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4 month old myotonic behavior

Discussion in 'Behaviors & Handling Techniques - Goats' started by HomesteadingGirl, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Dec 5, 2017
    HomesteadingGirl

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    We've never had a goat before so we're looking for some advice. We got our 4 month old doe about 5 days ago. She was still with Mom and nursing when we got her. We got her home in the first night we ended up sleeping in the barn with her in 20 degree weather. We've been doing good with sticking to a routine but have spent everyday outside working on the yard since we've had her. Yesterday I went back to working a full day and didn't have time to spend with her yesterday. My husband had spent a lot of time with her but I hadn't seen her for about 36 hours. Today I got her out and she was rubbing her head on me and pawing at me. She was very insistent and would not stop no matter what I did. She would paw and rub her head and start chewing on my clothes. I'm not sure if she's trying to play, showing dominance, or what to think. I'll be super grateful for any advice on how to change I'll be super grateful for any advice. She won't eat unless we're out there with her but she is doing good sleeping out there by herself now. We were trying to free-range her, but she finds any and every way to get out of the fence. The only place she goes when she leaves the fence is to one of the doors to come in the house.
     
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    Sara Ranch

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    Do you have any other animals that would/could spend time with her?

    Do you have plans to get more goats (even one more goat)?
     
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    HomesteadingGirl

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    All we have right now is ducks, cats, and dogs. We do plan on getting more goats but were going to try and wait till spring.
     
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    Sara Ranch

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    If this was my situation, I would try to get another goat immediately.

    She's lonely - and seeks you/DH out for companionship.

    My ducks and my dogs will visit the other species of animals here, but are not into spending time with them. I don't have any cats here.
     
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    Southern by choice

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    Her behavior is affectionate and social... not trying to show dominance.
    She needs a companion immediately... which will be hard as two goats not knowing each other will butt heads usually and take a bit to bond.

    I have to say it.
    Where ever you got her from... they are absolutely irresponsible breeders. Not having separated the kid from mom and then taking her from mom and selling her as an only goat ... ridiculous.