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What strategy for dealing with a bullying goat

 
Henry Fisher
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Hi. We were recently given a goat by an old lady who couldn't manage her any more. She's been giving milk daily for three years since she had her last kid. The old lady had her husband help her do the milking and they played music to keep her calm. She was an only goat, with only a dog and cat for company.

Knowing that she probably wanted a goat friend we found one. The new goat was one of three, but the old lady owner said she was being bullied and needed a new home. She was also very thin and maybe wasn't getting enough food.

Generally the first goat has been much calmer since the second one arrived, but she's much bigger than her new friend and bullies her. I've seen her tossing the smaller goat right into the air and onto her back.

I've built a second pen, and I sometimes put the new goat in there, but she loves her bully...! It's also been -15C for the last week .

I try not to do anything to undermine the dominant status of the first goat.

We were told the small goat is pregnant so we're concerned about what might happen if there's a kid.

Any advice?

Thanks
 
Tracy Kuykendall
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See goats and extension cords thread. I don't deal with bothersome animals there to many other things to do.
 
Chadwick Holmes
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Yeah, a lot of folks will cull her......is she still milking? That's a long time to milk with no rest, I would bet if you gave a break she would do better.

How did you intrude them, did you keep them in seperate pens with a shared fence for a few day or just toss them in together right away?

There will always be dominance and hierarchy to be found but that seems execssive....are they different breeds. Believe it or not I have seen many times that goats are racist....
 
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