Hi, I'm new here and a new Pygmy Goat owner. If anyone could answer a couple of my questions I'd really appreciate it. A few months back, I bought a house with a nice fenced yard and a big, wired shed. I decided to get a pygmy goat as a pet. I purchased a little white doe kid from a wonderful local farm, and my roommate decided to buy a black and white kid who wasn't quite ready to go yet. When she picked him up, the owners realized that he was male (they have quite a few goats). My roommate was supposed to take him with her when she moved, but now it looks that that's not going to happen. So my first question is this: The two goats have the same sire, and so are half-siblings. If they mate, is that too close an inbreeding? I know it's not in dogs, but I know nothing of the breeding of pygmy goats. Any kids they would have would be strictly pet animals, so I'm not worried about shows or milk or anything, I just want to know how common genetic defects are in kids born from half-sibling inbreeding. Should I get the buck neutered? Second question: the buck is about 8 months old; he has 8" horns and a beard so far, if that helps establish his age. Right now, he is very friendly, affectionate, and a little shy. Do the bucks generally mature at a specific age and get more aggressive, or will a friendly buck remain friendly? And finally: When I first bought the goats, I bought hay and then went to the local Tractor Supply store for feed. They suggested a 10% sweet general stock feed; I have been using that in addition to the hay and the forage/grass they eat in the yard (they're my lawnmowers too ). I have had a couple horse-people friends tell me they thought the sweet feed was way too rich for pygmy goats. Any answers?? Thanks so much for any help you can give me!!