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New goat isnt getting along well
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markct    Posted 07-11-2003 at 19:00:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
well i got a new goat a few days ago, he seemed to be getting along fine with my other 2 fainting goats, but this morning when we went out to let them out there was alot of racket coming from there little barn, but when we opened the door it all seemed to be ok, they went out in there field and started eating grass, well tonight just as it was getting dark i put them in there barn and went over and started taking the tailight outa my pickup to replace the bulb. well then i started to hear terrible sounding groans and banging noises from the goat barn, like one was being pushed against the wall, so i walked over and as soon as they saw me they stopped and just all stood there, so i went back to fixin my truck and a few minutes later the same thing again, so this time i walked around from the side and looked in the window to find the new goat pushing the other goat in the side, slamming him against the wall with his head and horns, then as soon as he realized i was there he stopped. so i took and put an old gate in one corner of there house and blocked off a little area to keep the new goat seperate for the night. i guess i am gona have to keep them seperate at night? they never seem to have a problem when they are out in the pasture, they got lotsa room so they go off and do there own thing, the new goat usualy follows the ducks around. i guess if he starts causing too much trouble it will be bbq time


Greg    Posted 07-12-2003 at 20:07:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ours do the same thing. Lot's of racket and look at you like you just fell from the sky when you go to see what is going on.

Your new goat looked like a Pigmy in the picture you posted. If this is the case, they (pigmys) as a rule have a bad case of short man's disease and will challenge almost anyother goat. We have two doe's and they will even take on a dog if they are given the chance. We can't even put ours with the Dairy goats long enough to clean pens. It seems to be a territory thing in most cases.

Just to be sure you may want to blunt the horns. Don't cut to deep or they will bleed. I use a coarse file and trim them back about 1/4 inch. This will help keep him from hurting another animal.

Disbudding at this age is difficult and Dangerous and should only be done by a vet.

Funny creatures. We love ours. Give it time and they may learn to get along.


Tom A    Posted 07-12-2003 at 12:17:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got a dozen goats and they do that a lot.

Doesn't matter whether it is the does or the wethers, they all seem to enjoy knocking heads. It *is* a little worse when one or more of the does is in heat, but still it happens a lot and none of them seem to take it seriously.

Only problem might be if yours have horns (I think they do, right?). Mine have all been disbudded so there isn't really any possibility of serious injury.
Tom


About disbudding--from An    Posted 07-12-2003 at 13:26:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I first started getting goats I seriously thought of disbudding them for the obvious reasons, but then I thought that if I ever try to sell them they would be at a terrible disadvantage to other goats in other herds. Nobody around here disbuds their goats---expense, I suppose. Am I thinking right or not?


Tom A    Posted 07-13-2003 at 06:10:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Around here, most goats have been dehorned or disbudded so it isn't an issue. In 4H, all the goats *must* be disbudded and 4H is fairly big around here so that is probably the reason.

I would think most times if you're selling a goat it is for meat, so I don't see the probby. If it is for a pet, then sell them two!! :-)

Tom A


Cindi    Posted 07-12-2003 at 08:29:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark, it sounds like you have two bucks and a doe maybe? If that's the case then the new buck may be trying to establish dominance over the old one. If it's a buck slamming a doe, then same thing. He's trying to dominate her, or breed with her. If you have all bucks, then the new guy is trying to establish a pecking order.

Not much you can do about it. We have two bucks and eight or ten does and the bucks fight every day. Not really bad, but kind of just a reminder from one to the other, who is top buck.


nope    Posted 07-12-2003 at 19:33:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
they are all castrated males, two are fainting goats, but the new one aint which i think may be part of the problem


Maggie/TX    Posted 07-11-2003 at 21:55:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know much about goats, but I think it is funny and kinda cute that they stop as soon as they know you are there watching. Kinda like children. :)


markct    Posted 07-12-2003 at 19:35:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
yep, just like little kids, as soon as i came over he stood up against the stall wanting to be petted, looking all inocent lol


Clod    Posted 07-12-2003 at 20:00:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read all these but never know the answers except my experience is that the more you try to control animals the worse they get.


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