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That's a good idea - smell is big for goats and some (lightly) used bedding would be familiar.You could try putting some bedding down that they're already used to, to make the new barn less scary.
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.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’m sure if they won’t go in today they will get curious enough to go check this “new thing” out
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.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
Thank you very much I appreciate it.. I'm still not sure how to navigate this site, guess I will learn soon😅Debra P I merged the posts together that way it will be easier to keep track of replies and reply back.
This has to happen right now when I'm trying to get my goats to go into the new barn! COVID positive 🤦🤦🤦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 😅 silly goats.. and thanks for the compliment..first time I have stalls and finally Steve made a fabulous hay catcher 😅 they literally can't get it on the ground now..ohh boy did I hate wasted hay😅‼ 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😬 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😅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 😁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.
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 😁 they do love grain, but I'm very careful with it.. thanks very much I do appreciate any ideas ❣‼‼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.