More About Goats

In answer to the question, how is the new goat doing?  She is doing fine.  She has settled in to her pen and after the first night has had a good appetite.  She is a bit skittish and doesn’t seem used to children at this point.

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She is bigger than our other goats, although not terribly big, and as you see she doesn’t have horns.  Milk goats have their horns removed – another farming procedure that I will be getting acquainted with as she is due to have a kid or kids in the middle of March!  I will admit that I’m a little squeamish about dehorning and castrating (hoping the kids are does) but I daresay that will go away with experience.

Our other goats are very interested in Tinker but although they can see each other they can’t interact – Tinker is in quarantine for 30 days to cut down on any disease transmission. They do posture at each other from behind the fences and I suspect there will be some head butting when they do meet.  Perhaps our Kiko girls will find Tinker less interesting once Hot Rod arrives later this week!

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2 Responses to More About Goats

  1. wondering says:

    If goat de-horning is anything like cow dehorning, it is really easy to remove the nubs while the kids are young. Some people use a hot de-horner tool that burns a ring around the base of the horn, but for low cost, you can use castration rings. Just get them way down the base of the horn. If there is a ridge, get the band on the far side of it and the ring won’t slide off. If there is no ridge, file a notch around the horn and fit the ring in the notch. Blood flow to the horn will cut off and eventually it will just fall off.

  2. bogart says:

    Congratulations on the new goat, she looks lovely. What’s involved in terms of care for her when she gives birth — is that typically straightforward for goats, or not so much? The closest I can get is to remember all those lambs James Herriott describes being born (in his books), hopefully kids are easier than lambs!

    If goat castration in any way resembles horse castration, there’s not much to it. I can’t speak to de-horning, though!

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