Grunting goat

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by dragonfly farms, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. dragonfly farms

    dragonfly farms New Member

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    Oct 4, 2008
    Pfafftown, NC
    One of my yearlings has always been on the round side, and I have noticed in the past few weeks that she is grunting all the time. She used to only do it when she would come running full speed at me to say hi. Now she does it while she is eating, when i am petting her, when she is walking, basically all the time. She is the same weight as her sister, just a different shape. She looks like a pregnant goat, I am 100% certain she is not since she has never even laid eyes on my buck. I have tried treated her for bloat following with a dose of probios. I have re-wormed her (we use injectable Dectomax per my vets recommendation). I have checked her lids and they are a nice pinky color, i have also checked her droppings and do not see any big worms. Her sides are smushy and not hard like a full belly would be. I dont know if there is something else I should try or if maybe its just time for a diet. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    I would try and trim her out a bit, but also do you keep out baking soda and minerals?? Just a thought
     

  3. dragonfly farms

    dragonfly farms New Member

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    Oct 4, 2008
    Pfafftown, NC
    Everyone has access to minerals, free range hay, forage and get fed 1 cup of food once a day.
     
  4. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    my old boer wether would grunt and moan when he laid down ever since he was a baby... it was just a thing he did.. nothing ever wrong with him
     
  5. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    She looks really healthy to me. Sounds like she's well taken care of. Maybe that's just how she is. I have one that's kinda round like that even before she eats, but she's very healthy and happy.
     
  6. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    One of my girls does the same thing...she doesn't grunt loudly...it's kind of a soft, higher-pitched moaning sound...lol. She seems to do it the most when she's eating hay. In fact, I have never heard her do it while eating grain. She has never appeared to be uncomfortable or unhealthy...I think it's just a habit. Kind of like people who stick their tongue out while using scissors...lol. She is rather round compared to the other goats, as well.
     
  7. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    Yep I have grunters here too. Its mostly when they get an armload of fresh hay, then they lay around grunting like happy pigs.
     
  8. dragonfly farms

    dragonfly farms New Member

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    Oct 4, 2008
    Pfafftown, NC
    well this is all making me feel much less nervous! I feel kinda bad for putting her thru all that stuff to determine what it was! She grunts and makes a small whiney sound, and i guess that is just her way of letting us know that she is fat and happy! (and that it is time for a diet!)