Monday, November 28, 2011

Goat Courting

There is a plethora of information on the web and in print
on how and when to breed your goats.
And then there is my way.
It is as organized and precise as the rest of my life.
So there.

I could examine the rear end of my girl goats on a daily basis.
Jot down any changes in a little notebook so as not to forget a thing.
I could rub a rag on the stinky buck goat and take it to them to smell,
hoping this would bring them in to heat.
(never mind that a rag is not needed, as you can smell him for a quarter mile)
By doing this, I would have a pretty good idea, five months from now,
almost to the exact day that they would deliver.

I could do it right,
so that come next May.
I would not be whining to you on this blog
how I have no idea when they will be giving birth,
but that I must be there to help.

No, not me.
I apparently would like to put the effort in 
five months from now;
checking rear ends,
vacation days spent being a midwife
in waiting.

Some of us just never learn.

We cleaned the barn yesterday.
Hauling out anything a goat could possibly 
get hurt on or wrongly ingest.
Opened up two rooms and the outside pen,
so the girls would have plenty of room to 
run away and/or hide.
 And then we put them all together.
A buck, a wether, and two doe's.

It was chaotic to say the least.
 Ringo (the wether) didn't get what the excitement was about.
But I have to say, I was pleased with Rodeo (the buck).
Lots of smelling, snorting and sneezing
but not over aggressive or fighting with Ringo.

Just one more reason why I highly recommend
Nigerian Dwarf goats.
I have bred and raised other breeds and have
a true appreciation for this breed.

They were back to next to normal quickly,
as they are not unfamiliar with each other.
Rodeo will be much more settled now 
to have his herd with him all winter.

At least I timed it so as not to have babies in March.
I get a little credit for planning.  Right?


TexWisGirl said...

glad they've settled in. i hope the little wether will be okay!

dr momi said...

When I had goats that was my way too :-)

Jill said...

Glad they are doing well!

Chatty Crone said...

Hey is there no privacy here or what? lol

Courting - if you say so.

And I'm just not sure about all of this.



Annette said...

Rodeo is a very handsome buck. I can't wait to see the babies!

Sharon said...

Guess that would be easier than paperwork. :-)

Jennifer said...

How exciting... I'm tryin to breed Tulip & Star right now, so just maybe we will both be blogging about new babies this May/June :)

Your goats are so stinkin cute.

missing moments said...

Look forward to the little outcomes in May! ~smile~

Randy said...

I agree, I can't wait to see the babies!

rkbsnana said...

Courting, you say?

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I wouldn't be so good at keeping track either.

Sheeps and Peeps Farm said...

Must agree on the stinky buck, I think you can smell them a mile away. Great video... they are always entertaining!

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

Courting? hehe

I don't know anything about goats except that yours are very cute and I love the soap you make from their milk! :)

I'm looking forward to seeing the outcome of this courting come spring!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Exciting times down on the farm! It will all be worth it when the little ones arrive next spring. :)

Amy said...

good grief...and I thought it was bad here with a jacked up puppy...hee...

Seeing them up on their hind legs makes me laugh...

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I always vote for planned spontaneity! :)

Charlotte said...

Love the video. I am trying to work this out for my first time now.
May we have beautiful kids just after the last freeze.

Peggy said...

Good luck! Hope they all fall madly in love! Am on the hunt for a billy myself to do the exact same thing..crossing fingers I'm not too late for the season!