Question Hi EmilyI have a half dozen goats,the beginning of a meat goat herdthe start up was with 2 Nubian,all have been fine and pasturing(landclearing) which they have done very well all summer.The other day they went out to pasture in the morning and came back in the evening as usual but 1 of the Nubians was not walking well upon investigating I realized her neck was bent to one side and she had trouble with balance.I have kept her in for a few days and fed and cared for her as I have researched and spoken to many people who have sent me in many directions of which I have appreciated and researched(listeria,wry neck etc etc) but after all I think it is a physical injury.she went out fine and came back in 4 hours with a bent neck,shes not in any pain and maintains personality and appetite.I have an appointment with the vet on wed but the more I investigate the more it seems I should try to brace her neck to help it straighten out,when I hold her head up and straighten her neck out she seems to be comfortable.
My question to you is this kind of thing anything you have ever heard of happennning.
Answer So sorry Charlie for the late response! To my understanding the goat has a lumpy think in her neck? Is her head still facing forward or is I turned with the neck? I think it's possible to be an abscess of some sort. A photo would clarify better.
If it were a bone or muscular issue she would not be acting 'normal'.
I can answer anything relating to goat health. From medications, dosages, what medication you can give to pregnant does, what meds you can give for Urinary Calculi, I can help with birthing complications, preparations,and after the birthing. Goat diet, such as percent protein needed for different age groups. foraging questions, best hay for them and different types of hay. hoof trimming, milking and basic dairying. bottle raising kids, disbudding kids, wethering males. the only questions I can not answer are the ones about serious injury as i am not a vet, nor am I able to asses the situation with out seeing the animals.
I have raised dairy and meat goats for most of my life. Degree in biology and dairy sciences. I have birthed hundreds of goats, milked goats for ages, made products from the milk. disbudded several kids of all sizes.
Organizations American Dairy Goats Association, American goat Society, Nigerian Dwarf goats Association
Georgia Boer Goat Association
Education/Credentials Degree in Biology, Minor in Diary science