About Peacock Goat, The Peacock goat is a hybrid created by crossing a male Peacock Rock goat with a female Nigerian Dwarf goat. The Peacock gene comes from a breed of chicken that has been extensively inbred to create the most unusual, beautiful plumage and distinctive head shape.
When two chickens mate and produce offspring, the chicks may take after either parent or combination. The resulting genetics are what make the peacock goat so unique.
Characteristics of Peacock Goat
- Surprisingly long tail
- The fluffy, dense coat
- Unique, sometimes striking facial and body markings
- Hooves are knobby and relatively large
- Legs are short (but not as short as the Nigerian Dwarf goat)
The Peacock gene can be found in certain breeds, but the crossbreeding necessary to get a completed goat has been difficult. The original parent species of the Peacock goat is the Peacock Rock goat, a breed of domestic goat.
The Peacock gene is dominant and therefore influences the coloration and markings of all offspring. But to get a female, one must combine two specific breeds: a domestic goat, which won’t give birth to a peahen (female), and an African dwarf goat, which will give birth to a male without influence from the peacock gene.
Peacock goats tend to be smaller than the average adult goat. The breed standard calls for animals to weigh between 85 and 150 pounds.
They have some unique characteristics that set them apart from crossbreeds of the Nigerian Dwarf goat, such as an unusually long, fluffy tail.
Their coloring is also quite striking. The face, body, and legs are a distinctive shade of blue, with black markings and long eyelashes. Their coat is often described as “dusty lavender.
The peacock gene can be found in certain breeds of domestic goats, but the crossbreeding necessary to get a completed goat has been difficult. The original parent species of the Peacock goat is the Peacock Rock goat, a breed of domestic goat. The Peacock gene is dominant and therefore influences the coloration and markings of all offspring.
Review the full breed profile of this breed in the following table.
|Breed Name||Peacock Goat|
|Color||Dark Blue with Black Markings and Lavender Coloration|
|Size||Standard goat breed size – adult goats are 75-150 pounds|
|Health||Hormone issues must be resolved by testing for IGF-1, IL-2, TNF-alpha, and several other markers of pituitary dysfunction. Excess levels of Melatonin has been associated with the excess growth hormone that occurs in Peacock goat.|
|Number of Members||<100|
|Average Vintage Size||Not yet fully established, but standardized at one kid per year.|
Problems with Peacock Goat
1. It is still considered a rare breed, and as such, there is some concern for the genetic diversity of the animals.
2. When breeding for hybrid offspring, you must be sure that both parents are from the same gene pool. Otherwise, your offspring may end up deformed or sterile.
3. Because the Peacock gene is dominant, the offspring of two peahens may not show many Peacock traits.
4. The most common issue with the Peacock goat is that it can take a while to make it through pregnancy. The gestation period is approximately five months or about a year from mating to the birth of the first kid.
5. The goats are smaller than the Nigerian Dwarf goat; it can take a few years before your animal can reach full-sized adulthood.
Breeding Performance of Peacock Goat
1. If a male arrives from the sperm bank, it is necessary to inseminate the peahen artificially with a syringe (see subheading on breeding below).
2. To achieve pregnancy, it is necessary to artificially inseminate multiple times (as many as 10) at 10-14 day intervals.
3. the pregnancy must be monitored regularly with ultrasound and blood markers (home monitoring kits are available).
4. In most cases, female goats do not produce enough milk to sustain the viability of the kid, so it is necessary to have a strong supply of colostrum and milk replacement formula available for the baby goat.
Best 7 Farming Benefits of Peacock Goat
1. The coat is very long, dense, and silky.
2. The coat is quite durable, even with frequent brushing.
3. The milk production is high, which is a benefit when seeking out a dependable source of protein for your family.
4. Dark blue makes for an attractive animal that can be used in almost any color scheme.
5. The Peacock Goat is a small breed, which makes it easier to care for and feed.
6. The goat is smaller than the Nigerian Dwarf, which makes it ideal for urban living situations.
7. The Peacock Goat is a clean goat that does not produce a lot of odor, which makes it easy to maintain in an urban environment.
The Peacock goat is a very special animal that requires careful planning. Because it is still a new breed, the genetic line has not been fully established.
The only way to get a peahen is through crossing two breeds that would otherwise never cross—the Nigerian Dwarf male and the domestic female—and hope that the resulting offspring will exhibit good Peacock traits to be considered “breed standard.
The Peacock Goat is a special breed of animal that has both a positive and an emotional impact on the people who raise them. This goat is both strong and beautiful and has many excellent farming benefits.
This article aims to help prepare you to own, raise and improve the Peacock goat. Thank you for being here, and good luck in your search for the perfect Peacock child.