sheering or shaving and bathing a goat when can it be done?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by faintfarm, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. faintfarm

    faintfarm New Member

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    Aug 19, 2009
    my goats are way too hot their temp is like 107. what time of year can i shave my goats or even bath them to cool them down? i have a fainter and not sure what the other two are but one is prego and she has been acting like she's in labor for weeks now. it is almost 90 here today....
     

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  2. nutmegfarm

    nutmegfarm New Member

    543
    Dec 22, 2009
    NE Ohio
    Re: sheering or shaving and bathing a goat when can it be do

    Where are you at? 107 is way too high for a temp...I bathe and clip in 70ish degree weather...usually in early May. 90 should be fine to clip in, just make sure its going to be somewhat consistant weather. Is that a Pygmy? I was always told that you shouldn't clip them, but I'm no expert on them.
     

  3. faintfarm

    faintfarm New Member

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    Aug 19, 2009
    Re: sheering or shaving and bathing a goat when can it be do

    my pyg. isn't the one i'm worried about its my fainter what about triming pyg's hair or maybe just shave there bellies? bty i'm in the south part of west virginia
     
  4. nutmegfarm

    nutmegfarm New Member

    543
    Dec 22, 2009
    NE Ohio
    Re: sheering or shaving and bathing a goat when can it be do

    Then yes you should be O.K. clipping. If it does for some reason get chilly (but that weather sounds awesome), you can always put a tee-shirt on them and they should be fine. :thumb: You can clip however you feel comfortable, just the belly, just the body, or the entire goat...it's up to you :)
     
  5. 7acreranch

    7acreranch New Member

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    Mar 8, 2010
    Eastern OK
    Re: sheering or shaving and bathing a goat when can it be do

    Ok I need to ask something I heard. Some one told me they never clip we are in OK and the reason for not clipping is they have have goats get bad sunburn
     
  6. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Re: sheering or shaving and bathing a goat when can it be do

    I've only ever shaved my black pygmy buck once...but I didn't go too close, I left enough hair on him to help protect his skin.
     
  7. WalnutGroveFarm

    WalnutGroveFarm Senior Member

    Sep 27, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Re: sheering or shaving and bathing a goat when can it be do

    I clip for shows and they can get sunburned. So what I do is after I clip them I put sunblock on them. Its worked for me, but im a newbie at this to.
     
  8. 4kids

    4kids New Member

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    Jul 21, 2009
    Re: sheering or shaving and bathing a goat when can it be do

    Do most people clip their Nigerians too? I live in Ct and although the weather is nice right now I was planning to wait until the end of May to clip.
     
  9. myfainters

    myfainters New Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Lancaster, CA
    Re: sheering or shaving and bathing a goat when can it be do

    I've never, ever clipped my fainters or my mini silkies..... we get up to 113 deg. here.... if your goats temps are 107.. then they need to be at a vet because they are very, very sick. Do they have runny noses, wheezing? Labored breathing?
     
  10. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    Re: sheering or shaving and bathing a goat when can it be do

    I'd give them acces to cool shade and tons of cold water to cool them off 107 is like fatal.
     
  11. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    Re: sheering or shaving and bathing a goat when can it be do

    agree a temp of 107 can be fatal -- I would check their temps again with a different thermometer yours might be bad. Remember you take goats temps rectally. Normal temp is 101-103

    You can clip any goat. Typically for show though you dont clip pygmies but that doesnt mean you cant clip pets.

    You can bath them to cool them off. The reason they are so hot is they still have their winter under coat.

    4kids -- yes nigerians are clipped for show so you can clip yours but if you plan to show be sure to clip no more then 1 week before the show or their hair will have grown out by the time for the show - it wont look like it but against the other goats you will notice.