Found a goat with her head stuck in a fence today....

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Jolyn, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    I took the long way to my sons school today and i passed a friends property. They recently got two goats and i saw one kind of standing in a funny position. Being the busy body i am i turned around and went to inspect. Sure enough she had her head stuck in a fence. It was a wire fencing that has kind of square slots in the wire. Does that make sense? Any other part of the fence she would have been fine but the rebarb post was making the square smaller. She was trying to get out and making a horrible bleating noise. When she saw me she looked relieved. I tried to help her get out but there just wasn't enough space. Her horns were getting caught and if you pushed down to get the horns out the wire cut into her throat.

    I ended up going to the place they got the goats from...told him what was going on and he gave me some wire cutters. He wasn't really wanting to but since i knew the family he let me. He kept telling me it will get free on it's own. I just couldn't see how she would.

    I went back let the little girl go.....by the way she had been stuck for over an hour.....well i know she was stuck for an hour not sure how long before that.

    When i took the wire cutters back the guy told me "Well when that happens you should leave them like that for awhile....that way they won't do it again".....She had been stuck awhile already.

    Then i started feeling badly thinking i shouldn't have cut my friends fence......

    Anyway my friend finally called me and told me she was happy i had gotten the goat free.

    What would you have wanted done if your goat was caught like that? Would you be ticked if your fence was cut to get your goat out? Would you have wanted to try to get her out yourself first?

    Thanks for listening to me ramble!
     
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  2. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    Oregono
    I would've cut the fence, then helped repair it-just me [​IMG]
     
  3. bUg_Farm

    bUg_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you did a great thing.

    If my friend saw one of my animals in distress I would want them to help. A simple cut in the fence can be repaired.

    As an aside - a good friend would then give the complimentary lecture about proper fencing so the goat doesn't get their head stuck [​IMG]
     
  4. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Quote:And we will too.

    Thanks for your response!!!
     
  5. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Quote:Thank you!!
    Their fencing is very nice ....of course she would find this one spot that she could get stuck in!!! Maybe if they just move the poles in that spot and i'll even show her the problem when they get home.
     
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  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I would have done the same thing. Poor little girl.
     
  7. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    You did right. I've read more than one horror story about a stuck goat being attacked by dogs. I walked out a couple of days ago to find one of my Nigie bucks with his head stuck. He's done it before and managed to get loose while I was running around looking for a hammer and some rope. This time, he was being man-raped by my LaMancha buck and I really thought he was about to have a broken neck. The hammer and rope are now by the door. BTW, hammer and rope works great on combo/cattle panels. Tie the rope in a loop around the wire on the top of the neck and the wire above that, then stick the hammer through the loop and start twisting it to tighten the loop. The wires will bend allowing the goat to slip his head free.
     
  8. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    Sounds like you did a very good thing for a very baaaaaaad goat [​IMG]
     
  9. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Quote:Oh Lord i never even thought about a dog getting her..... I'm happy that didn't happen.

    Your poor buck....i hope he recouped from that LaMancha attack!!!

    We are planning on getting goats ourselves in the spring....so that rope and hammer trick will be helpful. Thanks!
     
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  10. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    Yea I would have done the same thing.

    Because another goat might think humm mabey I should "ram" this goat. lol yea goats arent friendly lol thats what I caught my guys doing when pebbles got her head stuck in the fence.
     

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