Please see the bottom of this page for our sales policies. Any and all inquiries assume you have read and agree with our policies. This page is copyrighted. Please don’t copy and paste it without my written permission.
Due to the demands of graduate school, 2023 will be a late kidding season. Most stock won’t be bred until after Christmas, meaning kids won’t be born until at least May. Kids will not be ready for their new homes until Fall 2023. Many of our yearling or adult sales are already spoken for in 2023, but please feel free to reach out with any interest. Sometimes, we make decisions based on our current work load and may be willing to let something go before we list online.
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. We also reserve the right to work with any buyer we choose regardless of reservation status. Generally, we go with the order of inquiry for reservations, but sometimes we move a repeat buyer or someone who wants multiples to the top of the queue. A reservation is never a guarantee of a goat. Due to the number of people who flake out, 50% Deposits are now required to hold goats for more than 24 hours. All deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE WITHOUT EXCEPTION. Once a deposit is paid, you have two weeks to pick up the goat, or I will add $5 per day care and feed. Any goat not picked up at the agreed upon time/location will be forfeit, and you will lose your deposit.
- 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 annually until 2021, always with negative results. We no longer feel the need to test the entire herd since we don’t show, don’t travel, don’t visit other herds, and since we test any purchased goat during 30-day quarantine. If you need a goat tested, we are happy to send a sample to WADDL at your expense (must be prepaid).
- All goats have unlimited access to grass hay and loose minerals. We also supplement our girls and kids with chaffhaye and medicated goat feed (for the prevention of coccidiosis). 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. Our prevention program includes making sure our goats have proper minerals at all times and probiotics daily. We also use medicated feed (at the suggestion of Langston University) and like the results. We treat with a coccidiostat as necessary if a goat becomes ill, but we do not give medicine prophylactically. Please note: Moving is really stressful for the vast majority of goats and may cause a coccidia bloom! 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. We have switched to using both a larger calf tip to disbud AND a smaller Nigerian tip. Between the two, we get better results!
- 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, and expect to treat the goat for coccidia bloom should it occur. 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. If you choose to seek a health certificate for travel across state lines (which is totally your choice and responsibility, not ours), then you need to pay for the vet to visit our farm, a cost for the exam, and a cost for the paperwork. 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. We will give you the name and contact of our vet, and you can work out the requirements. Total costs for health certificates usually range from $130 – $180 (Farm visits usually runs about $100, certificates run about $30 each). If you live in a state with complex requirements, the vet may charge more for the time they spend working with your state vet.
We do not guarantee health once a goat leaves our property.