Faithful Goat Berries reader Kim has a problem.
She is a new goat caretaker, but her goats won’t let her anywhere near them. Kim says they’ll let her get a little close while she’s feeding them, but then they run away. She’d love to be able to pet and even play with her goaties, but right now it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen. So, fellow goat caretakers, Kim would love to know —
“Is it too soon or do I just have wild naughty boys?”
I have to admit, I’m a little at a loss since I’ve never been in this situation. I raised Pasqualina with a bottle, so obviously she got to know me from a very early age. Then with her daughter, Pinta, I practiced my own version of goat imprint training, which has made her fairly cuddle-seeking as well.
Something tells me that the imprinting advice holds true for older, wilder kids as well — less touching at first, of course, but simply spending as much time with them as possible and just getting them used to your presence. But maybe with stubborn little ones, a good bribe might be in order. I’m thinking the usual subjects like raisins, bananas/peels, and some say cookies although I’ve never given my girls those. All in moderation of course!
But again, as I’ve yet to have a truly difficult goat, I’d love to hear from those of you with experience on this:
How can Kim get her goats to love her?
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