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Re: coccidia (? about pyrs)
Amber Waves Pygmy Goats ZinPro 40
Posted by helene on June 28, 2001 at 20:09:14:

In Reply to: Re: coccidia (? about pyrs) posted by Sherry on June 28, 2001 at 18:42:09:

ralph (our pyr) is still young, only about 12 weeks old or so. When we got him, we penned him up with the babies, we did not want to just put him out in the field w/the other goats as we were afraid he would run away, not knowing where he was. He was born and raised with goats and I will tell you what, he does a wonderful job w/the kids. That is why I thought what he was doing to Nicholas was odd. He keeps both eyes on those babies and if one strays he herds all of the babies together so they are all together. One thing we cannot figure out is why he will not really pay attention to the bigger goats, we hope as he grows some he will.

Ralph has always been partial to Nicholas this is another reason that I found his behavior odd. Nicholas is the only goat he will allow to eat with him in his dog food bowl, at first I thought he was playing, but then soon realized that he was not. As I said he grabbed a hold of Nick's ear and actually drew blood..My son then told me that he caught Ralph dragging Nick by his leg and Nick was screaming..He said he went over and yelled at the dog and he left him alone.

When Nick first became sick, any time you went near him, Ralph would run over to you and bark at you and nudge you as to say that he was not feeling well.

I think I am going to wait until Nick is completely 100% before I put him back in the pen with him. So far I have not had the problems that you are having because he is still so young, but great another thing to look forward to..LOL..I have heard that the pyr's bark like crazy all the time, but I would rather him be alert and keeping an eye on his goats, and doing his job.

Thank you!!

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