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My doe recently gave birth (a doeling and a buckling). What points do you use to come up with a sale price?

Both parents are registered. Sire is polled and Dam is horned. Does coloring factor in? The buckling is horned, blue eyed, and white with a brown spot on the back of his neck, the doeling is polled, brown eyed, and fawn colored with a white starburst on her head. At birth the buckling weighed 4lbs and the doeling weighed 3lbs 6oz.

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Adorable kids and great birth weights! If your doe gave birth to them without any assistance, that's something to talk about.

On to your questions ...

Unless you have the parents registered in your name and you have a registered herd name and tattoo with AGS or ADGA, then the parents being registered is worthless. The kids would be worth $50 to $150, depending upon your area.

If you can register the kids, breeding animals would start at about $300, and without anything extra special about them, that's about where the price would stay. (The list of questions at the end would raise the price.)

A parent being polled or blue-eyed means nothing because those traits are dominant, which means that if a goat has the gene, they will express it. So, there is no such thing as "carries" polled or blue eyes, and it makes you look either clueless or dishonest if you say that, which is not a good selling point. 

Color is not worth anything, and unless the buckling should be wethered unless his dam is a remarkable doe. I wether all of my bucklings from first fresheners because the doe has not had time to prove herself. So few bucks are needed in this world that it's pointless to breed any unless their dams are really good. Wethers sell for $75 to $150, depending upon the part of the country and your local prices.

If you advertise blue eyes or polled as being anything special, it will mark you as a pet breeder because neither of those things will put more milk in the bucket. Some people put a little more value on polled because 50% of the offspring will be polled, which means less disbudding, which is not a pleasant task. But you'll still have to disbud 50% of the kids, so in the end, you still have to disbud, so people who are really raising dairy goats don't usually put that much value on polled. It seems to be more important to new people.

When people want family milkers, what they really care about is, how much milk is mama putting in the bucket? How are her teats? What's her personality on the milk stand? How is her udder holding up? 

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