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Our goat is five months old. When born it was one of triplets and very, very tiny. We had to hand feed it and care for it just as if it were a human baby. Now, when he is left alone, he cries for us. It is very sad and overwhelming. We love him, but would like to take time away from him without his being so disturbed. Would appreciate any helpful answer to this problem. Thank you.

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So understand it - I have had a number of singles.  I bottle feed all our kid goats.  If I have a single I give them a large stuffed animal to snuggle with, I keep the TV or a radio on for them, and I also put baby teether safe toys in their pen - hang a few on the side of the pen and others that are large I leave in the pen.  This usually gives them enough things to do or look at to keep them busy so they forget they are an only goat.  Do hope this helps - 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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