dead falling over, in a hilarious fashion. Fainting goats have a genetic condition known as Congenital myotonia which causes their muscles to instantly contract when suddenly startled or excited. The “faint” lasts about 10 seconds and then they get-up and go on their merry goat way, as if nothing ever even happened.
Does it hurt them?
Nope, in humans with a very similar form of myotonia – Thomsen disease, report no pain or trauma when they experience muscle contractions. Of course harm could potentially come from a fall to humans with this condition, goats on the other hand are much nearer to the ground on four legs, and fall in a much different way than humans. And in general –as adorable as they are– fainting goats are very tough animals.
Where did these crazy animals come from?
It’s generally believed they were brought over to Tennessee in the 1880s by a Nova Scotian immigrant farmer, John Tinsley. Before Tinsley left the area he traded his goats to a Dr. H.H. Mayberry, who bred them successfully. Fainting goats are also believed to have been used as a distraction by traveling shepherds to protect their sheep herds from predators. Because the fainting goats were such easy prey, they allowed the herd to escape by “involuntarily sacrificing” themselves.
Why would I want these silly things?
Fainting goats are one of the best hobby farm animals to keep! Aside from the obvious novelty of the fainting phenomenon, they are small and very easy to care for. They’re incredibly intelligent, friendly and very social farm animals. And unlike regular non-fainting-goats, fainting goats cannot escape fencing very easily, nor climb very well making them very easy to contain.
What is a “miniature” fainting goat?
A mini fainting goat is simply a purebred fainting goat which has been selectively bred to achieve even smaller size. Our mini fainting goats are registered with International Fainting Goat Association (IFGA) – Miniature Certified — Our average mini height is 18″ and the average weight is about 55-60 pounds!
What else do I need to know about fainting goats?
If you wish to keep fainting goats, three at minimum is best because they are herd animals. You will need a roomy fenced in secure pen for your fainting goats, which is safe for them and will keep dangerous animals out. A draft free shelter with three sides, and an enclosed structure for colder climates. Fainting goats eat hay and grain daily and need a salt lick and mineral block in their pen.
Fainting goats typically live 1o to 12 years and can weigh anywhere from 50 to 175 pounds.