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We brought home 3 NDG’s last night, they are 9 weeks old. One wether was a bottle baby and is extremely friendly, loves people. The doeling is slowly coming around, and ate her grain this morning. Her brother however, a wether....is so so scared that he won’t eat or drink, just lays huddled in a corner. If we touch him, he tries to go further into the corner. I feel terrible for him. Is this normal? Anything we can do to help? I’m worried about him not eating or drinking.
 

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That's not normal and I'd be worried about him too. Since he's with his sister and a friend, he should be calm enough to eat with them. Does he only run to the corner when you come in, or does it look like he's staying in the corner all the time? If he's staying in the corner all the time then I suspect he may be sick and you'll need to take his temperature. It should be around 101-103. If he's sick you'll need to call a vet.

These kids are a bit young to be weaned already. If this kid was with his mom he is used to having a lot of milk in his diet. Sudden changes can be hard on a young goats' digestion.
 

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I hope he isn't sick, but just needing time to adjust. I had the same situation, where brother and sister were dam raised and I got them at 10 weeks old. They were very terribly scared of people, but were ok with the other kid I got at the same time. Like @Damfino says, watch what he does when you are not as close by. Is he eating hay?
 

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That's not normal and I'd be worried about him too. Since he's with his sister and a friend, he should be calm enough to eat with them. Does he only run to the corner when you come in, or does it look like he's staying in the corner all the time? If he's staying in the corner all the time then I suspect he may be sick and you'll need to take his temperature. It should be around 101-103. If he's sick you'll need to call a vet.

These kids are a bit young to be weaned already. If this kid was with his mom he is used to having a lot of milk in his diet. Sudden changes can be hard on a young goats' digestion.
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I think he's scared of us! I looked outside and he's out there with his sister and cousin checking everything out and testing out the hay. Will keep a close eye on him. As soon as I go out, he runs away.
 

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I agree.. in the least, get his temperature.
 

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I think he's scared of us! I looked outside and he's out there with his sister and cousin checking everything out and testing out the hay. Will keep a close eye on him. As soon as I go out, he runs away.
I'm glad to hear he's behaving normally when you're not around. This points to fear of people rather than sickness. If you can't catch him to get a temp that's a great sign! There's a quote from James Herriot about the vet's "familiar sight of his patient disappearing over the horizon" and "if the vet can't catch his patient it's a good sign there's nothing too far wrong with the animal." Something along those lines. ;)

It's too bad these little goats weren't better socialized. I feel bad for them being sent to a new home when they're terrified of people. You'll have to spend some time sitting with them in a small area so they get used to you. My first goat came to me wild and I had to put a catch rope on him so I could get near him. I spent time holding him in my lap every day and he would tremble in terror, but I'd sing and pet him and talk to him for a good half hour or more at a time before letting him go. He warmed up to me very quickly and within a few days I was able to remove the catch rope. Soon he was following me all over the place and was friendly with everyone. It just takes time and patience. Good luck! And if you even suspect that this one goat is sick, call a vet or someone you know who is experienced with goats to come have a look.
 

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Oh good, I am glad he is not acting sick when you are at a distance!
My two wild ones also warmed up over time. They had other goats, so they followed them around rather than me, but they both turned out sweet and tame. The shiest one even let a complete stranger kiss her the other day (she is 2 years old now).
Just be patient, love them, and soon he too will love you back! Especially if treats are involved!
 
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