Skills Learned Through WWOOFing: Worming Goats

Stormcat likes to nuzzle her head on my backside when I’m brushing other goats. Cocoa Puff moves her back hoofs close to her front hoofs when milked—making her look like a cocoa puff.  Azalea loves to play with a box.

After milking these gals five days a week for over a month, I’m getting a sense of their unique personalities. Mostly they are easy to work but just have a unique quirk.

But, they all start to cop a ‘tude when forced to take their medicine.

Weighing Goats

This week we gave the milking goats an oral worming medication. We had to “weigh” them first to calculate the proper dosages.

No, we didn’t wrestle the goats onto a scale - because there isn’t one (Julia, the owner, just got a livestock scale for her birthday so future WWOOfers will indeed get to wrestle goats).

We put a special measuring tape around each goat, measuring right behind their front legs. The scale on the measuring tape is in pounds and is a rough gauge of the animal’s weight.

Natalie

Natalie "weighing" Astrid to determine proper medicine dosage.

Stormcat nuzzles Shayla while being brushed.

Stormcat nuzzles Shayla while being brushed.

Cocoa Puff resembling her name while David milks her.

Cocoa Puff resembling her name while David milks her.

Administering the Meds

We drew up proper doses for each goat. To administer the oral med, we held a goat’s head upward with one hand and placed the syringe into the right side of her mouth. A quick squirt and the job is complete.

Not all the goats were easy.

Stormcat wanted nothing to do with the syringe - and she’s one of the heavier goats. My hand couldn’t hold up her bobbing head. I had to cradle her head in my left arm. She fought the hold, often slipping out of my arm.  It took three squirts into her mouth to empty my syringe.

She hasn’t nuzzled me since.





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