San Clemente Island Goats
You may wonder how goats can possibly be endangered since you see goats everywhere. It's our specific breed that's in danger and we would really like to stay around if we can. We're very sweet, curious and gentle we love to play and eat treats from your hand. Eating is fun!
We're looking forward to having a little one or two in the early spring. We don't cost very much to keep and love to trim the pond area so that it stays clean and neat. If you'd like to help save our breed by adopting one or two of our babies when we have them, that would be so great!
If you can't have one of babies for your very own, would you consider sponsoring us? If so, please Click here - just $50 per month will keep us fed but you can choose any amount that fits your budget. If you would like to make your donation happen every month, please check the box on the paypal site that says, "Make this a monthly donation." You can also send a note if you want to sponsor one of us by name. We are Woody, Tizzie, Bernie and Roberto - thank you so much!
How we like to live and be handled...
Goats need to feel comfortable and protected. A simple doghouse type of structure works well but a larger home is even nicer since they love to snuggle up together.
Goats also enjoy having plenty of fresh timothy orchard hay and fresh water. To maintain the health of your goat you’ll have to maintain a clean,dry habitat. Contrary to public opinion, goats won't eat just anything and won't drink dirty water. If their treats drop on the ground, they won't eat them.
SCI Goats are curious and sweet but a bit shy until they get to know you. You will want to move slowly and deliberately and not chase after them so that you build their trust.
San Clemente Island goats are relatively small, though slightly larger than dwarf breeds. They are uncommonly fine-boned and deer-like, and most have very gentle temperaments and excellent mothering abilities. San Clemente Island goats are typically red or tan with characteristic black markings. The island population once exhibited a wide range of colors and color markings and these can occasionally be seen today. Both sexes are horned and although their large horns resemble those of Spanish goats, San Clemente goats are not of Spanish origin.
The Livestock Conservancy, in collaboration with the University of Cordoba in Spain, conducted a DNA study of the breed in 2007 and found that the San Clemente goat is a genetically distinct breed and unrelated to the numerous other breeds in the study. The findings raise many questions about the origin of the San Clemente goat and further study is needed to gain a better understanding of this unique breed.
Presently, there are approximately 750 San Clemente Island goats left worldwide.
What we should eat...
Fresh weeds, timothy orchard hay and alfalfa should make up the bulk of the diet for pet goats. Feeding a diet consisting of too much grain may actually kill your goat so you will want to be careful and limit this.
A variety of human foods are okay to feed your goats. Foods like fruits, dried fruits, veggies, graham crackers, cheerios, Cheetos, and even corn chips. It is basically at your discretion of what you want to try. Just be aware that snacks are just that. Too much of anything isn’t good for them.
Goats also need loose minerals, baking soda and vitamin C to keep them healthy. Black Oil Sunflower Seeds are high in Vitamin E, which helps with goat’s reproductive health and their muscles. They are also high in zinc, iron, and selenium. It will also make their coats shinier and will enrich the fat content in their milk.
As a general rule, you should NEVER feed your goat Avocado, Azaleas, Chocolate, Plants with oxalates such as kale, Any nightshade vegetable, Holly trees or bushes, Lilacs, Lily of the valley, Milkweed, Rhubarb leaves or Wild cherries. If you let your goat roam free, make sure that you don't have any of these where they graze or forage.
For a more detailed listing of things your goat shouldn't eat, click here