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Pgymy Goat and Good Morning
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EIEIO    Posted 06-06-2002 at 06:28:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am going to be efficient and say Good Morning everyone and ask a question about Samson (my goat)

Looks like it is going to be a beautiful day here, low humidity and in the 80's. Going to get the ice tea made because Dennis is working today!

Now question, every so often Samson coughs, it is usually in the morning is this normal?

Also why do lamb's shake their tails? Don't forget I am a greenhorn still and the only way I can find out things is to ask.

Thanks and have a wonderful day filled with laughter.

hayseed    Posted 06-06-2002 at 08:33:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lambs shake their tails cause they can.

gimp    Posted 06-06-2002 at 18:43:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
He coughs because he's smoking behind the barn at night!

F14    Posted 06-06-2002 at 13:55:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good answer, Hayseed. Ya oughta seem 'em go when they are nursin'. Wonder they don't take off like a helicopter...

Long about twilight, you'll see 'em running like crazy, doing laps around the barn, jumpin' up in the air and kicking up their heels, playing King of the Mountain on anything taller than they are (including the llama if he happens to be laying down) and just generally tear-assing around. If it's cool enough, even my arthritic old ram will join in.

I've watched 'em for several years now, and it looks like pure unalloyed exuberance to me. No matter how rotten a day I've had, that sight will usually get me ta grinnin'.

EIEIO    Posted 06-06-2002 at 09:21:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hayseed, thanks so much for your words of wisdom they are appreciated. I am now one step closer to not being a greenhorn because of your astute answer LOL!!

Fergus    Posted 06-06-2002 at 10:40:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It's always amazing to me, the amount of information transfered on this site. No matter what the question someone here will have the answer. Just keep on asking questions and soon the green will fade from your horn.

LH    Posted 06-06-2002 at 07:21:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most goats cough some, but excesive coughing is usually a sign of worms. Just keep an eye on him and if you notice anything out of the ordinary weight loss, lethargy, etc, call your vet.

Tom A    Posted 06-06-2002 at 06:40:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've had goats for only a few years now. Two of ours seem to cough more often than the others, and have since they were born (they're both 2+ now). They're healthy, grew fast and have no other 'problems.' maybe it is just allergies, maybe they just like to clear their throats.

Keep an eye on Sampson, and if it gets worse or somehow seems like it might be serious to you, then call a vet. But if it is just an occasional cough, especially in the mornings, I wouldn't worry because some goats just seem to do it.

good luck,
Tom A

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