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Question about Wethers

Discussion in 'Behaviors & Handling Techniques - Goats' started by rowegirl, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Aug 8, 2017
    rowegirl

    rowegirl Chillin' with the herd

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    Now I am worried! So far he hasn't tried to mount the doe but do I need to separate them? Or does it look like he's been wethered?:eek:
     
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    lalabugs

    lalabugs Loving the herd life

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    I personally have not used burdizzo from my understanding if they are clamped correctly they will shrivel up and have a much smaller sack. Your boy has a small sack for an almost 5 month old.

    Fiascofarms.com is a really good website with a lot of goat information. :)

    @Ginger's Goats Burdizzo is clamping the testie cords.

    Just so you know wethers will mount does if they're in heat. They just can't do anything. :) How long have you had him? He could have been housed with bucks before you got him. Could always give him a bath.
     
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    rowegirl

    rowegirl Chillin' with the herd

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    I've had him for about 4 weeks now.
    Thanks for letting me know that about wethers mounting does! That would have scared me! Lol
     
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    babsbag

    babsbag Herd Master

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    Could you band him just to be sure? I just banded some 5 month old mini Alpines so it is definitely doable.
     
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    rowegirl

    rowegirl Chillin' with the herd

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    @babsbag I have never done that before but I will definitely consider it!
     
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    Goat Whisperer

    Goat Whisperer Herd Master

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    No it's not.
    There are several different methods to castrate a buckling. Each method is different, banding takes time where if they are cut everything is removed right away.

    @rowegirl do you have side and front pics of your boy? His sack looks very small for a goat that age so that would make me think he is a wether. Is he peeing on himself? He looks pretty darn clean to be an intact buck.

    My first thought is that your guy was kept with the breeder's bucks- the smell would definitely "cling" onto your boy.

    I'd just bathe him and see if that does the trick.
     
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    rowegirl

    rowegirl Chillin' with the herd

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    He is a lot cleaner now that I've had him. I've never seen him pee on himself like I have seen bucks do. I will give him a bath and see if that takes away the smell. Thank all of you so much!
     

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    Ginger's Goats

    Ginger's Goats Exploring the pasture

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    Oh, My bad. I usually assume their banded. Continue :)