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QUESTION: I just acquired 2 nannies, 1 and 2 yrs. old. The youngest has been rolling her head, non stop. They are Lamanchas and have very little ear lobe. Do they have mites? How do I treat this?

ANSWER: Are they eating and drinking well?  Do you have other goats in the herd that are aggressive to them?  Have they done this since you got them? Stress/anxiety can cause a goat to roll its head.  Other goats do it just for fun.  If they had mites you would see a creamy to brownish colored discharge from their ears.  Generally with mites a goat shakes its head instead of rolling its head.  Let me know - Donna

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QUESTION: Donna, thx for quick response. They are stressed from recent move and off their feed for one week. Now eating again for one week, I just separated them to wean the 1 yr old. They can still see each other but the 1 yr old is NOT happy and rolling her head more. Hope they settle down soon. How long should I keep them apart for the mom to dry up? {I separated them because mom was loosing wt. and baby was fat and sassy.]

Certainly sounds like stress.  Re keeping them apart, 2 to 4 weeks usually is enough time for mom to dry up.  You can use a homeopathic remedy on the yearling called Pulsatilla - this is available over the counter at supplement and some natural food stores, also can get online.  It is used for people to help with anxiety and stress - these are pellets and for a yearling would use 4 pellets dissolved in a little hot water, cooled and all (including a little of the pellet that is usually left over) two to four times a day for 2 to 3 days.  This will not hurt the doeling at all.  I use it for does coming to us for breeding service with our bucks - they may arrive freaked out but after a few doses of the Pulsatilla settle down nicely.  Hope this helps.  Donna


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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres


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


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.

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

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4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

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Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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