Please see the bottom of this page for our sales policies. Any and all inquiries assume you have read and agree with our policies.
All of our goats come with an offer for buyers to stay in touch with us to ask questions. Some questions might be answered below. Don’t let our strictness deter you from reaching out. Our goal is to provide our goats with the best possible care while helping us preserve our sanity, and these are just some measures that help us do that. Any and all sales inquiries assume that you have read and agree with all of the following statements
RIGHTS OF SELLER:
- Pixiebrook Farm requests first right of refusal on all the goats we sell. That means that if you choose to sell your goat in the future, we request that you offer us the chance to buy the goat back before you offer it to anyone else. You won’t get any judgement from us! Sales are often a difficult choice and sometimes life throws us curve balls, (we get it!), so we always appreciate the opportunity to bring back one of our goats. We may not always decide to purchase back, but we may also know of someone looking and might be able to help facilitate your sale.
- We reserve the right to screen all potential homes. We can and will refuse a sale if we have any questions about the life one of our goats will live in a buyer’s care.
- We reserve the right to retain any kid born on our farm. Inquiries do not constitute any sort of agreement for us to reserve a kid for the buyer.
- We reserve the right to sell our kids to the first potential buyer. That means that we don’t wait for people to make up their minds, or build a fence, or check with their spouse, or wait until next month’s payday, or you get the idea. It means the first person to schedule a time to meet us for pick-up, not the first person to inquire, gets the goat. If you have a reservation, and we contact you, you have 24 hours to decide to purchase, or we move onto the next person in line.
- We reserve the right to choose registration status of any goat we breed. We are happy to offer pet pricing on select sale does, but we choose which ones. Our goal is to get our goats in good, loving homes. If you are only looking for backyard milkers or beautiful pasture pets and papers don’t matter to you but good genetics and friendly dispositions do, we are happy to work with you. Does sold as pets will not be registered, no exceptions.
- We only tattoo registered stock. Unregistered does and wethers are not tattooed. If you want an unregistered animal tattooed, it is an extra $50 per goat. Yes, we hate tattooing THAT much.
- We do not guarantee perfect conformation on any of our goats. This is simply not possible. All goats have conformational faults. We breed for health and vigor and overall correctness, but there is no such thing as a perfect goat. That said, we are always happy to be honest about any faults a goat you are interested in has so that you can make a purchase decision aligned with your herd goals. And if a goat we sell is ever determined to be infertile due to genetic issues (intersex, freemartin), and it is confirmed through UC Davis, we will replace it. We do not guarantee fertility in general because a large portion of it is related to care (e.g. a fat goat can become sterile).
HEALTH AND CARE PRIOR TO PURCHASE:
- We have been a clean-tested herd through WADDL since 2017. We did a full biosecurity screen on every goat in our herd in 2017, including Johne’s, CAE, CL, and Brucellosis. We tested again in 2018 and 2019, again with negative results. We last tested for Johne’s, CAE, and CL in January 2020, also negative. Results are available upon request. If you need a goat tested, we are happy to send a sample to WADDL at your expense (must be prepaid).
- Kids are not weaned until they are ready. We do not rush this process in order to sell cute younger kids before their immune systems are developed. A goat’s development, and not their age, will determine when we wean them. We wean at least a week prior to any available purchase so that moms and babies can be just across the fence from each other during this stressful process and end up healthier when they go home with you.
- All goats have unlimited access to grass hay and loose minerals. We also supplement our girls and kids with chaffhaye and a custom mix of whole barley, BOSS, shredded beet pulp, and alfalfa, and kids also get medicated goat feed (Purina Honor Goat Show). We highly recommend our buyers to start any goat they purchase from us on grass hay and to limit treats until they are well settled in to reduce the likelihood of coccidia bloom (see below).
- All kids are raised on a coccidia prevention program. We have switched to medicated feed as per the suggestion of Langston University. Unlike treating with Baycox or Toltrazuril, this allows the goat to develop resistance to coccidia, which is necessary for a long and healthy life. All goats have coccidia (there is no vaccine for it, unlike for other types of animals). Most adult goats live in balance with their coccidia loads. However, kids don’t have the same immunity, and many will experience a “bloom” if they are really stressed, and moving is really stressful for them (even adult goats can experience a bloom during times of stress). We recommend that buyers be prepared to treat for scours if it occurs. Scours often requires a prescription medicine such as Albon, so please make sure you have a vet you trust. Scours can kill a goat if left untreated.
- All kids are disbudded prior to ten days old, without exception. We try our very best for our goats to not have scurs. We disbud early so that is there is much less chance of scurs and there is less pain for the goat. If you want a horned goat, you will need to look elsewhere.
- All kids are given CDT vaccines. At the recommendation of our vet, we give this routinely. If you want an unvaccinated goat, you will need to look elsewhere.
- Follow all feed and care advice. Do your best to limit the stress a goat experiences when it is moving to a new home. Do not change its diet, don’t throw it in with your dog, and don’t give it treats. Goats are prey animals. Stress upsets the function of the rumen and too much stress can result in illness and can even lead to death. Expect it to take at least a few weeks for the goat to feel comfortable in its new surroundings. Some goats will need to avoid excessive handling during this time as well. Be prepared for them to be obnoxiously vocal during this time!
- Have proper fencing and housing. Goats need secure fencing and a way to get out of the wind and wet. They do fine in the cold as long as their basic requirements are met.
- Have at least one other goat. We will not sell a single goat to someone who does not already have goats. Goat are herd animals and must have another goat for happiness.
- Show up with proper transport. If we feel that transport will be too stressful for a goat at the time of sale, we will refuse the sale, no matter how far you’ve driven to pick up a goat. Please show up with proper transport for your goat. For instance, a dog kennel that does not allow a goat to stand is not proper transport, nor is strapping them by the neck in the back of your truck.
- Make arrangements for pickup. There are precious few transporters that we will work with, and we prefer not to transport long distances whenever possible. Someone who is willing to pick up their goat will ALWAYS get moved ahead of someone who will only work with transporters. Although we live along the I-90 corridor and can meet transporters, we much prefer meeting the new owner in person.
- Show up when we are scheduled to meet. If you do not show up at the agreed upon time to pick up your goat, your sale is void and we will not work with you in the future. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
- Bring cash. All sales are CASH ONLY. We will refuse the sale if you show up and want to write a check or provide any other means of payment. Cash only means cash only. If you are purchasing and won’t be in person to inspect your goat, you must pay in full in advance via Paypal Friends and Family and sign a contract. Your transporter will be required to sign that they received the goat in good health. We make no guarantees for what happens in a transporter’s care.
- Be sure you want the goat. It is the buyer’s responsibility to determine if the sale is acceptable, so please make sure you really do want the goat. We don’t refund money because of buyer’s remorse. All sales should be considered final.
- Arrange and pay for your own health certificates if you live outside of Washington State. This includes a cost for the vet to visit our farm, a cost for the exam, and a cost for the paperwork. I charge an additional $50 per goat for sales that require this because of the amount of time I have to spend coordinating with the vet. You must arrange to work with our vet and pay them directly for anything you need for you to transport your goats according to your state rules.