Can't figure out why goat crying

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  1. jlgoinggreen

    jlgoinggreen Well-Known Member

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    Can't figure out what's wrong with my mini nubian. We are new to goats. We just got her and her friend about a month ago. She has hay in her pen and looks good. For no reason that I can see, she is just crying. My other goat is fine. What should I be looking for to make sure she isn't sick or hurt?
     
  2. fishhead

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    She probably just wants some attention. Mine used to stand up against the shelter and literally scream at every car that went by. They still scream every time they see me or anyone walking by.
     

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    Is she in heat? It is that time of year, and you didn't say how old she is, or if she is bred. Is she hunching her back, or sticking her tail up(flagging)? Just a suggestion.... the "real" goat people will be along soon with more info, I'm sure.
     
  4. ladycat

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    Did she just start crying within the last day or two, or has it gone on since you got her a month ago? If it just started, that would indicate that she's in heat.
     
  5. jlgoinggreen

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    Sorry....she is about 1 1/2 yrs old. She has been "tentatively" bred to a goat who is still not "proven", so I am not sure if she is in heat or pregnant.
     
  6. luvzmybabz

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    Do you have a date of when she was bred? If so count to the block of dates that is 18 to 21 day then another 18 to 21 days if you are in any of these dates I would say open.
     
  7. Minelson

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    Is she eating? Poops normal?
     
  8. susanne

    susanne Nubian dairy goat breeder

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    jennifer to make sure she is okay i would take her temperature, watch her eating and drinking, look if her belly looks normal, not bloated, clear eyes and nose without discharge pooping and peeing without straining and no dierhea.
    if that is all normal, she might be just vocal ( the nubian part) or she is indeed in heat.
     
  9. beccachow

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    I hate to be a doomsayer, but my little Frosty got sick and the only clue at first was that she was vocal and a little withdrawn. She was gone within 12 hours. Check out her belly, her eyes, her gum color, her temp. Is she eating normally, is she circling while crying or just at the fence crying? What is your de-worming schedule? Anyone else acting funny? I have been bitten twice by not recognizing the earliest signs of a disease process, and lost two because of it, and then recognizing another too late and lost her as well. I'm sorry to be a doomsday technician here, just be sure. And if all that checks out...

    Then I guess your little girl is growing up, lol.
     
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    I have a couple that everytime one of us opens the sliding glass door on our deck they start hollering. Mine are very spoiled & want attention, think I should bring them treats, time to eat(they always have hay) or want to go out to pasture.
    Not saying something couldn't be wrong with her but like Susanne said, I would check those things & if she checks out OK then she is probly just a talkative little girl or in Heat.
     
  11. FarmerChick

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    Are they together in that pen or separate?
    Goats want to be in a herd....lol....so that might make her vocal.

    Other is she is in heat. They bleat, chat, speak etc. to get any bucks attention.
     
  12. jlgoinggreen

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    Sorry everyone. She was (tentatively) bred October 24 and her temperature is 102.2. She is in a pen with my other mini (we only have these two for now). She has only been this vocal when we first brought her home. She got out of the electric fence and could not get back in. She only cried then to get back in to be with her buddy. We've checked her everywhere and she seems fine. We did get a couple of bottle fed steers that we are keeping in the same small barn in the stall next tp theirs. I'm starting to wonder if she is just stressed having them next to hers. I believe she has never been around any other farm animals besides chickens and goats. We are fixing up the larger barn (which hasn't been used in over 30yrs) and hope to have it ready by this weekend to move the steers in there.
     
  13. snycal

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    The steer, most likely 99% sure are not the problem. I'd check again for heat signs. Is she flagging? Mine get CRAZY weird when in heat and I don't bring them a buck.

    A test on the steer idea, put in a favorite food and see if she eats next to them without looking dodgy or acting ready to bolt for the door at the slightest movement.
     
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    oops forgot to ask.. does she quiet down when you are standing with her? How long has she been screaming?
     
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    Thank you everyone. She is acting fine now. I'm wondering if she was in heat. I have a friend who is coming over to teach me how to draw blood. We will be sending it out to have a pregnancy test.
     
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    My Nubians cry constantly if I'm anywhere in sight. I think that's a breed trait. I'm not saying there's nothing wrong with your little one, just thought I would mention this.
     
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    Ditto! My Nubians are whiners...well, some of them are.....LOUD, LOUD whiners! :)
     
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    I am relieved to know she is just a little hussy, lol.
     
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    My first thought was, "Well, she's a Nubian."

    I asked the very same question when I brought Many Troubles and Bow Tie home. Troubles is SOoooooooooo vocal!

    Sometimes, it does mean something. Nick did chores this evening, and forgot to give the goats hay. Trub was out there, COMPLAAAAAAAAAAAAAINING so loudly that I thought she was in the orchard and not in the goat pen!

    Nubians rock, though, vocal or not. I luvs muh goats!
     
  20. jlgoinggreen

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    She has actually never been that vocal. Not that I would mind, though. I also love nubians and don't think (but you never know) I would go with another breed except the minis. They are just so pretty. :goodjob: