Friday, September 16, 2011

How Can I Tell If My Goat Is In Heat?

Our goats start coming in heat when the sunlight gets shorter in the fall. In Alaska, we are loosing over 5 minutes of sunlight each day (September) and all four of the Red Fence Farm does are showing signs of being in heat. The doe will act and sound different than normal when in heat. The constant bleating and the wagging of the tail (flagging) are the most dramatic signs of being in heat. In addition, their milk production slows and their appetite wanes.   When a doe in heat gets close to a buck, she will also stand close to the fence nearest the buck and not move. Take a look at one of the Red Fence Farm Nigerian Dwarf does in heat.

4 comments:

  1. one of my does shows very few signs of heat and has failed to be impregnated twice. any tips to increase her fertility?

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  2. Hi Heidi,
    Some does are really tough to figure if you don't have a buck right next door, but I can give you something just about as good. I'll grab one of my dish towels and rub it all over my rutty buck; they are really stinky this time of year. I'll stuff the rag in a quart jar and send it to you. Keep it sealed to maintain that rot-gut, doe-gotta-have-you odor. Every evening you can carefully remove the lid, give her a little snif and see if she shows interest. When she is in heat you'll know from her reaction.
    Happy Milking
    Mike

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  3. You have pointed out some great points. Glad you made this very relevant topic for those who are trying to find this out. Likewise thanks for sharing this. Keep it up!

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