Tucked tail--wagging it? Should I be worried?

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Burns Branch Boers, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Burns Branch Boers

    Burns Branch Boers New Member

    Apr 10, 2011
    North Texas
    Our 3 year old boer doe who I would consider to be one of my most hardy goats has her tail tucked down, tight, to her behind today. She is wagging it back and forth constantly.

    Is she in heat?

    Is she sick?? She looks bright; eats fine and is out grazing at the moment.

    All of mine usually have their tails up all the time-so this is def. out of the ordinary. I can try to take her temp later-but since she is not acting sickly so temping her will be a 2 person job.

    thoughts?
     
  2. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator

    Jul 20, 2008
    corning california
    May be gnats or bugs buzzing around her...

    Could be heat yes....is she messy back there?

    If she is eating OK...acting normal.. then ...she is fine....

    Mine do that at times as well.....


    If she acts off ...get a temp on her.... :thumb:
     

  3. Burns Branch Boers

    Burns Branch Boers New Member

    Apr 10, 2011
    North Texas
    no bugs-does not appear to have any discharge.

    I will pull her in the barn tonight before we feed and give her the "once over" Thank you for the info and it makes me feel better that sometimes this can be normal.

    I am hoping she is just in heat. Everytime I peek out at her she is participating in the herd activites just tail down and wagging back and forth-amazing how fast she is wagging it?

    I always thought "flagging" of the tail was with the tail up in the air?
     
  4. myfainters

    myfainters New Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Lancaster, CA
    Tail wagging usually means a heat cycle. If she has discharge that may be why she is holding her tail down. Easiest way to tell would be to walk her near a buck! :) Also, what's the temperature outside? Mine will do this when it's windy and/or cold out too.
     
  5. Burns Branch Boers

    Burns Branch Boers New Member

    Apr 10, 2011
    North Texas
    we got her temp last night--normal at 102. I did notice her vulva was very swollen and "poochy" so I guess she is in heat? Her tail also came up again later yesterday afternoon so I am gonna consider her "all good" for now :greengrin: thanks for the help!