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Tips on introducing a new goat....

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Rhondax6, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. Rhondax6

    Rhondax6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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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  2. Chatychick

    Chatychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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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...
     
  3. Rhondax6

    Rhondax6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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
     
  4. hearthnsoul

    hearthnsoul Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Great suggestion!
     
  6. Rhondax6

    Rhondax6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The balls are about to go on!
     
  7. calgal98

    calgal98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
     
  8. Rhondax6

    Rhondax6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great idea calgal, thank you.

    Rhonda
     

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