|A little primping!|
So, this year things will be different! Although Farmer Man and I have had some spirited discussions on just when to put the buck and the does together, we agreed on October 1st, looking to have baby goats in February or March. Maybe the beginning of February, if one of the girls is receptive right away. February is a little early for my taste; we can still be very cold in February but we have heat lamps and insulated boxes so everything should be alright!
|A bit too enthusiastic right away....|
Our Buck, known as Dandi Randi, has been ready to breed since the middle of summer! A goat buck's idea of making himself attractive involves urinating on his face...so Randi has been smelly and sticky and loud and pushy for some time! He has continually tried to get out of his pen, tried to get at the girls and generally been a little hard to handle! His name became Readi Randy and we've been getting tired of his antics. Finally, the last couple of weeks, we noticed the ladies were getting a little difficult. More obstinate, petulant, cranky and milk production has been down! Seems everybody is getting in the mood.
|A little dinner...|
The buck and the does will stay together 24/7 for more than a month now. Does are in heat (known as estrus) for only about one day, but will come back into heat in about three weeks. We want to make sure the 'deed' gets done so we'll give them lots of opportunity - as long as Randi stays a gentleman and doesn't appear to be getting rough with them! We will not take the chance of the ladies being injured so we're keeping a close eye on things - one of us will be around them regularly throughout the day! Kind of like a chaperon, don't you think?