…except if you are a farmer and then it’s pretty easy! Since we don’t have a handsome buck on our farm (they are stinky and rough on fences) we take our girls to a local breeder, leave them for a few days and then pick them up with the hopes that they are bred.
Last year EB went to our breeder, Hidden Circle Farms, all by herself because Sade wasn’t quite big enough. However, this year EB will have her friend Sade with her in the buck pen. Then, next month my two youngest will go and meet their buck for the first time.
A goat’s gestation length is five months so we will expect to have June and July kids. Although Nigerian Dwarf goats can be bred all year, they are typically bred them in the fall so that the kids are born in the spring when the weather is warmer, but not too hot. Although having kids in July is not ideal because it’s in the middle of showing season and late in the summer for milk, we are waiting to breed the younger ones so they have one more month to grow.
Leaving my goats is always a little hard, especially when I know that things can get a little rough in the buck pen. Last year EB had a sore leg when she came home because the buck was pretty enthusiastic and she got caught in the fence, but luckily Tamara, the buck’s human ran in and saved her. She healed up quickly and gave us two beautiful bucklings and lots of delicious milk.
I wasn’t able to drop off Sade and EB today because I had to be at work so Ross got the honor. When he first dropped them off they all got acquainted. From Ross’ reports it sounds like EB was more comfortable with the buck since she had been through the motions before. Sade was a little bit more confused and just wanted to be let out of the pen with the stinky, a little too friendly goat. After a while she joined EB on the wood wire spool and everyone settled down. In the next few days the buck’s smell good should help the does come into a standing heat and all will be good in the goat neighborhood!