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Poor babies! :(

Lots of patience and treats, they will come around.
If you can spare the time, sit with them...my three kids had minimum handling from the breeder. They were all wild and crazy at first...just sitting in the pen with them and offering treats when they came near worked for me. I didn't approach them or try to grab at them at all, I think that makes them even more freaked out.

It took a while, but now I have three lap goats.
Good luck with your girls. :)
 

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Glad they are getting out to explore...sounds like you have your eye on them :D
 

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Hey all -- update! I think they watched me feed the chickens, now they are settled into the chick pen in front of the coop, and they let me feed them alfalfa cubes thru the wire (they wouldnt eat it directly from me, but I crumbled a couple up and put it thru the chicken/ ag wire and they didnt run away)-- then I covered up the pen with a tarp (cause it looks like rain, but now the hens are scared and stayed away all day usu they come back in to lay their eggs.... )the pen is also the entrance to their coop, it must have felt safe to the doelings... they dont seem to be eating much -- I did catch them nibbling a little hay too....

Yes on the friendly goat idea-- I was just thinking of emailing the breeder we are on the wait list for a mini Nubian in the spring, maybe she has something suitable....(?)...
Great ideas!

(I fixed the puppy hole into the chicken yard, in fact I may have over fortified in general, not sure big Roo can squeeze back in, he cant fly--some of the hens can get enough Flapping to make it over the fence, but in general, Jersey Giants dont really fly....)...
 

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Thanks for all the support you guys I really appreciate it...
-- I was making dinner and looked out to see that my daughter had (unintentially) cornered the doelings under our porch, but instead of running away they folded themselves up into little balls and were accepting straws of hay from her and eating from her hand! (The one that was so frightened after being chased by me was especially hungry)-- I poured out about a half cup (just a smidge ) of that sweet naturals goat chow-- and WOW they may have never seen it before but they sure loved it..
After me chasing them they are a whole lot more comfortable with my daughter than me, but thats ok, as long as they warm up to somebody!
 

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sounds like it wont take long before they are settle in for you..good job!!
 

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Don't let them pig out on any kind of grain or concentrate feed, even if it's labeled for goats. A little at a time and make sure they have hay or alfalfa cubes with it.
Scratch the chicken scratch off their list please. It will kill them and it's better that they don't even know it exists. You don't want to read about how I know that to be true.
Sounds like you're having some success. Keep at it!
 

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Don't let them pig out on any kind of grain or concentrate feed, even if it's labeled for goats. A little at a time and make sure they have hay or alfalfa cubes with it.
Scratch the chicken scratch off their list please. It will kill them and it's better that they don't even know it exists. You don't want to read about how I know that to be true.
Sounds like you're having some success. Keep at it!
Thanx!
We actually have been undefeeding them (started out at 1/2 cup to maybe now 2cups a day of the goat chow) and they have hay, cubes and browse free fed--
Just put out a bucket of softened alfalfa cubes out for them (Man were they disappointed, but they are nibbling at them-- they of course prefer the sweet chow)....
Quick query should I mix alittle baking soda into the next cup of goat chow just to be sure their tummies are ok? and also I want to switch minerals (I will post a new thread on that I need a quickish answer)....
 

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I would just leave the baking soda out free choice...they will nibble on it if they need it..its always a good idea to do the same with loose minerals...we have a hanging feeder that has two sections..it makes it easy to have both sitting out...I give just enough for daily consumption sonce we live in a humid area.....Mold can cause a whole truck load of trouble..so best to avoid it : )
 

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Honestly though, Happybleats, I am kinda worried about having started them on goat chow this week, would it hurt if I put a tablespoon of baking soda into their next snack of feed, as a preventative?....
Like, how do they know to eat it if they get upset tummy? Just curious really I need this info!!!
 
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