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My goat, Emmett, was eating grass on his front knees today. I looked out my window and he was on his front knees while his back legs were fully extended. Like ten minutes later I looked again, he was in a different part of the field but he was still on his front knees. I think it's so he's closer to the grass-that pig. I opened the window and once he saw me he hopped back to all four feet and walked over to me, wagging his tail. He's so cute:p

Do most goats do this?
 

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My goat, Emmett, was eating grass on his front knees today. I looked out my window and he was on his front knees while his back legs were fully extended. Like ten minutes later I looked again, he was in a different part of the field but he was still on his front knees. I think it's so he's closer to the grass-that pig. I opened the window and once he saw me he hopped back to all four feet and walked over to me, wagging his tail. He's so cute:p

Do most goats do this?
My girls did this all the time. I think you got it right, it's literally just piggishness. :lol:
 

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My goats would sometimes walk around on their knees -- just too concerned about getting too far away from the grass I think! Goats are monkeys with hooves.
 

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Yup, goats and sheep like to kneel down to eat. The goats at the shelter where I worked all did it, even the teeny little 'dwarf' goat
 

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My goats used to eat standing on their knees because they had hoof rot. I would recommend checking your goat's hooves. If it isn't hoof rot, like said above, they're probably just doing it 'cause they can. :)
 

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Today my goat was on his knees again but he was rubbing his horn on the ground, instead of eating the grass. He's a little weirdo. haha.
 

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Eating on their knees can be something certain goats like to do, but it usually is a good indicator of CAE (google it) if they are doing it a lot. Not a good thing at all.
 

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Actually, goats start eating on their knees as early as birth, they nurse on their knees and sometimes it can become a learn behavior. My guys sometimes go down too, but it's usually just easier for them to graze..
 

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Have your goats been tested for CAE? I have been raising AGS & ADGA goats for 8 years now and mine rarely graze on their knees, but mine are CAE and CL negative. While nursing, yes because it's easier to reach moms udder, but just grazing like in a pasture, most goats never eat graze like that unless their is an issue. Now yes, mine do occasionally eat like that when they are surrounding a hay bale, but grazing no, and they don't do it often and shouldn't.
 

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I don't have grass, I feed hay, and they do not graze like that. My big guy goes down on his knees for grain though, it gives hi an advantage so the other goats can't take it.
 

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Have your goats been tested for CAE? I have been raising AGS & ADGA goats for 8 years now and mine rarely graze on their knees, but mine are CAE and CL negative. While nursing, yes because it's easier to reach moms udder, but just grazing like in a pasture, most goats never eat graze like that unless their is an issue. Now yes, mine do occasionally eat like that when they are surrounding a hay bale, but grazing no, and they don't do it often and shouldn't.

That's a good point, and one that never occured to me. I had LaManchas, out of the Chalet line which were some of the best producers ever bred but also a bloodline absolutely rife with CAE. I only had two does I knew were CAE positive, but I took extreme measures (all babies were bottlefed pasturised milk, even heat treated colostrum) to prevent the spread to my uninfected does, and both groups, who were separated, both often grazed on their knees, particularly in new spring grass.
 
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