So I have this 8ks old baby I have been introducing to my small heard., Earlier this week I was keeping her in a dog crate because I had an evil milking doe that wanted to smash her to smithereens. I was able to get her to nurse off the evil one while she was on the stand. Thursday evil goat left for a new home.
So my doe Julie who is a lg Nubian, which is the herd queen but rather gentil never seemed to mind the lil one. So I ve let the in the large pasture together with no problems.. minor pushing, but they were getting along great.. So I thought. I put them at night together in the same stall, This is Thursday night. I noticed Julie getting quite ruff with her. but I put lots of hay everywhere hoping to keep them occupied. Though I noticed baby goat kept trying to nurse off dry Julie. She would just butt her, but she kept trying to nurse and she would ram her into the wall! Eventually all was quiet. So Friday everything was great again in the pasture. My idea for last night was to put the top half of the dog crate in the stall so baby goat could go in there to get away from Julie if she got to fierce. I have done this with Julies babies last year, and they loved they're crate and ran in there to get away from the big ones.
Oh' and a side note I tried the bottle baby goat had no interest in it... dam raised.
So around 1 in the mourning I hear constant screaming from the barn. I decide to go out there and I see Julie ramming the baby really hard into the wall. I put the baby in under the crate and figured she would stay their to be safe. A lil later I hear more screaming so I go back out and put baby back under w/ some hay. I thought she would stay there and be safe!
So this mourning all was to quiet... BAby goat was down. She looks to have a broken front leg and an injured back. she tried to stand but falls over,. Her back legs are moving but she can't seem to get them under her to stand up. So Im figuring a back injury. She is laying there quietly. Shes very thirsty and have brought the water to her. she has a lil green froth at her mouth, not sure whats that about. I silently though maybe she ate something bad, but she didn't get loose... but who knows. I wanted hubby to put her down, but he wants to wait a few days to see if she comes around... I don't think we can wait that long. I am going to call the vet, but would hate to spend $$ for her to tell me to put her down.
I am so mad I didn't separate them last night. But it was late, and the crate was apart, the other half in the pasture. And Julie would of woken the whole neighborhood up if I took her out of their. So Im done with goats,its just not meant to be right now. W/ 3 toddlers, no help from the hubby, being a birth doula. Plus I can't seem to find a companion for our Julie that works out. And Our property has to be reconfigured better for livestock so they're not so close to the neighbors. So Against my my sons wails Ive listed Julie for sale.
So hears the vote Put the babe down???
She is just laying they're and is not trying to get up at all.
Wait a while???
And do what for her.... I feel awefulI, I thought they would work it out they're differences, or she would know to hide....