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Old 04-20-2017, 03:09 PM   #11
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To be honest I treat my boys better than my does! I mean I don't beat anyone but my boys do get loved on more and if I feel they aren't healthy enough to breed they don't.


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Old 04-20-2017, 05:39 PM   #12
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Glad you have a good goat vet! That's a real challenge for many of us!

Of course JK is right-not all bucks are the same! I'd hate for you to think that everyone's buck is attacking them just because mine did. It's just an individual problem that I probably could have prevented early on, & posted about to get help.

I think you're on to something there about bucks not always being treated as well as does & wethers, & I bet it's often due to folks having a harder time managing them. They are so big & strong! But that won't be such a problem with your Nigerians. Something I also wonder about is the stress of being kept alone. Goats are not meant to be solitary animals. Now that's just my personal thoughts--it would be very interesting to hear from people who keep bucks in all boy groups as well as the few like myself who keep them with their ladies most of the time, as well as people who give each buck his own pen. I'm always interested in learning more about bucks.


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Thanks so much, guys!

I've definitely read up on goat aggression and it turns out my tiny guys are doing a few things I need to talk to my boyfriend about so we can nip it in the bud, so I really appreciate you steering me in the right direction! I was never raised around farms and had about 10-12 dogs in my childhood home over the years, so I'm working on learning the differences in goat and dog behavior.

Most of what they are doing (they're crowding the gate when I arrive, and jumping on and crowding me when I have food for them) wouldn't phase me with a happy lovey dog, but I'm really glad to know this is bad social form and something I need to work on for my goats. I've been pushing on their chests (never their heads!) when they jump on me and only feeding them treats when they are on all fours, I'll have to figure out a way to keep them from crowding the gate now... I've reviewed some videos about how to train goats to back away from you on cue, wish me luck!

Once again, I really appreciate all you guys' help! You guys are great!
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Water spray bottle is incredibly effective at stopping naughty goats.
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I think how tightly wound your buck is would contribute to stress too. Some are insanely driven breeders while others are really laid back.


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