Dead Goat?

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by The1moe, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. The1moe

    The1moe New Member

    Oct 26, 2010
    I often wondered when this day would come... We have 5 goats, (4 boer and 1 tiny goat of unkn origin)... Well today only the four boers met me at the gate... I wondered about the tiny one "Bella"... I called but no response... after I made the final turn to the barn I could see her laying there in front of Rudy's pen... Maybe he butted her or something.... She wasn't moving a muscle.. the poor thing... It was really cold (mid 40s') last night here in Tampa and I wondered if the cold got to her... hopefully she didn't suffer... I felt her to see if she was cold or not... she was still warm and I shook her..... Her eyes opened up and she got up and wagged her tail and headed for the feed trough.... the friggen goat was asleep.... I'll be a monkey's uncle.... was still near dark out and I'd done been had by a goat.... too funny....
  2. VickiH

    VickiH New Member

    Sep 24, 2010
    Oh my goodness, I'd have probably had a heart attack! So glad it's OK.

  3. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    happens to me ALL THE TIME..I hate it!
  4. :ROFL: Oh that happened to me just yesterday! I was on my way up the drive and stoped to check on everyone. Immidiately I saw candy(nigi) laying on one of the spools with her head hanging down. She is normally a spooky goat, so when I pulled up and she didn't move I thought the worst! I got out of the rig, still no movement. her head just hung off the spool. :GAAH: Finally I said Candy in a loud voice, and up popped her head! Whew!!!! Lilt Brat!!! :hair:
    Glad everything was ok with your girl!! :thumbup: sheesh, I wonder if they think we have nine lives or something??
  5. dobe627

    dobe627 Senior Member

    Oct 16, 2007
    southeast PA
    Wow, I thought this just happened to me. I can't tell you how many times I have been driving up the drive past the goats and 1's just laying there and won't answer. I can't count the times I have actually parked and went running into the pen, my heart pounding just to get a foot away and have them lift their head and look at me like I am crazy :hair:
  6. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    Don't you just want to go strangle them for that AFTER you do all the loving and hugging on them?
    I am so glad she was playing possum with you. I have had to go out and touch my horses before also. :GAAH: Then you feel bad for waking them in their so peaceful sleep.
  7. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I hate when they do that.....being sound asleep.......they make us freak out and have to actually go up and touch them....I think.... they do this on purpose... to give us a fright.. and seeing if... we are paying attention... :hug: :wink: :laugh:
  8. WarPony

    WarPony New Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    my animals take turns doing this to me. My dog is getting older and he sleeps really deep now sometimes, then looks at me like I am crazy when i freak out and grab him. One of my horses, Sparrow, he does it all the time too. He even freaked out my neighbor one time, she called me all freaked out. I even had a lady pull in my driveway yelling at me about the dead horse in my pasture, haha!!

    I've only had one goat do that, and it was when it was really hot and she'd had scours. So I was already worried she'd slip away from me. She seemed annoyed and disgusted by my reaction.

    I think they do it just to see how much we love them, and the more we freak out the happier and more secure it makes them feel, hehe.
  9. MissMM

    MissMM New Member

    Oct 22, 2007
    McGregor, MN
    Ha! Somebody that can empathize with the instant feeling of panic as your heart jumps into your throat when you realize someone hasn't shown up for their spot in the grain chain, or when the horses don't come running when you holler 'hey kids....nummies!' Then when you realize all is ok you just have to sit down and take a breather before you can function again!

    Just yesterday I thought a chicken was dead - sure looked like it, but when I went to pick it up..... SQUAWK!!! Three scratches on my hand to prove she was just fine. Would rather have the scratches than a dead chicken!
  10. myfainters

    myfainters New Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Lancaster, CA
    Oh yes my little :angel2: have done that too me to! I hate when the animals do that!!!!! Scares the heck out of me!!!

    My daughter did that to me one morning...she'd been sick and I called and called her to come out for breakfast...she's normally the first one up... no answer... go in her room, no noice, touch her and call her, no movement, SHAKE her... "What momma" :GAAH: Talk about needing to sit down and destress for a minute!
  11. HoosierShadow

    HoosierShadow Senior Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Central Kentucky
    Omg I would have been freaking out! Thankfully my girls haven't tried anything like that....yet! And I don't want anyone giving them any ideas either LOL
  12. Hidden Waters Farm

    Hidden Waters Farm New Member

    Oct 3, 2010
    Same thing happened to me in November: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=17387.

    That darned goat is still kickin and doing better, Butting heads everyday.
  13. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    Thanks for the topic The1moe, everyone elses was a gut buster too!
  14. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    I don't remember a time I thought a goat was actually dead, but the first storm our pygmy buck (don't have him anymore) went through, we couldn't find him. We checked the whole barn, their pen (including kicking a doghouse I swore up and down was too small for him to get into), half the neighbor's pasture, and almost a mile down the road both ways.

    We get back, the storm's over, I go outside to look for him one last time, and after about a minute I hear his baby yells, and out pops his head from the doghouse I had sworn up and down was too small for him. The idiot had slept through the storm, through the doghouse being kicked and us yelling for him...