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Doe is riding the wether

Discussion in 'Behaviors & Handling Techniques - Goats' started by rodriguezpoultry, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. Jul 25, 2018
    rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Loving the herd life

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    So, I'm really, REALLY new to the whole goat thing. I started out with 2 wethers (soon to be 1...stupid McDerp. I swear he's part deer). And I now have 1 doe in milk. Her last kid was in December 2017. I noticed one wether was riding her and she wouldn't stand, which is fine with me. She's still milking and I don't "need" a kid at the moment. (Meaning, I don't want to go through the hassle of taking her to the breeder to have her bred by her male at the moment.)

    Until today, she and the one wether she gets along with were playing and she started trying to ride HIM instead! Is that normal for a doe in heat or is it just a dominance or play thing that they do as well?
     
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  2. Jul 25, 2018
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Herd Master

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    Not unusual for a doe in heat to mount other goats. :)
     
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    rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Loving the herd life

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    Will they do it in play or dominance too? Or is it purely a hormonal thing?
     
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    I notice it during heat cycles. My goats butt heads if there are dominance issues.
     
  5. Aug 11, 2018
    walkonfarms

    walkonfarms Chillin' with the herd

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    it is hormonal. The does normal do it at the end of their heat cycle.