Bringing a New Kid Home: What to Expect the First Few Days

Goat kids are very resilient, but moving from one place to another is a big change. Here are some tips to help make the transition as stress free and easy on everyone as possible.

Expect Crying
As your kid adjusts to its new home, expect some crying in the first couple of days. It has been taken from a familiar world to something new and unfamiliar. Be supportive, offer cuddle time and also space for your kid to go and hide from everyone as it adjusts.

Expect Skittish Behavior
We handle goats daily to ensure they are friendly and used to a variety of humans. They have formed a bond with us and will go on to form a bond with you, but don’t expect them to be fully trusting immediately. Some goats can take a couple of weeks to warm up to the new people in their world. Patience and daily, quiet sitting times with your goat will go a long way toward creating that bond.

Provide a Safe Place
If you’re bringing home a single kid into an existing herd, it will take awhile for the original goats to accept the new kid. It is normal for the existing goats to butt and run off the new kid. A corner of the shelter area sectioned off with cattle panels can help provide your new kid a place to get away and eat/sleep in safety.

Keep the Same Food Available
Goats, especially young kids, have sensitive digestive systems. Particularly during the few-week transition period, be sure to keep the feed basic – just hay, minerals and water.  Take it slowly and don’t offer treats, grain or other foods until your kid has time to adjust.

Minimize Stress
Moving is a lot of stress on a kid. Be watchful of other stressful situations and minimize those as much as possible. Protect your kid from your family dogs, other goats and over rambunctious children (our goats are pretty well child-proof, but it is helpful to be aware of too much stimulation).

Watch for Loose Stools
Though we do our best to prevent it, kids moving can experience digestive upset. The herbal mix we send you home with can be administered daily at approximately 1/4tsp once a day to help keep your kid digesting properly. If your kid develops diarrhea, either begin or increase dosage of those herbs until stools firm up. Always feel free to contact us if something doesn’t seem right.

Changes at the Disbudding Site
The scabs on the horn disbudding sites will eventually fall off. Bleeding is uncommon, but if it happens it should stop quickly on its own. If not, a generous helping of corn starch, cayenne, flour or Blood Stop powder will stop it. The site may look raw for a few days after the scabs fall off. Oozing and pus are not normal and should be treated immediately. Contact your vet or us if anything abnormal happens.

What Happens Next with Wethers
Wethers are banded as close to their leaving date as possible.  This is to allow the urethra time to develop.  If your wether was banded right before leaving, you may expect some discomfort the first day or so. This will pass and your goat will act like nothing is wrong from then on.  After a few weeks, the sac will have shriveled completely up and will fall off.  There may be slight bleeding at this event but not usually.  Occasionally, the band may break.  This is very rare, but it is important to do a regular examination of the site.  Pus or drainage is not normal and may require medical attention – contact us or your vet.