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. This year we have a few goats available, with details below the chart:

Winter 2023 Goats for Sale

Goat Status DOB Price
Japanese Magnolia Doe – Bred for Spring 2023 to Sycamore – F3 Elf Ears 3/6/2020 $300
Bluebird Doe – Bred for Spring 2023 – F2 Elf Ears 3/17/2020 $300
Oriole Doe – Bred for Spring 2023 – F2 Gopher Ears 2/28/2016 $250
Kiwi Doeling – Could be Bred for Spring 2024 (next year) – F3 Elf Ears 3/20/22 $250
Sycamore Mature Buck – F3 Gopher Ears 3/9/2020 $350
Finn Mature Buck, F5 Gopher Ears 5/21/2020 $350
Raven Wether 4/15/2021 $150
Rusty Wether 4/15/2021 $150
Linden Wether 4/8/2022 $150
Mint (hopalong) Wether 3/15/2021 $75

Japanese Magnolia
Japanese Magnolia was born in spring 2020 from Yellow Rose and Raincrow. She is an F3 with elf ears and 2023 will be her second freshening. In 2021 she had a very nice single named Primrose, and in 2022 her kids were Lilac and Linden. Lilac is one of our favorite 2023 kids with Cou Clair markings and gopher ears. Japanese Magnolia’s sister is Apple Blossom, and in the summer of 2022 Apple Blossom is one of the goats that we have milked, producing two quarts per day. We wanted to keep one of the sisters, and it was a close decision, but Apple Blossom has gopher ears which gave her a slight advantage. Japanese magnolia will be a great addition to your herd, from strong milking lines and with proven hardiness. She is bred to Sycamore (COI 6.54%) and the kids will be F4.

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. Her first freshening in 2022 yielded a doeling Kiwi and a buckling Manu Pango. She has longer hair like Oriole, which we clipped somewhat for the photos below. She is bred for spring 2023 kidding to Raincrow with a COI of 2.34% and her kids will be F3. She loves head scritches and is quite social with humans.

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. She did have a hard time in 2022 with a very large (7-pound!) single kid and required a little help. In 2020 she had two doelings, Bluebird and Scarlett Robin. She is an early generation as an F2, and is bred to Sycamore for spring 2023 kidding. The kids will be F3.

Kiwi is one of Bluebird’s 2022 kids. She is an F3 with Elf ears and beautiful markings of white, black, and brown. We generally like to keep the doelings but wanted to make one available in case anyone is shopping. She’ll make a great addition to your farm for all of the reasons that we like about the mini Lamanchas. She would pair well with her mother Bluebird if you would like two new goats. She’s too young to breed for 2023 kidding but if you live close by you’d be welcome to come visit for a breeding to kid in fall 2023 or spring 2024.

Sycamore was the star of our 2021 kidding season and is sire to 14 of our goats. 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.

Rusty and Raven (pedegrees here) are two brothers. The most recent photos are first:

These guys were born on 4/15/2021 to one of our most hardy and independent does, Oriole. Rusty and Raven’s sire was Sycamore, our F3 born in 2020 who is also for sale. These guys are nearly all black, and they have fairly long fur like their mother. They are nice and short and were castrated at the end of August 2022.

Linden is a wether from the spring 2022 kidding session. He is one of the most pretty colors of any of our goats for the season, but he has elf ears which make him ineligible for further breeding. He was surgically castrated in August 2022. He’ll make a great pet, or vegetation management technician. Based on our experience with other mini-mancha wethers, we expect him to mature to be around 2 feet tall at the withers (not to be confused with the wethers) and he’ll be able to clear brush up to a height of around 4 feet.

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 was castrated in September 2022 and will make a great pet goat.

Speaking of stud service, we currently have several bucks available. Coordinate with us before kidding season so that we can have a plan, and a discussion about herd management and disease testing. Once your doe is in standing heat, bring her by for a visit. If she’s ready, it will take about 5 minutes in the driveway. The fee is $50, which trust me, is a much better option than keeping a stinky buck around during the rut season!
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!