The fact that there seems to be absolutely no reason for it other than to tick me off is what is so completely infuriating. They yell first thing in the morning when they see me, even though only two of them (the two I'm milking) are actually getting fed. I assume the kids are vocalizing their malcontent in not being fed both morning, mid-morning, pre-lunch, lunch, dinner, supper and a snack. Or, again, it's just to pisss me off.
Lira, Penny's doeling, is especially annoying. Annette's kids, Pyewacket and Elemanzer will start yelling when someone else does so they are more tolerable, but Lira just does it whenever a gnat flies by and it's one of those really, really annoying yells, like a spoiled-brat kind of noise.
I just started weaning Studly DoRight three days ago, and if anybody had a legitimate reason to yell, it would be him. Ironically, he is the only one out of the four kids that can seem to keep his howling screaming zipped. He'll still come running up to the fence, waggly-tailed and anticipating a bottle, but he keeps his mouth shut. I can only hope that he passes these quiet jeans on to his progeny.
Once we get our Boer herd a little bigger, Pickles is out of here as is any other goat that has a tendency to scream. It's bad enough that I have seven roosters running around, crowing their little bird-brains out all day starting at 3 in the morning, but the noise of screaming-brat goats I cannot stand. I had actually thought (and still may) about putting Charlie's shock collar on Pickles and zapping her each time she yelled. I doubt it would work, but heck, it might give me a little bit of satisfaction seeing her crap her pants (figuratively speaking of course....I don't put my goats in underpants. Only the chickens.) mid-yell and wonder what the hell attacked her.
It would so be worth a visit from PETA. Maybe they would even "rescue" her from me.