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馃う馃悙 stubborn goats and new barn

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I started rescuing goats from people who no longer wanted them, about 9 years ago.. they have always been in an open barn, open to the south for sun to warm it up in the afternoon..we just finished our new barn and it's a beautiful barn, with stalls, hay feeders and hay catcher so hay won't be spoiled by the goats walking on the hay and of course pooping in it. The new barn is attached to the old barn, we cut an opening for them to go inside on their own.. but 馃う馃悙 stubborn goats act like something horrible will happen to them. I wanted to make sure that none of the goats have bad experience in the new barn BUT HOW DO YOU GET THEM TO GO INSIDE 馃う馃悙 I had no idea that they would be wary of this new barn..has anyone else has this experience with GOATS馃う馃悙馃榿 little knuckle heads.. please advise 馃槵

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First time I started a conversation hope I didn't post it twice 馃槵
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Nope. Never have had the experience. But with our goats when we built a new barn we just herded them all in there. I guess my goats are just a little more curious then yours lol.. they thought it was quite interesting and were investigating everything. Could you coax them in with feed? And I鈥檓 sure if they won鈥檛 go in today they will get curious enough to go check this 鈥渘ew thing鈥 out
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Hey just to let you know you did post twice but that is perfectly fine! No ones gonna care! At least I don鈥檛馃ぃBtw, welcome to the forum!
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The barn looks awesome!!

Goats just don't like new things. I'm sure they will get brave enough to check it out soon. 馃槈
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Debra P I merged the posts together ;) that way it will be easier to keep track of replies and reply back.
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Nice barn! Well I still have to "baby sit" my goats to get them out in the new field. Aka I fenced in around the apple orchard near the arena and they still won't go out but about 30 feet into it on their own. Give them time and sit with them in there some. My girls are finally getting more adjusted to the "new" field.
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Goats believe humans always want to do things to eat them. 馃榿. Sit with them and talk to them while you are in there.
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Food will get you everywhere ;) Put their hay in there, make sure they see it, and don't feed anywhere else and they'll figure it out quickly! Lol. You can try coaxing them with treats etc but that's the easiest way and it's guaranteed.
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Oh, those silly goats!
It's hard to tell from the pictures...is there an exit door in the new barn? Goats are sometimes reluctant to enter a new place if they can't see a clear path of escape.
What's the floor made of? Cows are the worst about this from what I've seen, but goats are bad sometimes, too, about not wanting to walk on dark floors, especially concrete, in a new place. You could try putting some bedding down that they're already used to, to make the new barn less scary.
It all looks great to me! I bet your goats will get used to it in no time.
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Yep, it did post twice, I deleted the extra one.

Anything new with goats, they are either shy about it or go to investigate.

You can try to feed them their favorite treats in the barn and some hay so they get use to it. ;)
You could try putting some bedding down that they're already used to, to make the new barn less scary.
That's a good idea - smell is big for goats and some (lightly) used bedding would be familiar.
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Nope. Never have had the experience. But with our goats when we built a new barn we just herded them all in there. I guess my goats are just a little more curious then yours lol.. they thought it was quite interesting and were investigating everything. Could you coax them in with feed? And I鈥檓 sure if they won鈥檛 go in today they will get curious enough to go check this 鈥渘ew thing鈥 out
I am so sorry 8 haven't had a chance to get back on this site..my entire family caught COVID and we are pretty sick.
Yes, I tried luring them in with hay, they just seem to think something bad is going to happen to them. My brave little boy Timmy comes right in.
I have one Nubian Champ and he refused to come in even though I had the hay in the bins..I do have larger goats that can be bullies..we usually separate the bullies from the smaller goats so that they eat enough.. the little guys were wary but finally came inside and ate Champ refused to come inside. I can't see them now, I have a friend feeding and cleaning up the barn until I can get back to them. I guess I just have stubborn goats
Oh get better soon. Give the little guys a chance.
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Oh no, I hope you will feel better soon!
I am so sorry 8 haven't had a chance to get back on this site..my entire family caught COVID and we are pretty sick.
Yes, I tried luring them in with hay, they just seem to think something bad is going to happen to them. My brave little boy Timmy comes right in.
I have one Nubian Champ and he refused to come in even though I had the hay in the bins..I do have larger goats that can be bullies..we usually separate the bullies from the smaller goats so that they eat enough.. the little guys were wary but finally came inside and ate Champ refused to come inside. I can't see them now, I have a friend feeding and cleaning up the barn until I can get back to them. I guess I just have stubborn goats
Are they still getting fed elsewhere? They might need to get hungry enough for that to overcome their fear. If you can leave it free choice the timid ones will get a chance to go eat when the others are full.
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Debra P I merged the posts together ;) that way it will be easier to keep track of replies and reply back.
Thank you very much I appreciate it.. I'm still not sure how to navigate this site, guess I will learn soon馃槄
Nice barn! Well I still have to "baby sit" my goats to get them out in the new field. Aka I fenced in around the apple orchard near the arena and they still won't go out but about 30 feet into it on their own. Give them time and sit with them in there some. My girls are finally getting more adjusted to the "new" field.
This has to happen right now when I'm trying to get my goats to go into the new barn! COVID positive 馃う馃う馃うSoo until I test negative my friend is feeding and cleaning up the old barn.. little stinkers are afraid I'm trying to trap them 馃槄 silly goats.. and thanks for the compliment..first time I have stalls and finally Steve made a fabulous hay catcher 馃槄 they literally can't get it on the ground now..ohh boy did I hate wasted hay馃槄鈥 that is exactly what I have been doing, putting hay out for them in the new barn ..one of the triplets, Timothy just walks right in but the others just stand at the door and look even though I know they are hungry... still giving trouble coming inside. And yes I stay inside with them trying to make them feel more comfortable.. but goats will be goats馃槵 still I adore each goat.. My friend Steve built the barn for me, I have been rescuing goats for about 9 years now, Steve said that it's about time for a real barn馃槄he's a great friend.. the open barn is 40 years old! And kinda falling apart. I was so excited that they would like the barn but with goats, ya just never know 馃榿

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Are they still getting fed elsewhere? They might need to get hungry enough for that to overcome their fear. If you can leave it free choice the timid ones will get a chance to go eat when the others are full.
What we are doing and we've been feeding my goats this way for a long time.. I feed what I call the bullies on one side and I am just feeding the smaller goats inside the new barn. And what they don't eat they can go back inside and eat the later. Have you heard of caprine challenger? My vet said it won't hurt my wethers, but I still am a bit wary giving grain to my wethers, I know people know how to figure out protein ratio etc But I have no idea how to figure that out.. if I put grain in the new barn.. I think they'd forget it's new and run inside 馃榿 they do love grain, but I'm very careful with it.. thanks very much I do appreciate any ideas 鉂b尖

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If your wethers are maintaining body condition with just hay, I wouldn't mess with feeding anything else.
A little grain treat to coax them into the barn might be a nice thing. My wether gets so excited about the teeny, tiny handful of grain pellets I give him as a treat.
Prayers that you all get well soon!
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