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My goats are crying
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Susan    Posted 07-25-2001 at 08:34:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've had goats for a couple of years now but I can't figure this out. The neigbours are gonna complain soon. The goats call almost all the time. They have nice pasture. They get lots of food, hay and produce rejects. I throw all my weeds and tree trimmings in there. The church ladies save stale buns and bread. The waterer is automatic. We talk to them several times a day.
Now the buck is bossy but I'll ship him back to my friends barn after I'm sure the girls have all been in heat.
Any ideas?


Vanessa    Posted 07-03-2004 at 19:04:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello,
I just found this discussion by typing "goats crying" into
a google search. I too am going absolutely mad with
the crying of my little 5 month old nigerian dwarf.
At first I thought it had to do with the older lady I
brought her home with. This nigerian dwarf was 6 years
old and had lived with the herd all her life. When I
brought the 2 home, it was the older one that cried
incessantly. The little one just seemed to chime in for
good sport.
So I talked to the breeder and she said, Yes, bring her
back. Then I quickly got a pair of 'bargain' sheep for
$80. These creatures were so wild I was scared of
them. And they were no friend to my 5 month old goat...
pushed her around ruthlessly.
I returned them (I know, I feel horrible taking these
animals through this) and next picked up a lovely 2
month old Shetland Sheep.
My hopes for peace were blown yet again. They are
not companions. Now, the nigerian dwarf bullies
around the sheep. She jumps out of anything I put her
in (the goat of course) and so both end up being alone
all day, miserable.
I am hesitant to bring more animals... I've thought of
offering them both to a neighbor who has a dwarf goat
and a herd of sheep. I was hoping for a few grazers to
keep on my 5 acres, but ??????
My plan now is to get one more Shetland sheep. I
don't think 2 will get beat up by the goat like 1 would.
And I guess the goat is just still on a trial, how will this
work? kind of basis.
Even as I write, both run free with ample greenery to
eat, and they cry and cry and cry.
The only way I have quiet while I'm home is to be near
both of them. I'm trying to make money from small scale
agriculture, so it's not exactly productive to sit and
watch them eat grass. And still, it's hard to believe they
find No Peace without some human hanging around.
All I can offer is my sympathies... and my story.
Best of luck
~ Vanessa


Mary    Posted 04-02-2005 at 10:41:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am a newbie, just became a goat farmer, but from what I have read and understood through word of mouth, goats are very social animals. They love human contact, but they also do better when they are surrounded by other goats. For this reason, I would not try to raise just one goat (for those of you who followed up and have just one).


Donna Brown    Posted 03-10-2002 at 23:07:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a white goat- I am not sure what it is- maybe a Nubian, anyway he bleats all day. Whenever he hears or sees anyone- very often- he justs lets go. He has recently been separated from his mother, however this was over two weeks ago. We pay him plenty of attention he gets fed really well, but he is driving our family and the neighbours mad!!! He is not neutered does this make a difference? Can anyone help.....


Over 40 Firefighter/Laborer for wife's goats    Posted 08-04-2001 at 06:21:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What kind of goats do you have? If they are Pygmy goats, you will never get them to shut up. Some breeds of Dairy goats are quieter than others. La Mancha goats seem to be quieter than most, as Nubian goats seem to be noisier. Also, they do become spoiled easily! So, either spoil them more, (go to the local bread outlet store and get a truckload of "feed" products for $10) or just give them hay and grain and wait till they quiet down. It may take a while!


Ole Cuss    Posted 07-27-2001 at 16:33:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

My goat herd has always had everything they need to be content but they still bleat and blather to each other. Some are real chatterboxes, especially the kids, and others don't have much to say. I think it's like when my hounds get riotous: they just have stories to tell, and without a translator it's only noise to us.


R M in Ont    Posted 07-25-2001 at 10:52:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Speaking from past experience when my sister had goats here, your goats are spoiled. They have gotten used to living high and now they are calling for more goodies. I used to bring home stale baked goods to feed to the cattle and goats. The goats knew the instant I brought that stuff in the barn and the noise was deafening. Even if they heard my voice outside, they would start calling. When we stopped feeding the "goodies", it took months before they forgot about it. One never did forget, everytime I went in the pen, the old girl would stick her nose in my pocket to see if there was something for her.


Susan    Posted 07-25-2001 at 13:07:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're from Ontario too? You can't hear them can you? Good point there! My husband thinks they're just plain spoiled too.


R M in Ont    Posted 07-25-2001 at 16:02:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I went outside and listened real close, but nope I couldn't hear any goats. LOL


Freddie's Mom    Posted 07-25-2001 at 19:37:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I went outside and could hear them. Oh, wait a minute!!!! Those were my spoiled goats. I'm in Delaware.


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