How to tame down wild dam raised babies

So, I let my does dam raise.  I do not worry about them catching CAE as long as the dam tested negative, I think the fresh milk and the nutrition the baby gets from it trumps  pasteurizing the milk before I then feed it back to them.  I feed bottles to my bucklings so that I can go ahead and sell them, but the milk is fresh, not cooked.  I only separate the bucks out to sell so young because the knowing how to breed starts very young and I do not want brothers steadily jumping their sisters all the time, I have seen it happen, that is when I started separating.  Not saying that happens in all herds and breeds.  Now, if you are dam raising, the babies seem to be more timid of people.  Starting from day one I get my hands on them and pet them and do this EVERYDAY for just a few minutes.  Then once they are about two weeks old put them all in a stall with you for about 30 minutes every evening or whenever is good for you.  Just sit there with them, they will start to come up to you, if you reach out to pet and they are scared back off and just sit there until you try and they are not scared anymore.  We do this and my almost yearlings still think if I go sit down it is time to come gather round and see whom can get petted the most.  All of the babies I have done this way are very sociable and calm, no wild runners aloud here, that would make me crazy.  Once my babies are 3 weeks old, they are separated all night from their dams so that I can start milking  the dam in the morning for our milk.   I let the babies back with their dams right after morning milking and will put them up again right around 8 at night.  I do this until the babies are 4 months old.  By 4 months old I will start feeding the babies a  full jr. goat ration of 1.15lbs per day split between 2 feedings .I have tried to tame down full grown wild goats and maybe got them to settle down and calm down a little, but was not able to get them really what I would call tame.  I think it HAS to start when they are really young to be the most successful.  By the time my babies are three weeks old I start giving them a nibble at food when their dams eat in a stall with only babies.  Then by the time they are 2 months old they will get hooked up to their own bucket and go ahead and learn the routine of feeding time and how to stand to be tied for a few minutes.   We did have success taming down two doelings we got together that were 3 months old just pulled off the dam.  I did bottle feed them for a little while longer, but they were much harder to tame down than the ones I started her.  They did not get really easy until they were over a year and even the once in a while they would decide not to be caught and believe me that was no fun.

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