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What age can you breed a goat?

Discussion in 'Breeds & Breeding - Goats' started by goat lady, May 22, 2009.

  1. May 22, 2009
    goat lady

    goat lady Ridin' The Range

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    I was wondering at what age would it be safe for breeding goats? How old should the female be and then the little Billy?
    Thank you.
  2. May 22, 2009
    wynedot55

    wynedot55 Old Bull

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    id say you can breed the nanny goat at 16 to 18 months old.but only if she is big enough to breed.now the billy can breed as young as 4 months old.but i prolly wouldnt let him breed till he was 12 or 16 months old.but thats just me.
  3. May 22, 2009
    helmstead

    helmstead Goat Mistress

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    It really depends on the type of goat. Miniatures should wait until they're at least a yearling. Large breeds, the general rule of thumb is 8 months or 80 lbs.

    You have to use common sense. If they look too small or immature to breed, than they probably ARE.

    Bucks are sexually mature, generally, at 2 months of age. The youngest you're likely to have a buckling actually do the deed is about 5-6 months.
  4. May 22, 2009
    Chirpy

    Chirpy Overrun with beasties

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    I'm with them both on this. I would much rather wait an extra year than to breed too young. It can only help a doe to wait until she's older and more physically mature before breeding her.

    I have Nigi's who I won't be breeding until they are 16 to 18 months old.
  5. May 24, 2009
    ()relics

    ()relics Overrun with beasties

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    I breed my does,full blood and percentage boers, to kid late january/early febuary. The doelings that I intend to keep for breeding purposes are weaned 60-90 days and fed a show goat meat builder pelleted feed, 16% protein. They are kept seperate from the other older does and on the better pasture with the better feed ration. I expose them to a billy starting late july to follow the schedule of Jan/Feb kidding. They have their first kid before they are 1 year old...Keep in mind they are fed and cared for better than the older does to give them an above average body condition score...My goal is show animals and meat market animals so waiting an extra year isn't an option...The increased cost of the feed ration and care is offset by them producing a kid inside their first year. My young billies are only exposed to does after they have been covered by my older bucks...they serve only to service does that are missed by the other bucks...they see their first real action in the summer after they are 1 year old....If I have a buckling that I want to keep, I leave it with his mother when she goes back to the pasture with the other does...He acts as a teaser to the does but is too small in size to fertilize them. He stays with them until he is nearly 5 months old before he is weaned...Then re-exposed to the does after they have been with the billy all summer....

    IMO...no telling if I do things the right way...But so far it seems to be working....
  6. May 27, 2009
    D Bar J Acres

    D Bar J Acres Exploring the pasture

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    I won't even breed my nigerians to until they are 12-15 months, where some breeders have theirs kidding by 12-13 months. They are just "babies" themselves yet!
  7. May 27, 2009
    goat lady

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    So I should have my wonderful husband build a separate pen for the boys and keep them away from the girls till they are all old enough? We have two goats now and are looking at getting two dwarf nigerians. I am thinking of breeding those two if I find two that we like. I am still looking. Thanks for the advice so far.
  8. Jun 1, 2009
    ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Alpaca Master

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    I just bought 2 Nigerian Dwarf doelings and the advice from all the farms that I talked to is to wait until they are at least 18 months old before you breed them. It is better for the dwarfs to be more mature.
  9. Jun 10, 2009
    goatkeeper

    goatkeeper Just born

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    I have purebred boers and I breed my nannies no sooner than 10-11 months. I agree with wynedot55 that the bucks can start breeding around 4 months.
  10. Jun 10, 2009
    mully

    mully Loving the herd life

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    I would wait at least 1 year... give her a chance to develop and be healthy. This way you can see how she is growing.

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