The Barnyard Buddies Fainting Goat herd at the GJF Ranch, a family owned hobby farm operated by Gary & Janet Farkas located in Loveland, Colorado.
Goats will be goats and you will witness a lot of head-butting. This is perfectly natural behavior and you shouldn't be alarmed. A goat herd is very hierarchically structured and even the females have a pecking order. Goats are rarely seriously injured from head-butting.
Fainting goats, also known as Myotonic Goats have a harmless genetic muscle condition called myotonia congenita which causes their muscles to temporarily freeze when they are startled or excited. Fainting goats do not really faint, when this happens they remain completely conscious and aware the entire time. This condition is not harmful or painful to the goats.
The pen on camera is where the dams (females) and their babies and two wethers are kept. Just off to the north is our sire pen where our breeding stock is kept.
Herd total head count: 45
Horses: Bristle & Chisum
Dog: Janet's Diabetic Alert Dog a Golden Retriever Jenny
Ducks: 2 rouens & 2 magpies
Chickens: 17 hens and 1 rooster
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