Goat Body Language

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by DebMc, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. DebMc

    DebMc Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    What does it mean when a goat has it's head hung low facing another goat and sticks out it's tongue? :p Is that an invitation to play? A calming signal? Anyone know? :whatgoat:

    I noticed our herd queen doing this to a kid doe. She seems to have finally accepted the youngster into the herd and has started playing with her recently. The kid responds to the tongue stance by turning away. Both times, shortly afterwards though, they and another doe all got the zoomies and were racing around playing mountain goat and hootenannying. I'm curious about the tongue gesture and what it means in goat culture.

    Deb Mc
  2. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    Deb, I have never seen that before. I could not tell you. The only goats I ever see do anything with the tongue is the buck. Is the Queen by any chance in heat?

  3. DebMc

    DebMc Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    She could have been in heat - I don't know. Both times I saw the tongue gesture, the queen and the kid were both standing on spools facing each other, kinda' like bookends. The queen stuck out her tongue and just held it there hanging partially out of her mouth - talk about silly looking. The kid calmly turned away from the queen but stayed up on her spool. Next thing I know, they and the other doe are running around like loonies engaging in play - both times.

    Deb Mc
  4. KGW Farms

    KGW Farms New Member

    Nov 24, 2009
    Scales mound, IL
    I would say in heat. I have a few does that act like bucks when they are in heat. They hold their head low, stick out their tongues, grunt, and even mount each other.
  5. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I have a couple does that will "growl" and tongue flap when they are in heat....they'll also do it when another doe is in too :?
  6. GotmygoatMTJ

    GotmygoatMTJ New Member

    No. I dont think shes in heat. ;) Does will blubber like bucks if their in heat. If shes just sticking her tounge out, then shes not in heat.

    Well, if when she sticks her tounge out at the doeling, and the doeling turns are goes away, it could be a " :p get away from me before I hurt you". Maybe she was just being nice with the doeling by sending her a warning. :p