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Behavioral Problems With Goat Care

Apart from familiarizing yourself with the common diseases, goat care involves other problems, which are often difficult to handle. In particular, this is the case for novice herd owners (or owners who keep animals for leisure purposes) and their goats that have behavioral problems.

While by nature goats are not aggressive, many of them (does and bucks alike) acquire behavioral problems, which have to be addressed. Here is a haphazard list. There are standard procedures for some problems; the remainder just has suggested solutions.

Problems With Bucks

Avoid playing with buck kids, otherwise, they will carry on doing this as adults, which can lead to injuries. In addition, make sure that buck kids are dehorned. Bucks are often more aggressive when they have horns.

Here is a story. A buck may not butt you anymore if you squirt it in-between the eyes with a water gun, whilst saying “No” loudly.

Reduce odors from bucks by descending them. You can do this while they are dehorned. (Normally, this is carried out once the buck is fourteen days old).

Does Fighting

Based on specific behavior, certain does appear more prone to fight than others. Pregnant does aside, the most severe wounds are bruised heads and a little bleeding. (This can cause infection if left untreated).

Trouble With Milking

Specific does have their own way of indicating that they dislike milking. Get a milk stand to use, prior to her initial freshening. (This can be used for trimming hoofs, worming and additional activities).

While they are young, regularly feel their udders. Ideally, they will become accustomed to it until they are producing milk.

Get the does used to a routine of activities that feature washing, drying and feed presentations. By doing this, you will train them to remain still while you are milking them.

Sometimes, a doe will kick you. Some of them prefer to be milked by men. Others dislike being milked by people they do not know.

You can trick some does into getting milked, by getting a kid of theirs to work on a different teat, while you work on another.

Aggression Incidents

Certain does just do the unfathomable: they turn on their own babies. They butt them hard, particularly when the kid attempts to nurse. Typically, they attack their first born, then allow the others to nurse freely.

To address this, you could try separating the kid; however, allow it to nurse off her (numerous times per day) while she’s being restrained. You might need to carry on doing this until weaning.

Alternatively, you could try feeding the kid yourself, raising him with a bottle. (When it comes to milking, fill a bottle up for the kid to drink. Feed it immediately, to prevent heating the bottle up).

Other advice includes rubbing the favored kid’s birthing fluids over the one that was rejected, to bewilder her. Some owners have experienced occasional success using this method. Now and then, she will welcome the kid back after a while.


Certain Nubians will assume that you are there to feed them, so they will indicate their impatience by making a lot of noise. To stop this, you could try showing up in the stable, without giving them food. This will end the association in their minds. All goats have their own specific care requirements. You just have to be patient enough to handle them. Occasionally, you will be fortunate.

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