There are several different ways to bond with your goats, but at the end of the day it’s really up to your goat. Not every goat will be socialized. Not every goat wants to be around humans. More importantly, not every goat is going to trust humans. But with a little time and effort, you should be able to at least tame your goat.
When we got Bella and V, we realized that we were going to have our work cut out for us with Bella. At first we thought she was just antisocial and didn’t want anything to do with us. After a while we realized that she was scared of us and didn’t trust us. Every time we had to grab her horns and and force her where we need her to go, it set us back. But what were we supposed to do?
After V died and Bella was alone for a few days, I thought maybe she would start to trust us. She never did. When we got Midas, he became very untrusting towards us because he spent the first two weeks with Bella. Since Bella wouldn’t come near us, neither would Midas. It took about six months before Midas would come near us willingly. So what can you do?
- Give them time. If you have other goats, just take your time with the new goats. Let the new goats see that you are not going to hurt them. Even if it’s because you didn’t hurt the other goats.
- Treats. Seriously, treats are the best. We get “apple crack”, which is a goat probiotic in pellet form. Even Bella would come running for apple crack. A word of caution. Do not give empty calorie treats like crackers, cookies, etc. These can actually mess up their rumen and that is not good.
- Forced snuggles. I did this with Bella with mixed success. A lot of people swear by this because it really does work. You basically force the goat to accept your love. The good news it is, it mostly works. Unless you have a Bella. Bella LOVES to be snuggled when she is stuck in the barn only. If she is outside the barn? She totally forgets that I am a friend and I love her, and will run for the hills.
- Children. Jaxson has no fear. Zero. Our rooster will beat the crap out of him and he comes back for more. It’s the same way with the goats. He doesn’t care if they want his love or not, they are getting it. He has managed to get these goats to realize they are friends, not food.
If you have tried all of these things and nothing is working, chances are you have a Bella. That goat will probably never come around. We’ve had her for almost a year and we still have to chase her down to get her. It is heart breaking because we want to love her and we want her to come around. But if she needs meds, hoof trims, etc we have to do it.
When you have a “normal” goat that wants your affection, those four tips above usually works well. All of our other goats have come around within a month max. Except for Midas, but he loves Bella AND he was in rut so he doesn’t count. But these are the things we do when we bring in new goats.
How do you get your goats to warm up to you?
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