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Too late to be socialized? My new 3 year old angoras act more like skittish sheep!

Discussion in 'Behaviors & Handling Techniques - Goats' started by Bekkidotes, May 10, 2017.

  1. May 10, 2017
    Bekkidotes

    Bekkidotes Chillin' with the herd

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    My other half and I recently got two 3 year old Angora goats. We were told they were "standoffish" but were surprised to see they won't even eat grain or treats out of our hands when we catch them for routine care and hold out the grain right to their mouths, and they consistently stay on the farthest side of the pasture from us as possible. We separated them from our pet Nigerian Dwarfs and Mini Boer because they were being a bad influence and teaching them to run from and stay far away from humans! They don't care if we have grain or treats, they just want to be as far away as possible from us at all times. I want them to like me, so I was planning on trying some old tricks like shutting them in a small pen with me while I read and see what happens. But, I've also been told Angoras are naturally standoffish and not pet material, and I'm concerned about their age making them a lost cause. I'm going to try because you never know, but do you guys have any thoughts or advice? Am I wasting my energy?
     
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    Southern by choice

    Southern by choice Herd Master

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    Honestly you won't know til you try. Angoras are more like sheep than goats.
    Some animals come around and others never do despite the best attempts!
     
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  3. May 11, 2017
    Bekkidotes

    Bekkidotes Chillin' with the herd

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    Thanks! My boyfriend and I have put them back up for sale but in the meantime I'm going to start working on making them less afraid of humans. I bet it will take some time for them to all bc they are such a niche animal here, and I know if I can succeed it will make their lives much better and give them better prospects!
     
  4. May 14, 2017
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    I have a couple of boer does that are not particularly tame. After about 2 years, they will both walk straight up to me if I am out and will eat from my hand. They prefer to eat from my hand if I am outside the fence, but they will still approach me if I am not. One,I can pet a few times on the side of the neck, the other I can't. I stay calm and just do what I have to, but I respect that they are just scared. Because I can't catch the one that needs more care, her hooves grow so fast they need trimming nearly every month, I am moving her on with full disclosure. I feel bad selling her just because she isn't tame, but my kids are moving out and on to other things and I need to be able to do maintenance by myself on nearly everyone if possible.