Originally Posted by Vidaloco
OK, thanks everyone
What an informative group! A wether sounds like the way to go but what is this smell thing? Do the females smell bad?
I have a little over 1 acre fenced in with no climb horse fence all the way around the house. That's where I plan on putting it. It will have to share the space with the dogs. Do you think I would be better off with a baby and letting them get used to it, or an adult that can defend itself. All of my dogs have been around puppies a ton so they are used to babies.
Uncastrated males that are 5 months+ REEK. Especially in whats called rut. Rut if from August to February I think, and its the main breeding season for goats. I have a buck, he's 5 mo and already smells
. Females do not smell...
Get a baby. And "adult who can defend itself" could do some harm to your dogs or if they tick the dogs off enough, the dogs will harm it.
Goats with horns do damage, I mean, Marcus got butted in the head by Pow and was bleeding.
I suggest you get a goat that is polled (born hornless) or disbudded (dehorned by humans as a very very young kid.). I would not ever suggest dehorning an adult goat, it is a very long, bloody process.
I say this because Pow almost gave me stitches in my lip. He was fighting me for food and I was trying to poor the buck in the feed trough and he got his horn hooked under my upper lip and threw his head back, almost ripping it. It was punttucred on the inside and it hurt really bad.
Not trying to scare you though
If theres food inside the fence they wont care. I have wielded wire and my goats have never gotten out that way.. but they are escape artists. Get a bond with them, my wethers AND buck come when I call their names, its great :):).