Post by debrastjohn on Apr 14, 2019 16:36:25 GMT -5
My aging doe started getting bullied my other doe. They have been together for 6 years. I pulled the aging doe out of the pen so she wouldn't get hurt. The aging goat had a doeling about 5 years ago and that doeling tried beating her up too! I need some help. They are fine when they are outside. The aging doe stays away from the other two. They are free range during the day.
Post by Bob Breese on Apr 14, 2019 19:09:04 GMT -5
I had the same problem a while back. Ended up having to put the aging doe in a separate pen. The aggressor was a very large wether who was really nice to everyone else. No idea why he picked on that one. You have to do what you have to do to avoid injuries.
I would check the aging doe for illness. Sometimes the weakest ones who are sick in some way get bullied as well. The others "tell" on them for being sick or frail by pounding on them and making them graze the outside edges of the herd or apart. Any goat apart from the herd is either avoiding trouble if it has at least one other grazing with it, also further down the pecking order or sick if it is alone and it would need checked over. I also pen aging does separate or with one of the does they threw if they behave with the Nanny. What is a red flag on the doe problem you are having is the Jr doe being just as aggressive as the others. How old is the doe that is being knocked around? Does her teeth have inclusions in upper and lower molars that are making her drop weight? If you stand beside her and bump into her a bit like when walking through the herd is she easily almost knocked off her balance? Is her berries the correct size and color? Are her eyelids white when pulled down? Does she have a temperature or a sub par temperature? How is she holding her head? Is she standing with the neck a bit further back meaning she is getting weak and does not want to lower her head for fear of falling off balance or into her water if it is too low into the bedding? These are just some of the things that can help you to conclude if it is just age or a problem that can be treated. If the oldest goat is eight or above I would say yea she is starting to get up there in age but at six generally they should be able to hold their own. Another thing to do is watch and see if the other does are taking her feed because they can eat faster due to having better teeth or being more aggressive.