At Happy Egg Farm in Hickory, North Carolina, we raise Mini Lamancha dairy goats. We register our goats with the Miniature Dairy Goat Association (MDGA) using the herd name Happy Egg and the Tattoo HAPP. Mini Lamanchas are the result of breeding a male Nigerian Dwarf goat with a female Lamancha goat. We like “mini manchas” because they have a very good temperament with your human kids, and are a nice manageable size. Once in milk, a doe reliably produces a quart of milk in the morning and another in the evening. Sometimes we get a little more, though we don’t usually try to maximize production. One or two goats provides plenty of milk for our family, and due to state laws we aren’t able to sell any extra milk that we produce. We value the goats on our farm as vegetation managers and entertainers, in addition to their dairy capabilities.
The goats on our farm are handled daily and are tame like pets. We aim to kid in the spring, ideally from March through June. That helps get the kidding dates into slightly warmer weather. We do not usually milk all of the goats that are in milk, because that would produce more than we would need. Instead we select one or two does and milk each one once per day in the morning. The dams raise the kids, so for the first several weeks, the kids get all of the milk. Then when it’s time for us to start milking, we separate the mothers from the kids each evening. We milk in the morning, then reunite them after milking.
Below you can read about some of our herd. We often have a few goats available for sale!

Spring 2022 Goats for Sale

This year we have a few goats available. First up are two brothers, Rusty and Raven (pedegrees here). The most recent photos are first:

These guys were born on 4/15/2021 to one of our most hardy and independent does, Oriole. Oriole is an F2 and shows strong ND traits in her body type and coat. She’s very high on the social order and dominates just about everyone else in the herd. Some goats require princess handling at kidding time. Oriole just walks out of the woods with her new kids by her side. In 2020 she had two doelings, Bluebird and Scarlett Robin, and she is bred for 2022. Even though she is an early generation as an F2, we plan to keep her around the farm because she is so low-maintenance. Rusty and Raven’s sire was Sycamore, our F3 born in 2020 who is also for sale ($350). These guys are nearly all black, and they have fairly long fur like their mother. They are nice and short and are $150 each or $200 for both. If castrated, they would make nice weathers for eating the weeds off of fence lines or being pets.

Mint, aka “little hop-along”, was born in our first kidding of 2021, on March 15th, 2021. Like all of our goats, he comes from a strong milking line, click here for his pedigree. Mint’s dam is Rose Mary, one of our most talkative and human-loving goats. When we first visited Ed Kisner’s Enchanted Hill farm to purchase three goats in 2020, Rose Mary was one who would just come over and visit while we were talking in the barn. She’s not as high on the social order as Oriole and sometimes we wonder if that is what makes her more social with us. Her body type is more slender, which carries on with Mint and his sister Saffron. We especially loved mint’s colors when we first saw him. He’s mostly black and white, with a Sundgau pattern. Sadly in his early days as a bouncing little buckling, he managed to break one of his rear legs. The vet x-rayed him and he wore a splint for several weeks while the broken bone healed. Subsequent x-rays showed that the bone was healed, but to this day he still doesn’t use that leg. He’d make a great pet, and though we had hoped to breed him because we liked his genetics, having only one rear leg has hampered his ability to successfully breed. But like his mother, he’s a great little buddy to have around. He’s also quite affordable at just $75.

Blue Bird
Bluebird is one of Oriole’s daughters and one of the first kids born on our farm. She stands out for her beautiful colors, and also very respectable teat size and placement, especially as a first-freshener. She has longer hair like Oriole, which we clipped somewhat for the photos below.

Sycamore was the star of our 2021 kidding season. We like his conformation and compact size as an F3. But from a genetic diversity standpoint, he’s valiantly served his purpose at our farm and is ready to come work for you. As long as we have him, he’s also available for stud service.

Speaking of stud service, we currently have several bucks available. We’re still waiting for the spring 2021 crop to mature so that we can study their conformation and traits, to decide who we are going to keep. We have a very promising little F3 cream buckling (Starlight) that is polled, and a black and tan F4 named Toto.
Dusty as a yearling:

as a yearling:

We also have our old standbys including Raincrow and Finn. 2022 has brought us a few new bucklings to be excited about too, with six so far and one more does yet to kid!