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danger to a new born kid?

Discussion in 'Everything Else Goats' started by newton the goat, Jan 6, 2017.

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    newton the goat

    newton the goat Loving the herd life

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    This is our first time ever having goats... we have one doe ( newton) and one billy (rosco) . Our little girl is close to kidding, only a few weeks away we are guessing, but we are nervous about our Billy. He is frequently in and out of rut quite regularly not to mention his overly rough attitude, he likes to play but can be pretty rough. We fear that he may endanger the new kid.. what should we do? Is he potentially a danger?
     
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    Hi and welcome. You should separate them before she kids. Bucks are not always gentle enough (often that is a major understatement) to be trusted with kids. He could really cause some damage.
     
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    Thanks, and we will try to do that. Don't want to take any chances, the only problem is newton gets extremely lonely and will go into a depression ( reason why we got rosco in the first place). We are looking into getting a couple ewes that are giving birth around the same time... is that safe to do?
     
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    That I have no idea about. I only have goats. Can you get another doe goat? Did you intentionally breed these two or are they pets?
     
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    The breeding was not 100% intentional (actually my dad just bought a random goat who was healthy from the auction, just our luck he was a full male) but we've decided to see it through to the end newton's a pet rosco is ... well the nicest way I can explain is he's a pain in the butt ( literally, several bruises to prove it) but he isn't violent just too rough in his play. (Trying to calm him down)
     
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    Well you could have a vet wether him and after 4-6 weeks he would be more of a pet and friend to her. Doesn't help immediately but would in the long run.

    If you put them on opposite sides of a fence and they could see each other maybe she'd be OK?
     
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    One last inquiry ... newton's stomach went from slightly larger than usual to massive in just 2 weeks is that normal... we will get her checked out if it isnt... this is also her first pregnancy so is that potentially a factor?
     
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    That'll notify them to look here. It's like summoning the experts lol!
     
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