Scared goats

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by Dwarf Dad, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. Dwarf Dad

    Dwarf Dad Well-Known Member

    Funny problem here. My herdqueen, Bonne, will run the younger goats out of the barn. Sinatra, the oldest, bighest wether will see all of the younger ones running and spook. When Sinatra spooks, Bonne spooks and all of the goats are running real fast away from the barn.
    When the goats decide to go back to the barn, no door open 24 hours, they sneak back slowly across the yard with Sinatra in the lead. They move ahead about five or ten feet at a time, stopping for a minute or two at each advance, until Sinatra gets in the barn. If anything happens, like dog or cat run across yard, they all run away from the barn again. They will wait a couple of minutes and start the procedure over again. When they do finally make it to the barn, hurry get water, hit minerals or eat some hay, before Bonne runs them all out again.
    This is very entertaining though I would rather she wouldn't chase them out. Any ideas?
     
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  2. HoosierShadow

    HoosierShadow Senior Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Central Kentucky
    Oh wow, I'm really not sure what to say! silly goats! We don't usually have problems except in late summer. There is a walnut tree on the fenceline next to the backside of the barn and when the walnuts fall and hit the metal roof it freaks them out. I usually don't worry much since it's warm weather so if they choose to sleep outside they'll be fine. But... with hay and minerals being inside ideally I would want them to be inside and not be scared.

    Hopefully others have some ideas you can try. Ours usually settle down and go inside, especially this last fall since it's been so wet and yucky.
     

  3. Dwarf Dad

    Dwarf Dad Well-Known Member

    This is constantly going on, unless they forget about it and go eat somewhere. It is funny to watch.
    Warm here now 62*F. High seventies next week
     
  4. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    You could separate the bully.
     
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  5. MadCatX

    MadCatX Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2018
    GA
    lol..some of dem crazy southern goats
     
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  6. Damfino

    Damfino Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    Right behind you
    That is really funny!
     
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  7. SonRise Acres

    SonRise Acres Active Member

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    Apr 23, 2018
    I don’t know if it’s a fixable issue, but the picture in my head right now has me laughing.
     
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  8. MadCatX

    MadCatX Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2018
    GA
  9. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    :haha:

    Maybe feed them in the area they are afraid of.
    That is if there is nothing there, that is actually spooking them.
    Anything new, even a plastic bag makes them snort or go and slowly investigate.
     
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  10. lottsagoats1

    lottsagoats1 Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Middle Maine
    Mine are afraid of me when I wear a hat. I never do unless it is bitterly cold to the extreme. They see me in a hat and snort, run away and will not come anywhere near me until I take the hat off.
     
  11. Dwarf Dad

    Dwarf Dad Well-Known Member

    That is the feeding area, that is what is so strange.
     
  12. Dwarf Dad

    Dwarf Dad Well-Known Member

    That is funny, at Easter try some bunny ears.
     
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  13. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Maybe a rat or some critter in there?
    Anything new in there at all?
     
  14. Dwarf Dad

    Dwarf Dad Well-Known Member

    It is hilarious! I can't get a video with my phone through the kitchen window because it is too far away. I don't have a video camera, or I would video it for y'all.
     
  15. elvis&oliver

    elvis&oliver Well-Known Member

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    Jun 27, 2018
    Pa
    Oh my....that’s hysterical! Not sure how you can fix it but thanks for the good laugh. Hope you can figure it out I’m sure the younger goats will get a little braver the older they get? And call her bluff
     
  16. elvis&oliver

    elvis&oliver Well-Known Member

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    Jun 27, 2018
    Pa
    Is there anyway to provide some hay and water outside as well maybe? So they don’t have to go in the barn each time?
     
  17. Dwarf Dad

    Dwarf Dad Well-Known Member

    I had thought about that. I might revive their old tarp tent over a round bale out in the yard