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We have a four month old wethered pygmy mix and just got a wethered nigerian dwarf recently weaned.  Our pygmy has horns, the nigerian does not.  Our pygmy is not a very gracious host and is jabbing the little one in an aggressive way.  Any tips on  improving the situation? 


Thank you for any help anyone can offer!

Rhonda


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Mom to 6 human children, 2 wethers; 1 dwarf nigerian and 1 pygmy, 19 hens, 7 roosters, 1 sheltie, 4 cats, 2 fish, 1 turtle, 1 pekin duck,
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With the age difference they are going to have a pecking order fight to see who is boss. As long as it dont get to bad I would let them duck it out for a while and then give the little guy some time to recoop. I would also before that have the little 1 in a pen where the other 1 can see him and that way they can get used to each other.
This is what goats do when a new 1 comes into the herd, it sounds normal but if the older 1 gets too agressive it can hurt the younger baby. Sometimes it last a new hrs and sometimes it never stops. Hope this helps some...

* And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens. * Proverbs 27:26-27
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* And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens. * Proverbs 27:26-27
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post #3 of 8
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Thank you for that info!  Phinehas, the pygmy, is going to get balls on his horns today and we'll let them spend some time together.  Right now they are where they can see each other but not in the same pen.  Thanks again!

Rhonda

Mom to 6 human children, 2 wethers; 1 dwarf nigerian and 1 pygmy, 19 hens, 7 roosters, 1 sheltie, 4 cats, 2 fish, 1 turtle, 1 pekin duck,
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post #4 of 8

Tennis balls :-) drill a hole in them, apply glue to horns and stick em on. Looks silly but other goat will be safe

Mom to 5, married forever, 23 chickens, 3 ducks, 1 aussie mix, 1 basset hound, 1 turtle, 2 parrots, 14 nigerian goats and finally one pot belly pig named Wilbur the cause of the animal moratorium at the barn,... By the way, I'm really not that into animals :-)

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Mom to 5, married forever, 23 chickens, 3 ducks, 1 aussie mix, 1 basset hound, 1 turtle, 2 parrots, 14 nigerian goats and finally one pot belly pig named Wilbur the cause of the animal moratorium at the barn,... By the way, I'm really not that into animals :-)

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Originally Posted by hearthnsoul 

Tennis balls :-) drill a hole in them, apply glue to horns and stick em on. Looks silly but other goat will be safe


Now that's an idea I'm going to remember.  Safe and entertaining.

Great suggestion!

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The balls are about to go on!

Mom to 6 human children, 2 wethers; 1 dwarf nigerian and 1 pygmy, 19 hens, 7 roosters, 1 sheltie, 4 cats, 2 fish, 1 turtle, 1 pekin duck,
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post #7 of 8

you can also create an escape for the nigi.  I use dog kennels and cut livestock panels to fit.  Cut out a hole just big enough for the littlest one to climb through.  I do this with the kids when I introduce them to the herd.

Country girl.  Mom to 4 horses, 23 Nigerian dwarf goats (more coming soon), 8 hens,   dogs, cats, 5 grandkids and DH.
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Country girl.  Mom to 4 horses, 23 Nigerian dwarf goats (more coming soon), 8 hens,   dogs, cats, 5 grandkids and DH.
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post #8 of 8
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Great idea calgal, thank you. 

Rhonda

Mom to 6 human children, 2 wethers; 1 dwarf nigerian and 1 pygmy, 19 hens, 7 roosters, 1 sheltie, 4 cats, 2 fish, 1 turtle, 1 pekin duck,
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