This year I was really smug because the goat breeding seemed to go really well. And then it was time to get the bucks out of the doe pens. Ideally, the 3 bucks can live in the same pen together. But its always a crap shoot. So many things influence whether they will get along as well as they had before breeding season. At first the boys seemed to be happy to see each other. But within a day or two I came down to the barn to find Mr. T. bleeding from his head. (No pictures of that). As it turns out, though I thought T was being picked on, it seems he was the picker and Rudolf Valentino was the pickee - so to speak.
Ordinarily, things settle down within a day or two and after some scuffling the new pecking order gets established and the only butting happens at dinner time. This time, Rudolf was being beaten up so badly he was seeing stars. And I've no doubt he would have been killed had we left him there much longer.
So he got moved to another pen, on his own to recover. But he was lonely. So we put Emmy, one of the does he bred in with him. I guessed that pairing wrong too. They didn't hurt each other. But Emmy was really missing her girlfriends. She spoke to me all day long and every chance she got to say she'd had enough of Rudolf and wanted to get back to her posse. I thought she'd settle in. But after 5 days she was still prattling on at me.
So we moved her back with her friends and it was as if she'd never left. I'd resisted putting any little ones in with Rudolf because he could really hurt them if he weren't pleased. But at this point there wasn't much choice. So I put Yoda and Fast Eddie - who are great buddies - in with Rudy. And although Yoda was a little unsure about this big fellow, it wasn't long before he and Fast Eddie were dancing circles around the old man and even he started getting into the fun of it all.