Goats/aggressive doe

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Hi, we have 3 15mo old goats. two are lamanchas and one nubian. we got them for milking, but they have definitely become our pets!  within the last 2 months our little lamancha doe(she is the smallest one) has become aggressive towards our kids and any other kids that come to visit.  She is very sweet and loving towards me and my husband and other adults. but when the kids come in the pasture,, her hair stands up and she chases them and bucks them hard,(sometimes knocks them down) we have had our goats since they were 2 days old. and they are part of our family. She was always a very sweet goat, I do know she has been in heat a few times, but this happens everytime the kids come near.

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Many times does become the alpha goat in a herd and she is trying to be alpha over the children - especially since I'm assuming they are more at her eye level.  A good rap across the nose with a sharp "no" or "back off" by the children should help curb her behavior.  Use of a water spray bottle along with the "no" or other command to stop her should help.  Let me know - Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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