Lambs at one week old
Same ‘lambs’ at one year old
Before buying some of those cute little lambs or kids, you need to make sure you have room for them. Yes, when they are babies, you can easily hold two or more of the little darling in your arms, and besides, who doesn’t love to cuddle? But be careful! Those cuddly little babies are going to grow up. And fast! Pretty soon, your little lambs or kids are going to be so big, you can’t even pick one of them up! Before you start buying any kind of livestock, you have to make sure you have room for them to grow and play. Yes, you can probably keep your new baby sheep inside a doghouse when its little, but before its even six months old that lamb is going to need a much bigger house. Much bigger.
So before you go rushing off to buy some critters, do some research. Do you have a large, sprawling farm with a big barn and lost of fenced-in pastures? If so, you get you some livestock!!! Or do you only have a small backyard and one of those little plastic igloos for shelter? If so, don’t even think about buying any animals yet. With such small space, the ideal animal for you would be a Pygmy (or possibly Nigerian Dwarf) goat. But first you need to find someone who actually sells Pygmy goats. You can’t assume that just because the kid you’re looking at is tiny, that it will stay tiny.
Another thing to think about is the fact that you need at least two (2) animals. Sheep and goats are herd animals and do not do well if they don’t have a buddy. Do you have room for two animals? If your answer is “No” then you shouldn’t be considering buying a lamb or goat. This is where you need to remember the Ark. Noah put two animals of each kind on the Ark and there had to be enough room for the animals to be comfortable. The bottom line here is that if you don’t have an adequately sized ‘ark’, then you can’t have your two animals, and if you can’t have two animals, you can’t have an animal at all. Yes, buying two animals is twice the work, twice the money, and twice the trouble, but in the end you’ll end up with twice the profit. You have two healthy, happy animals. And that is the whole point. To have well-cared for livestock.
Please just remember to make sure you have room for any animal(s) you are wanting to get. If you don’t have the kind of room these animals need, maybe you should consider just getting a goldfish or a cat, instead.