New Goats! How can I bond with them? They are really scared of people!

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  1. E.mil.y

    E.mil.y Member

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    Hi! I am new here, and I am hoping to get some advice! I wanted to know, how do you guys deal with scared goats? I have 1 adult female Nigerian dwarf and 1 adult female Nigerian pygmy, the pygmy one is pregnant and the dwarf has a little buckling. They are EXTREMELY afraid of people and I wanted to know how to bond with them and for them to let me pet them. Thanks.
     
  2. GTX63

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    1. Food
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    Get a scoop or an upside down milk jug and cut it in half. Pour some grain in it everytime to go to see them. Shake it and call them. Don't approach.
    Just sit and talk. Not for 5 minutes. Bring a book or your phone if you can't sit still.
    Let them hear your voice. Keep treats nearby. Pour water slowly into their pan so the trickling entices them.

    It took me about three days or going out to the pen every few hours to get one to even let me touch him. From day 3 things progressed quickly.
     
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    Thank you SO much! I will definitely try that! Thanks!!!
     
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    Sit in the shade inside the pen for thirty minutes at least three times a day. Sing to them. Read them a book.
     
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    What gtx63 suggest,and give them time and space,and room to get use to you.
     
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    You have gotten great ideas. Remember that goats are prey animals so they are always watchful. Until they are convinced their new pen is not a threat and you are not a threat they will be afraid. The advice above is spot on -- they need to have enough exposure to you to know that you will not frighten them, grab them or hurt them. If there's anything in the pend or near them that flaps in the wind - tie it down. Goats are terribly curious -- given time and opportunity, they should warm right up.
     
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    Thank you very much!
     
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    Thanks!!!
     
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