WARNING- picture with blood at end of this post!
After a lot of pondering and inner turmoil about the fate of my buck goat, Archie (said goat) has taken the final decision on his own shoulders.
I tried every trick in the book to take care of his over-aggressiveness. When the bad behavior started, I tried a water squirt bottle. Then I added vinegar to the squirt bottle. When that failed to produce results, I began wrestling him to the ground(he was a lot smaller then!) After several bruised leg treatments, I finally broke down and had DH get a cattle prod. Since then not one time has anyone entered the pen without "packing."
I've tried to convince myself that this is an acceptable solution. But two days ago, Archie changed my mind. While I was filling the hay feeder-from OUTSIDE the pen- he hooked my hand and pinned to a t-post. When he finally released it, he got two quick jabs in before I could get it away. OUCH!
There is no doubt that this was not a playful attack. That goat had murder in his eyes. After I was out of reach, he charged the pen several times trying to get to me.
I'm going to be black and blue for awhile but I don't think any bones are broken. My heart is a little heavy, though, because that goat has to go.