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What age to stop breeding does

Discussion in 'Breeds & Breeding - Goats' started by Jesusfreak101, May 8, 2019.

  1. May 8, 2019
    Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Loving the herd life

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    I thinking for future reference. What age do yo normally stop breeding your does and what do you do with them when they are to old?
     
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    Hens and Roos

    Hens and Roos Herd Master

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    Not sure, this year we have a doe who turned 7 years old and she just had triplets and another doe who turned 6 years old and she currently has quads. We will monitor how well they are able to take care of their kids(weight/growth) plus what their condition looks like while nursing the kids and after the kids are weaned.

    Hopefully others will offer their insight as well!
     
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    B&B Happy goats

    B&B Happy goats Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    My neighbor had a ten year old goat that had triplets , but she died within a few days of kidding....
     
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    Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Loving the herd life

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    Oh no poor thing and poor babies to lose their momma so early.
     
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    Mini Horses

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    Some depends on health & care. Plus whether they were used for milk production as well. That takes a LOT of effort on their part & certainly enough extra feed and care for them to continue to flourish.

    When mine are through kidding, they retire right here. :love I am fortunate to have the land, shelter and all else to maintain them.
     
  6. May 9, 2019
    B&B Happy goats

    B&B Happy goats Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    How many years do you usually let a healthy doe breed ...if she kids once a year ?:frow
     
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    Grandma Betty

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    With the exception of the fryers, aged animals here become weed wackers...keeping the fence line clear is an important job.
     
  8. May 16, 2019
    GLENMAR

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    I have an 8 yr old who just had triplets. These will be her last. I don’t want to take a chance. A friend of mine retires hers at 10 yrs old.
     
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