New goat

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by packinaglock, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. packinaglock

    packinaglock Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I just got a nubian goat about a week ago, I was told she is pregnant. She seems scared of me, runs when I get close. Is this normal? How long does this period last?
  2. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    My Nubians are the friendliest. I have found those that are afraid stay shy. Sorry!
  3. nubies are normally very friendly, if she is scared of you its probably cause someone in her past gave her a reason to fear humans. It will take some time for her to get over it. Spend time with her EVERY day even if it is only a few minutes. Talk softly to her and offer her treats every time you go in her pen. This will help. We have a rescued toggenburg that was this way. It took her alittle over two months to let us pet and love her without her freaking out.She still shakes like a leaf if someone comes around she does not know.

    If this is the only goat you have you should look into getting her a friend even if she is bred. They are herd animals and a freind would also help reduce her stress as well. Hope this helps
  4. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    Everything is new, you are new and your place is new. I got two young ones that my family had visited since they were 3 days old and they still went through an adjustment period when they came to our house when they were ready to leave their mom.

    Give her time.

    As for being pregnant. I am not good at that.
  5. packinaglock

    packinaglock Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I have gotten her to the point where she will come up to me if im on the other side of the fence and she will lick my hand. That is some progress
  6. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    I think that is great progress. She will come around. Sometimes these animals have a way of teaching us patience.

    I know I have had some that I really want to give up on, but when you dno't and it works out in the end, what a great fealing.
  7. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    Lots and lots of patience ...she is scared and dont know where her friends went or what is going on...yes she needs a friend as she will do better and if the friend is very friendly she will soon warm up to you. Some just stay shy and some dont. 1 week ...I have some that have had a while and they are still a little standoffish...yep it does take time....soft voice and slow movements.
    It will be worth it later...
  8. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Most goats will come around and become wonderful, under your feet, little buggers in no time. It may take weeks or even a month or longer to win her heart; don't give up. During this time never chase her or corner her when trying to pet her. Just sit near her and talk to her or go about your business in a calm, slow fashion. If you have treats for her that can often bring around a goat even faster as they usually love food. If she's already coming to the fence and licking you then you should be able to easily make her your best friend. Just take it slow and easy.

    She really does need another goat friend. They are such social animals that they can have health and 'mental' issues without that interaction.

    Your picture is too small to get any idea on whether she's preggers or not. You need to take a close up from the top (looking down on her) and one from directly behind her. That will give us a better idea. Do you have any idea on when she was supposedly bred? You will most certainly want to have some idea as having kids in the winter (if you live in a cold area) can be deadly for the kids if they are born on a bad/cold day and are outside.

    Is she up to date on her shots? Is she CAE negative?

    I highly suggest you spend a few hours [​IMG] on this site:

    It's the best goat information site anywhere. Also, get a good goat book (like Storey's Guide).

    Goats are wonderful animals and generally easy to care for but you need to educate yourself (as you are doing here) so you are prepared for any problems that may arise and to stop other problems from ever happening.

    You need to find a goat vet immediately. Not many vets work with goats so find one now so you have one available if you need them.

    Have lots of fun with your new friend(s).

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