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Old 06-12-2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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I have been raising them for 5 years now. I know they cycle year round, and come into heat younger than standard breeds. However I have a few 6-8wk old doelings who I could SWEAR are in heat? I'm talking flagging, a teasing stand, gooey hoo haa, all the heat signs. I have just never seen them come into heat so young? Any Nigi breeders ever see this? Anyone have experience with this?
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:50 PM   #2
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My miniatures also exhibit signs of heat around 8 weeks.
Whether or not it is an actual heat and they could get
bred, I don't know. I mentioned this to a friend of mine
and she was shocked. Said none of hers had ever done
that at that age. In the five years I have kidded out does,
every year the my doelings have started at around 8 weeks.

Whether or not it has anything to do with it or not, my
bucks are penned less than 100 feet away.



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Old 06-12-2012, 08:27 PM   #3
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Thank you for the reply! My bucks are penned quite a ways away, but all the young kids are together. None go over 8 wks before wethering though. I agree I don't think it's a "true" heat, but maybe they are just going through that stage of development? Which I guess it makes sense? The little bucklings start displaying their "buckiness" at a couple of days old, they just can't really do anything quit yet...

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Weird, wonder if it could be certain bloodlines? Mine have never shown signs of heat that early, and my bucks are kept right next to them sharing a fence line.

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Old 06-13-2012, 01:03 AM   #5
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Mine do show signs of heat that early, while I don't believe they can "take" it is something that I do not chance..
My buck babies start in trying at just a few days old, but they cannot unsheath it.. so they cannot breed the does..

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I know (personally) someone whose Nigerian doeling went into heat at a month old and kidded a tiny single doeling at 6 months old.

Insane.

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Old 06-13-2012, 03:29 PM   #7
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^ oh goodness!! That IS crazy!

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The youngest I've seen a full on, raging heat in one of my ND kids was at 12 weeks. She was a hearty, well grown out kid and was at the fence flagging, hollering, discharging, the whole nine yards. She certainly would have been bred if given the chance.

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Bucks definately at 12 weeks too! I had to pull one last night. I have one Nubian doe that didn't get bred, and apparently she's cycling now. I really hope I don't have a Nov kidding!

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All my mini mancha girls act like they are in heat at 4-6 weeks!! And my little bucklings sure do try at a week or less. I haven't had one get the bucks too excited. Or atleast they haven't tried to mount that I have seen and my doelings can get right in with my bucks till they are 8 weeks old. I like that they are that way. To me it means that they will be ready whenever I am to breed. Weather it be at 7 months (which I like to start breeding) or later. To me that shows that they are going to be breedable.



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