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Goat Behavior after kidding

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Young Goats' started by Georgia Girl, May 30, 2019.

  1. May 30, 2019
    Georgia Girl

    Georgia Girl Overrun with beasties

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    I have 2 does that kidded about 4 weeks ago. I separated each during their labor and delivery and for about a week after. Since that time I have repeatedly tried to get the does and their babies back together and when I do the does head but each other and try to attack each others kids. One of the does has horns and this really makes things bad as I am worried she may do some damage with her horns. Am I just stuck now with both having to be kept in separate pens which would really be a hassle or will they adjust as their kids age? Or should i put babies who also fight in one pen and try letting the does out together.
     
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    B&B Happy goats

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    They all will work it out, i would let the two does out alone together for short spells, then let one family out, and about a hour later let the next family out with them....let the dehorned family out first.
     
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    Georgia Girl

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    Thanks, my main concern is that one of my does has horns and the other doesn't. The one with the horns goes primarily after the other does utter. Guess I will get out the foam tubes. Thanks again for your help.
     
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    They are just being protective mothers, they will get over is in a few weeks, letting the de horned goat and kid out first will let them " claim " a area....the horned goat will find her own for her and her kids...in no time they will hang together and be a happy herd :thumbsup
     
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