A “New” Goat
At least “new” for this place. The little billy that a neighbor contacted me about that was in his yard back on December 23 of last year is here to stay. I had put the word out to other neighbors that I had it with my goats. The way it acted I figured that it was a bottle baby and someone had dumped it when it got to smelling like a billy. It was afraid of the sheep and goats, but It never minded the donkey or the dog, in fact it would hang around the dog when the dog checked out the timber and would sleep out in the pasture with the dog at night.
After I had the little guy 5 days, we got a call saying that it was theirs. When they came by after dark, I asked if they had any other goats and what they wanted it for. They said they had no other goats and it was for a pet for their girls who were 5 and 10 years old. I told them a bottle fed little billy will grow up into a 200 pound aggressive big billy that will urinate all over himself and anyone close. And when they get thoughts of love they will not hesitate to butt anyone who gets in the way. There is no natural respect or fear of people when they have been raised that way. They said they had got him on Friday and when they had checked on him 3 hours later, he was gone. I had him a couple hours later from when they found him missing.
I told them that I had a young nanny that would be a better fit for their girls which they took me up on, as it never mattered to them what they had, and this way they can have a baby from this nanny either this year or next.
The little billy is getting more used to the goats and has learned to dodge their heads when he is around them. I have seen him out in the pasture near them one time when they were out. It will take a while but he will come to rule the herd.
goatweek 152 of 2012