Rather than waiting for spring and wondering why your goats didn't get pregnant, now is the time to get your ducks in a row -- er, um, goats! In this solo episode I'm talking about all of the things you need to consider during breeding season.
- If you breed your goats now, will they give birth at a time when you are not traveling or overly busy with work? Will it be freezing outside?
- How old or how big should your does be before the first breeding?
- How old do bucks need to be to successfully service does?
- Should you "flush" your does before breeding? (What does that even mean?)
- What are the pros and cons of pen breeding vs hand breeding?
- What are the sign that a doe is in heat?
- What does normal buck behavior look like (and sound like) during breeding season?
- What does a successful breeding look like?
- Should you try artificial insemination?
For more information on breeding your goats:
My free course on Goat Breeding includes videos to help you recognize signs of heat, as well as successful and unsuccessful breeding attempts -- and more!
Goats need proper nutrition for successful breeding, pregnancies, and birthing. That means they need a good, loose goat mineral, NOT a "sheep and goat" mineral and not a block or poured tub.
To learn more about copper deficiency, check out my free course on that topic here.
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