All of our does recently returned to the farm after a brief stay at the Hidden Circle Farm where they had a romantic stay with their buck boyfriend Razz. The gestation period for goats is about 5 months so we are hoping that come May and June we will be able to post lots of pictures of cute baby goats!
This year was the first year I actually caught one of my goats, Sade, the biggest flirt of them all, showing signs of her being in heat. Last year in my Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy post, I shared about how Sade was not very enthusiastic about going to the breeders, but this year she was ready and willing.
In order to help me detect my girls who are in heat I use a buck rag, which is a rag the breeder rubs on her bucks while they are in rut. If you have ever smelled a buck in rut you will never forget it. For those who have never had the pleasure, it smells like the most rank goat cheese you have ever smelled. Bucks get this version of smell good by peeing on their face. Yup, that’s right, on. their. face! When the does come in heat they will typically show increased interest in the rag, rubbing up on it, smelling it and even sometimes making grunting noises at the rag. These are all signs that the doe is ready to meet her Mr. Right. Luckily Sade showed all these signs in addition to trying to tease my castrated male goats by swishing her tail and showing off her hind end. These attention grabbing behaviors told me it was time to rush to the breeders.
When I got Sade to the breeders, Razz was instantly interested in the new hottie in his domain. He met us at the fence, curled up his lip and made quite the show prancing around. We needed to move him into the breeding area so we attempted to catch him without actually touching him too much because that stank doesn’t just wash off. After a few tries we had him in the breeding pen and we let Sade loose.
At first Sade played hard to get and jumped from surface to surface trying to get away from Razz. But it wasn’t long before Sade gave in and let Razz get close. Razz, being the gentle goat he is started with a gentle nuzzle on her neck before working his way towards the rear. Sade quickly figured out where the nuzzling was headed and jumped off the wire spool they were standing on but Razz was nimble and jumped off the spool at precisiely the right time and mounted her with the most amazing accuracy I have ever seen. If you blinked you would have missed the whole thing. From the time we got there to the time their little love making session was complete was maybe fifteen minutes.
The rest of does took a little longer since I wasn’t able to catch them in heat so they had to spend a few weeks at the breeders. They are all home now and hopefully growing what will be cute, bouncy little kids in the spring. Stay tuned!