Fainting Silky Goats
The FUN model of the goat
From the:
International Fainting Goat Association brochure:

“This is the fun model of the Goat World”

Fainting Goats are known by several different names such as Wooden Legged. Stiff-Legged, Nervous Goats and Myotonic Goats.  Fainting goats can be traced to the early 1880’s when a man appeared in Marshall County, Tennessee with three does and a buck that each displayed the motonia that is characteristic of the breed. His accent and his clothes suggested that he came from Nova Scotia, but he was
not talkative so his origin and the source of the four goats has remained a mystery. He sold his goats to Dr. H.H. Mayberry, who fortunately propagated them and tried his best to research their origin. He could find no evidence of a similar breed anywhere else in the world. He was convinced that this was a unique breed because their distinct traits passed on intact from generation to generation.

Myotonia congenital is the medical term for the condition that caused these goats to appear to faint. When the goats move quickly after being startled or excited, or even after stepping over a low barrier, their muscles stiffen and cannot relax as quickly as other goats. If they are off balance when this occurs they will frequently fall over, leading to the name “fainting.” The condition is painless, and the goat remains fully conscious and alert, regaining their mobility in a few seconds.

Fainting goats are renowned for their kind and calm temperaments. They are much quieter than most other goats. They appreciate routine, consistent care and respond to kindness and attention with affection and devotion.

Fainting Goats are easy to raise, and require less “goat proof facilities than other breeds because their motonia prevents them from climbing as well as other goats.

Mountain Crest Fabio is now a member of the Holy Grail Flock.
Fabio's dame Owned by Mountain Crest.  This is an older picture her coat is past her knees now.
Yep, Fabio & our does faint.
It took us years after hearing about Miniature Silky Fainting Goats to be able to join in on the fun of developing this new breed.  In September of 2010 Poppy and Pansy joined our flock.   In October we added Fabio our buck.  Fabio was only a few months old when he joined us.  His coat was lush and thick but only a couple of inches long. We were assured by his breeder that he was going to have a nice coat that would continue to grow.  When we picked Fabio up his mothers coat was down to her knees.  As you can see in the picture that was taken when she was younger it took yeas for it to grow that long.  We are having fun watching him and his coat grow!  You are invited to watch our new flock develop with us.  The goal is to have a full long skirt, long chest and neck hair, full beard, muff on the face and bangs.  Todays Silky's are a work in progress.  There are varying degrees of coat and placement.  Having bangs on  a Mini silker adds to the terrier-like appearance that the breed standard is striving for.  We for sure would like to develop this traint in our flock.  However it is noted that to get bangs on a Doe is much more difficult than a buck.  The height limit is 23.5" at the withers for a doe and 25" for the bucks.  At this point of the breeds development the standard does not require that they faint. Since that is a trait that we really liked in our fainters. We wanted our lineage to be fainters. Not because they topple over when scared but because they don't jump fences or climb on your truck.   All three of our silkies faint.

They are some great pictures of the best of the best on the MSFG - Miniature Silky Fainting Goat association at www.mfgaregistry.com

You'll see there is nothing else like them.  They are not your typical goat! 

We are excited for our first "Silky" kids to arrive this spring!  Check back with us around March to see pictures of our new arrivals.

Picture taken 1/11
Picture taken 10/10