New Goats and manners

Discussion in 'Beginners Goat Raising' started by Frugal Que, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. Frugal Que

    Frugal Que New Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    We got our two goats! So excited! One is a Pygmy and one is a Nigerian. Both does. They are both four years old.

    We are urban farmers and our goats are in our backyard (with all our other animals).

    We are new to goat keeping but excited to do it. We were a bit surprised how big the goats were but it is ok. They were mainly tethered at their old home so I think that is why they are a bit large even though they are supposed to be dwarf goats. We are planning on taking them for long walks three times a week and hopefully that will expend some of their energy and make them more fit. They are very friendly and follow us everywhere. This will be the first weekend that we can really spend alot of time with them.

    The main problem so far is teaching them to not jump on us and not jumping on the kennel door in the morning so that we can let them out. They are also REALLY pushy when we have food in our hands.

    I have read a few topics on these things and in the three days that we have now had them, I have been really consistent with pushing them off me and sternly saying "Down!" Even when they look like they are about to jump up on me, I say it. So far, it seems to be working. It is still early for them though.

    The food issue is crazy though. I can barely get them their hay without feeling like I am in the middle of a stampede. We will try the water gun and see how that works.

    Overall though, I am really happy with our girls.

    I have to share a story though.

    The first night that we had them, the Pygmy starting baaaing when we put them in the kennel at night. It was constant. I was worried that she would baa all night and that it would disturb the neighbors. My husband wanted to go out there and comfort her and pet her to make her feel better and I was saying nooooo, if you comfort her or if she sees you, she will keep doing it because she knows you will respond. So we shut the lights off and closed the curtains and it was a battle of wills as my husband and I were deciding what to do about her. Fifteen minutes later, she shut up and went to bed. That was a LONG fifteen minutes.

    Now three days laters, they go to the kennel on their own and when we cut the lights out and close the curtains, they shut right up. I'm so glad I spent alot of time on this forum learning so much before we got these goats.
  2. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Congrats on the new goats..... :thumb:

    As for the jumping.... up... you can... either smack the nose and tell them down....or get a spray bottle and spray them...... goats are smart ...they will catch on and know... that isn't what you want them to do.....

    Don't give them treats.. while they are acting up and doing things you do not approve of.... remember ...reward them... when good and give nothing ...when bad.... again ...use a spray bottle with water or get a squirt gun... :wink:

    Goats with their treats... are hard to control though... they love those treats... :greengrin:

    New goats ..are not use to there new surroundings and will be noisy and unsure...for a while... sounds like... they are adjusting well........ :cool:
    Don't go out and comfort them are right...if you do...they will get worse they know... that they can get away with it and that is how ...they can get you to come out..... :p Turning the lights off was good...LOL :thumb: :greengrin:

  3. milk and honey

    milk and honey Senior Member

    Oct 30, 2010
    Everett, WA
    Congratulations!!! I've had my 2 Nigi does for 3 months now... and I absolutely love them to pieces... it's nice to hear about someone else who has their animals in their backyard like I do
    too! It sounds like you're doing all your homework.. and this is really a great place to get all the necessary info. My girls still will jump up on me once in a while, especially the younger one..
    and especially when I turn my back! but they are SO much fun! and they give so much in return.
    Are you planning on breeding them... or milking?
    Keep up the good work.. and keep posting about how it's going
    Thanks for the update!
    P.S. Black oil sunflower seeds make healthy and great treats.
  4. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Congrats on getting your girls!!
    2 Mini's are much easier to handle when it comes to feeding time than my 6 girls are! I have an armload of hay, making a run for the rack while I have 1 trying to trip me and another standing up on my hip to get a mouthful before I even go 6 feet!
    Try packing the hay rack full, 2 flakes for 2 mini's is plenty, if you pack it tight enough and they can't pull as much out at once, it will keep them occupied longer and if they know it's always there, they likely won't be as aggressive with wanting food. It also may be hard to break them of a habit they got away with in their previous home.
    Animal crackers, saltines, pretzels etc are great treats for rewarding good behavior...raisins too.

    Now....I think we need to meet your girls, picx please?
  5. milk and honey

    milk and honey Senior Member

    Oct 30, 2010
    Everett, WA
    YES!!! Get that camera out!! Cant wait to see the new girls.
  6. HoosierShadow

    HoosierShadow Senior Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Central Kentucky
    Feeding time is a frenzy I think with ANY goat, hehe. Mine surround me and escort me to the feeder, and I feel like I am in a stampede! If I wait too long my biggest doe will put her front feet on the feeder and look at me like 'come on lady I'm starving!!!!' While her younger sister will try to jump on me <We have boer/percentage does so they are big.
    I can barely get one cup in the feeder and they are all going to town trying to push each other out of the way to get's CRAZY. I finally get them settled, then I feed my herd queen seperate or she will butt everyone if she gets irritated.
    The buck is fed first though, he bounces on the fence as if it were a trampoline! He's like OMG FOOD! I"M STARVING! FOOD! I WANT SOME! I GOTTA HAVE SOME!!! OMG!!!!!! LOL
    When I take the buck hay the girls surround me and are like OMG HAY! is that any different? I wanna try some! Of course it's the same thing they get.... And they always have access to hay.
    So yep I understand the feeding frenzy....and I'd like to tell you that part gets better, but it doesn't. You just learn to make your routine/how to do things around them :)

    Oh...treats.... I have to literately put them in the feeder and then feed the shorter ones by hand, or if it's a nice sunny, dry day I will toss treats into the short grassy area so they aren't all over the fence, me, or butting each other <we have 6 does and a whether in one pen>. My herd queen will butt everyone away, so I try to keep them content.

    It sounds like your girls got adjusted to their new routine with sleep. We had the same issue when we brought our first two girls home. We didn't have a shelter built for them yet, so they slept in our mower shed with pallets as doors, and they were very noisy too. But then they got used to the routine. They are smart and adapt quickly :)

    Congrats on your new girls, and I hope you have lots of fun with them! We started our little herd this past spring and they have been soooo much fun! We've had some....days, hehe, but my girls are very good girls, and they are very much a part of our family, even my brat of a buck, hehe....

    And yep pictures would be Great!