A million questions...

Discussion in 'Bucks' started by CottonwoodBoerGoats, Jul 13, 2020.

  1. CottonwoodBoerGoats

    CottonwoodBoerGoats Member

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    Jun 7, 2020
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    Hello! I have never owned a buck before but I am considering buying one. Of course I have some questions!

    1) Do they need a companion? If so would a disbudded wether work?

    2) What should he be fed? Does it differ from does?

    3) How do you keep them gentle and from destroying the farm?

    4) Do they stink 24/7/365?

    5) One last question. What do y’all use for buck fencing?

    Any information would be helpful, Thanks!
     
  2. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    1. Bucks cannot be alone just like all goats cannot be alone. A wether is fine, another buck is okay too!!

    2. Their diet is different due to urinary calculi risks. Little to no grain is preferred but it must be overall balanced - do remember they need more zinc supplementation than goats as a quick tip!!

    3. Make their pen sturdy. That’s all you can do.

    4. They have a stronger smell than does do year-round, but it usually gets bad and bucky during specific times.

    5. Woven wire is pretty good. Just make it tall and not attached to any doe pens.
     

  3. CottonwoodBoerGoats

    CottonwoodBoerGoats Member

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    Thank you! I appreciate it!
     
  4. Boers4ever

    Boers4ever Active Member

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    Jun 28, 2020
    East Texas
    Hi! My buck is in a cattle panel fenced pen right next to the does. Even the cattle panel is bent from him beating on it when he gets mad.

    Some bucks can be aggressive while others are nice. So if you decide to get a companion for him make sure he won’t be aggressive toward his buddy. I had a buddy with mine for awhile but he would keep my buck off his food so I took him out. He is close enough to my does that he doesn’t stress out over them.

    I’m still trying to figure out feed myself so I’m not much help there.

    They only stink during rut. Although they will still have the goat odor all year. Just like the does. But I’ve gotten used to that smell. (Although my friends haven’t!)

    I have a relatively gentle buck that like to be loved most of the time. The only reason he gets mad is because I have a doe that hates him and hits the fence trying to get to him.

    I hope all goes well with you and your new buck!!
     
  5. CottonwoodBoerGoats

    CottonwoodBoerGoats Member

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    Thank you! (I have goats that hate each other too )
     
  6. CottonwoodBoerGoats

    CottonwoodBoerGoats Member

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    Do they have zinc supplements for bucks?
     
  7. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    You would just use zinc supplements that you would use for anyone else. They don't make a since supplement specifically for bucks.
     
  8. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Zinpro40 is a good one!!
     
  9. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki

    Bucks don’t smell all the time. In rut and a bit after that until it wears off is all.
     
  10. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Like I said they don’t have the buck stink all the time, but I think that, IMHO, they are a little stronger in usual goat smell than the does are.
     
  11. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
  12. CottonwoodBoerGoats

    CottonwoodBoerGoats Member

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    I just read something for humans that said that zinc forms kidney stones. I know that y’all have much more experience than me but I was just wondering if zinc is actually something to avoid. Does anyone have an idea?
     
  13. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    I’ve never heard of it - and to be honest I’ve given a ton of zinc before with no issues!!
     
  14. CottonwoodBoerGoats

    CottonwoodBoerGoats Member

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    Ok! Thanks, I was just curious.