|Don't let them fool you!|
|So cute, so innocent, so LOUD!|
Nubians have for some reason developed a very distinct coping mechanism for dealing with stress and major changes. That mechanism is to scream their heads off until they are hoarse. After a couple of months of hoarse scream-whispers (let's call them "screamspers"), they do eventually accept the change or at least forget what they were yelling about in the first place. You see, not only are Nubians loud, but they are also stubborn and clueless. It would be one thing if they were just loud and stubborn -- a stubborn animal is usually only stubborn for so long before they give in. It would be another thing if they were just loud and clueless -- a clueless animal forgets what they were doing and stops doing it fairly quickly. But Nubians are a trifecta of crazy -- loud, stubborn, clueless. This means that once they start screaming, they won't stop. Even when they forget why they started yelling, they continue to carry on because they don't want to give in to whatever reason they started carrying on about in the first place.
As I was explaining to my friend about the joys of Nubians, I kept thinking "Thank God. I don't have any of those noisy boogers anymore". Well, that was before my Boer gave birth (Hi karma, I have missed you so!). Since then I have unfortunately discovered that my Boer goats are also loud, stubborn, and clueless. I do have to say that they don't seem to be as clueless as the Nubians. My Boer doe at least remembers where the barn is every time (My Nubian doe always acted like she was seeing the barn for the first time. Every. Single. Day.). But she is clueless enough to not realize that I always feed her on exactly the same schedule every day. My other goats will cry and make noise for a few minutes at the beginning of chore time but they usually shut up once they see me well under way in my normal chore routine. Not the Boer. She continues to scream and holler and yell the whole time. The only time she does shut up is when she is stuffing her face with food. Even then she can still manage to talk with her mouth full.
Maybe the floppy-eared goats are so loud because all that dangly ear tissue covers up their ear drums and they have to shout to hear themselves. I wonder if Lamanchas are super quiet because they have no ear tissue to muffle their noise. I will have to try hanging out with some Lamanchas sometime and see if they are any quieter than their floppy-eared cousins. Perhaps no ears is the way to go?