Why You Really Don’t Want a Billy Goat


| 11/16/2013 2:08:00 AM


Tags: buck goats, Maggie Bonham, Montana,

male goat“Oreo is tearing up the pen again.” That had been my constant whine when Oreo, my buck goat, decided that being in the main goat pen was boring. He had put four major holes in the stout chain link fencing even though he had access to all the does. It was the main reason we finally put together a buck pen and stuck him in it.

I would’ve called this post “Why You Really Don’t Want a Buck,” but I was afraid newbies may be thinking I meant deer or rabbits when in fact I mean goats. The word “Billy” to describe an unneutered male goat or buck is derogatory and few who are serious into goats use that term.

We put Oreo into the buck pen none too soon. His daughter, Mocha, was getting close to breeding age and his does would be ready to breed again. As much as I didn’t mind him breeding them, this year I wanted control over when the does kidded. We made his pen out of stout 4x4 posts, pallets, field fencing, and lots of electrical wire. Lots. We put three lines of live wire to keep him from bashing the pen to shreds.

That’s when he started going into rut. When bucks go into rut they pee all over themselves. They pee on their beards, in their mouths, on top of their heads, down their front legs, in their water bucket, and just anywhere they feel they should pee, even if it’s you. He peed on Kimi, the wether who hung out with him. And buck piss? Well, it’s just nasty. You can smell his odor halfway to the house. Luckily, we live on close to ten acres, or I’m sure the neighbors would complain.

It’s caustic too. Oreo now has urine burns from his pee scalding the fur off his face. So now he’s stinky AND ugly.

Did I mention obnoxious?


nobody
3/30/2015 2:50:48 PM

Is this serious? not sure that the goats have the intellectual capacity to distinguish a particular term being used to describe them, let alone understanding it as offensive. And for what reason is "Billy" offensive? This just goes to prove, people, that "Political Correctness" really is a mental disease derived from a deep inner sense of guilt and a lack of self-worth.


nobody
3/30/2015 2:50:01 PM

Is this serious? not sure that the goats have the intellectual capacity to distinguish a particular term being used to describe them, let alone understanding it as offensive. And for what reason is "Billy" offensive? This just goes to prove, people, that "Political Correctness" really is a mental disease derived from a deep inner sense of guilt and a lack of self-worth.


riapressley
11/20/2013 9:49:12 PM

Wow! Thanks for the warning and Goat101, thanks for the advice!


goat101
11/19/2013 12:11:42 PM

Thats why bucks are for breeding only. If you are looking for a campion goat get a wether they are friendly and do not have the buck smell.




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