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In Reply to: Doeling was beat up today, what to do? posted by bernice on August 20, 2001 at 18:59:17:
That's terrible! I'm really sorry to hear she got beat up like this. I'm not sure how the others handle the scenario of "there's a bleeder at the feeder" but what I do is instantly separate the mean ones from the gentle ones.
We really have a mixed up herd when it comes right down to it. They range in age from 5 to 6 months to 4 years or more. Horned, disbudded, big goats, small goats, pygmys, Boers, Nubians...you name it.
For the most part almost all of our goats are pretty gentle around each other except come feeding time. The ones that horn and butt the others get the jail pen or a tangle proof runner for probation. I cannot say honestly that it has always worked but 9 out of 10 times it has modified their behavior significantly.
Now you may be asking what to do about the beat up doe and not how to handle them so I'll include my two cents on that issue too. I would give her a comfortable place away from the bigger goats, maybe with a few of her gentler buddies her own size or smaller so she can at least feel like a herd queen for a few days. Then try a bit of Goat NutraDrench, especially maybe some vitamin B to reduce her stress and anxiety.
Of course watch her for the next few days at least for any signs of internal injuries.
Hope this helps,
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